Published On: Wed, Mar 5th, 2008

Coleridge falls in State Tny opener

coleridge-girls-state3.jpgLINCOLN — The Coleridge crowd was screaming itself hoarse during the first half of Thursday’s Class D2 State Girls Basketball Tournament opener here.
The local crowd had plenty to cheer about as the Coleridge girls trailed top-seeded and heavily favored Falls City Sacred Heart by just three points — 23-20 — going into the halftime break.

Coleridge started the contest out strong.
Junior Taylor Olsen gave the Lady Blue an early 4-2 lead with the first of her 14 points. The Irish then hit back to back shots to regain the lead. Olsen followed by hiting a pair of free throws with just over three and a half minutes left in the opening frame to give the Lady Blue the lead once again, 8-6.
The first frame ended with Sacred Heart up 10-8.
Solid Irish defense held the Lady Blue in check for much of the second quarter, but the Lady Dawgs came alive late in the first half to rip off a 10-4 run and pull within three at the break.
Coleridge closed to within one point during the run thanks to an Olsen jumper to make the score 19-18 with just under a minute left in the half.
Sacred Heart All Stater Katelyn Wheeler gave the Irish a 21-18 lead on their next possession, but Dana Hansen responded with a bucket to cut Sacred Heart’s lead to 21-20. An Alicia Goltz jumper just before the buzzer gave the Falls City team the 23-20 advantage.

The second half started out much the same as the first, as the two teams traded baskets in the early going. The Irish then strung together a 15-0 run to close out the quarter and start out the final frame to take control of the contest and earn the 57-44 decision.
Coleridge ended the year at 20-4.
Falls City Sacred Heart, then went on to lose to eventual champion Ewing, 57-51, before defeating Chambers 57-49 in overtime in the first-ever Class D2 Consolation Championship game.
Even though the Lady Blue were the huge underdog in the contest, they gave the Irish all they could handle during the first 20 minutes of the contest.
Coach Ken Swanson’s team came out of the locker room fired up for the second half and rallied to tie the game at 30-30 on a Sophie Wemhoff jumper just three minutes into the third frame.
The Irish defense clamped down, sealing the Coleridge basket after that.
The Irish held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest.

Coach Swanson said his girls were not intimidated by the powerful Falls City team.
“We thought we were going to make another one of our runs. We put them at the free-throw line and they really didn’t miss from there.”
It wasn’t to be, though, as the Irish outscored Coleridge 19-10 in the third quarter and 15-14 in the final frame.
The Coleridge offense was paced by a pair of double-figure scorers as Dana Hansen finished with a team-high 16 points. Olsen chipped in with 14 of her own.

Wheeler led a trio of Sacred Heart players in double figures with her game-high 24 points. Marie Kuker added 11 points for the victors, while Tori Olberding added 10.
Despite the loss, Swanson said he was pleased with the team’s effort during the game and during the season.
“It’s been a good run for us,” Swanson said. “The girls can be proud of that.”

Coleridge 8 12 10 14—44
Falls City SH 10 13 19 15—57

Coleridge Falls City
FTs 5-8 14-17
Fouls 15 12

Coleridge – Dana Hansen, 16; Taylor Olsen, 14; Kelsey Papenhausen, 6; Sophie Wemhoff, 4; Brittany Graham, 2; Morgan Arduser, 2. Falls City Sacred Heart – Katelyn Wheeler, 24; Marie Kuker, 11; Tori Olberding, 10; Alicia Goltz, 5; Rachel Bieker, 5; Mallory Hillyard, 2.