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Thanks, Sauk women, for a special season

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

Congratulations to the Sauk Valley Community College women’s basketball team for an outstanding season. This talented team created something special to cheer about during this long and dreary winter.

Jed Johnson coached a fine group of young women to a 23-6 season. The regional championship win over Kennedy-King was a total team effort and the first region title since 2008.

An exciting game highlighted the improvement of these dedicated athletes since the beginning of the season. Three members were named to the All-Tournament team, including the tournament’s MVP. 

Sauk’s next challenge involved an 800-mile bus trip to meet Lake Region State College in balmy North Dakota. Lake Region is a scoring machine, averaging a 26-point margin of victory throughout the season. They scored at least 100 points in four games, winning one game by 73 points. (Really … was that necessary?)

Sauk started slowly and could have easily given up after trailing by 18 points.

The team showed great character in making several scoring runs during the game. They trimmed the lead to five points with less than 2 minutes to go. Sadly, their season ended that day. 

These young ladies are tough, talented, and a class act. They showed great sportsmanship and proved themselves to be wonderful representatives of our community. More fan support would be awesome.

Plan to be there in November. Best wishes to the graduating class in your future endeavors. With the returning talent, another exciting season is on the horizon. Thanks for the memories.

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