Maddy Reed had a lot on her mind Saturday night.
First and foremost, coming into the WIAA Division 4 Regional Final between the Lourdes Academy Knights and the Reedsville Panthers, Reed was looking for a way to help lead her team to a Regional title and a potential rematch with powerhouse Algoma.
Also, Reed, a 5-foot-10 junior guard, was just nine points away from scoring 1,000 points in her Knights career.
She figured out how to do both.
Scoring 17 points, including a big time 10-of-12 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, Reed and her fellow Knights held off an extremely pesky Reedsville Panther team for a 54-48 victory.
“Last year I called her my sophomore savior; I don’t know what starts with a ‘J’, but she is pretty awesome,” said Knights coach Ali Fett. “The best part is that I get to see is her work ethic in practice. It doesn’t just happen for kids like her. She doesn’t get those kinds of accomplishments without putting in the time, and that is when no one is looking. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Just like Lourdes’ regional semi-final victory, they were plagued by a slow start. The difference this time was they were able to hound Reedsville into an even slower start, holding the Panthers to just five points in the first quarter, and held a 24-18 lead at halftime.
Both teams struggled from the field in the game, which was a testament to the stingy defense that both squads played. By the fourth quarter, with field goals at a premium, the big time players started to step up for both teams.
Reedsville’s downfall was their youth. With just three seniors on the roster, their inexperience showed late in the game, allowing for Reed’s performance to carry the Knights to victory.
“We went into our diamond D, and we just are towers when we go into that,” Fett said. “We run it well, and after that, they weren’t looking to penetrate as much, and that was good.”
Along with Reed’s 17, Lauren Fischer hit three 3s and finished with 13 points. Jessie Roberts hit a three pointer in every quarter to finish with 12.
For Reedsville, Shelby Otto chipped in a team high 13, with Riley Grimm and Breena Kiekhaefer adding 11 apiece. Kiekhaefer was 7-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
With the victory, the Knights travel to Seymour to take on No. 1 seed Algoma at 7 p.m. on Thursday
Reedsville 5 13 11 19 — 48
Lourdes Acad. 10 14 8 22 — 54
Reedsville: Dietrich 2, Sheahan 3, Rossers 3, Ebben 2, Otto 11, Griam 11, Kieckhaefer 11, Holschbach 5. 3-pointers: 1 (Sheahan). FTs: 13-21. Total fouls: 19. Fouled out: Otto, Holschbach.
Lourdes Academy: Reed 17, Godfroy 3, Spanbauer 5, Roberts 12, Fischer 13, Engstrom 4. 3-pointers: 8 (Roberts 4, Fischer 3, Spanbauer). FTs: 16-21. Total fouls: 17.