COLUMBIA, MO - The Eminence girls (29-1) added a class 1 state basketball title to their state volleyball championship last Fall. The Redwings knocked off fellow Ozarks power Walnut Grove (26-6) 36-35 Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.
Down 35-34 with just 3 seconds left Eminence senior Katrina Nichols was fouled in the act of shooting. Despite being just 7 for 25 (28%) on the season, she calmly knocked down both free throws to seal the victory; 2 of her 4 points in the game.
"I'm glad it was her and not me," said Eminence head coach Jeff Williams. "I have confidence in any one of my players to step up and especially my seniors."
Williams' daughter, senior point guard Kelsey Williams led the way as she has all season with a game high 16 points.
"It just feels really good," said Williams of winning the state title. "I couldn't tell you unless you did it. You just want to smile all the time."
Eminence avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Tigers in the Walnut Grove championship, what turned out to be their only loss of the season.
Walnut Grove, who was seeking its first state title since winning it all in 2007 was led by sophomore Heather Harman's 9 points.