State C Girls: A three-peat for Belt

State C Girls: A three-peat for Belt


State C Girls: A three-peat for Belt


Belt’s Katie Fertterer drives to the basket against the Hinsdale defense during State C action Saturday night in Hamilton.

Belt’s Katie Fertterer drives to the basket against the Hinsdale defense during State C action Saturday night in Hamilton.

The Belt Huskies got their three-peat in most convincing fashion.

The Huskies of coach Jeff Graham defeated the Hinsdale Raiders 63-18 Saturday night and became the first State C girls’ team to win three straight state championships.

“It’s just fitting for those seniors,” Graham said. “There’s no other way those kids should have went out. They’ve put too much time in since the sixth grade.”

Senior star Katie Fertterer dominated Hinsdale, scoring 24 points and bringing down six rebounds.

“It’s a really great accomplishment that we all did together,” Fertterer said. “I don’t really know what to say, it’s a great feeling.”

But Fertterer wasn’t alone.

Teammates Addy Martin added 11 points, and Kara Gerke and Bailey Cooper added seven and eight, respectively.

For a Belt team that shot 4 of 30 from 3-point range Friday, the marksmanship was much better. The Huskies dropped nine 3-pointers to thoroughly dominate the game from behind the arc.

“Our shots were going to fall sometime, we just had to keep shooting,” Fertterer said.

Whitney Molina led Hinsdale with seven points and four rebounds.

Hinsdale took the early 3-0 lead after Chadaya Christensen knocked one down.

But she awoke a shooting performance Belt could not have projected.

With five-tenths-of-a-second left in the first quarter, coach Jeff Graham told his players to look at the time, and they did.

Gerke tossed up a shot that bounced around before falling, giving Belt the 15-5 first quarter lead.

“I don’t think it’s going to sink in for a while,” Graham said of the amazing run his program has enjoyed. “It’s special, buddy, it’s special.”

Fertterer got the Huskies started, scoring their first six points. And teammates Kara Gerke and Addy Martin were soon ready to pitch in.

The trio jump-started a 13-4 run in the second quarter, scoring all of the Huskies first-half points.

Belt knocked down five 3-pointers on their way to a 28-9 halftime lead.

As the second half started, Hinsdale tried to find an answer as Molina hit a 3-pointer to put their deficit at 32-12.

But Belt exploded an offense with baskets from Kieran Bergstrom, Fertterer and Josie Stinson.

We knew we had to get a lead and force them to play with tempo,” Graham said.

When it couldn’t get any worse for Hinsdale, eight more points from Fertterer put Belt up 47-13, sealing the game.

Hinsdale’s only lead of the game came in the first quarter. The Raiders finished with 17 turnovers, compared with Belt’s nine.

For the Huskies, the blowout was a fitting exclamation point to what has been a most memorable run of championships.

“That’s a memory that I’ll always have forever. Those girls are my best friends,” Fertterer said. “I’ll never forget them.”


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