CSLA makes program history, earn playoff spot
Deflated by an upset loss to Crosshill Christian Feb. 10, the C.S. Lewis Academy girls basketball team still had a clear path to the Casco League district tournament.
After falling 45-25 to Perrydale Feb. 11, a win at Falls City Friday night would have secured the Watchmen fifth place and a match up with Jewell in the first round. Unfortunately, the Mountaineers sank a shot with four seconds remaining to win 34-32, forcing a tiebreaker game Saturday at Gaston High School.
That seems to have awakened CSLA, which proceeded not only to win the rematch 43-39 Saturday, but also beat Jewell 30-28 Monday night and advance to the second round of the district tournament, quite possibly for the first time in school history.
After combining to score 52 points in the first three games, senior Lana Friedrich added 12 more at Jewell, but it was Katelyn Reimer and Halah Grobey who played hero Monday.
Trailing by four with 14 seconds to go, Reimer nailed a three-pointer to make it 28-27. Jewell then turned the ball over with four ticks left on the clock. On the ensuring play, Lydia Pia tripped, but somehow managed a pass to Grobey, who banked in a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded.
The win sets up a third-place game Thursday at McMinnville High School versus St. Paul, which fell 34-33 to Perrydale in the first round Monday.
C.S. Lewis Academy 50, Perrydale 43 Matt Martin scored 24 points as the Watchmen completed a season sweep of the Pirates Feb. 11.
C.S. Lewis Academy 57, Falls City 35 Evan Hager scored a team-high 15 points to help wrap up third place in the Casco League.