Maddy Reed had seen Katie Van Scyoc light up the nets inside The Castle plenty of times before.
So, the senior standout barely batted an eye when the freshman scorched Cedar Grove-Belgium for a career-high 27 points in Friday’s 77-48 win in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal.
“She’s great, but we see that all time in practice,” said Reed, who chipped in 23 points and nine rebounds. “She really stepped up tonight.”
Lourdes Academy coach Ali Fett shared the same sentiment as Reed and was proud of the way her freshman came through.
“She’s a special kid,” Fett said. “We know that her capabilities are that night-in, night-out. It was a special night for her because it was kind of her coming out party here, but the reality is we know what she’s capable of.
“You’re going to see a lot more of that over the next three years and I’m happy about it.”
The top-seeded Knights advance to a regional final tonight against Cambridge, which knocked off fifth-seeded Horicon, 70-43, on Friday.
Van Scyoc, who scored 18 points in the first half and knocked down three 3-pointers in the game, credited her teammates as the key to her performance.
“My teammates were obviously passing me the ball and getting me open,” Van Scyoc said. “Everybody was working together and it just kind of turned out like that.”
Van Scyoc scored Lourdes’ final eight points of the first quarter as the Knights broke out to a 21-8 lead.
The eighth-seeded Rockets, though, didn’t go away easily though.
Cedar Grove-Belgium put together a 9-2 run early in the second quarter to get within 24-17 before a Van Scyoc runner stemmed the tide for the Knights.
She knocked down a 3-pointer later in the period to push the lead back to 11 and Hunter Godfroy scored three points in the final 33 seconds to send Lourdes into halftime with a 14-point lead.
“It definitely makes me want to shoot more, make more and help my teammates out more,” Van Scyoc said of making the early 3-pointers. “It gives me a lot more confidence to shoot.”
But just when the Knights felt comfortable, the Rockets started raining in 3s.
Cedar Grove-Belgium hit five 3-pointers in the third quarter to chip away at the Knights’ lead, eventually pulling to within 50-43 with 1:28 left in the period.
“We knew they were a good shooting team and they took some deep 3s and connected and they just wouldn’t go away tonight,’ Fett said. “That’s what you want in the postseason is you want a game with that aggressive mentality and never letting up.”
The Rockets had a chance to pull even closer but missed on two possessions down by seven.
Then it was Van Scyoc converting a 3-point play with 1:16 left in the period, Lauren Fischer scoring off a putback and Reed draining a 3-pointer as time expired in the quarter to boost the Knights lead back to 15.
“I honestly had no idea how much time was left and the bench was right there yelling the whole time to tell me that I should throw it up there,” Reed said. “And I guess it went in.”
As hot as Cedar Grove-Belgium was in the third quarter, the Rockets were just that cold in the fourth quarter, where they went without a field goal for the first 4½ minutes of the period and made just 1-of-8 free-throw attempts allowing the Knights to pull away.
Van Scyoc had six points and Fischer — who finished with 11 points — added a pair of baskets as Lourdes opened the fourth quarter with 11-0 run and pulled away down the stretch.
“(This win) is definitely great for us younger players, too, just to get a feel for the playoffs,” said Van Scyoc, known as “Van Swag” to her teammates. “It gives us a lot momentum and hopefully we can continue.”
CGB…8 16 19 4 — 48
Lourdes Acad…21 17 20 19 — 77
Cedar Grove-Belgium: Caldwell 13, Ten Haken 3, Legler 14, VonHeimburg 15, Feind 2, DeRuyter 1. 3-pointers: 8 (VanHeimburg 5, Caldwell 2, TenHaken). FTs: 6-19. Fouls: 21.
Lourdes Academy: Honsinger 2, Reed 23, Godfroy 6, Spanbauer 4, Van Scyoc 27, Bradley 3, Fischer 11. 3-pointers: 7 (Van Scyoc 3, Reed 2, Fischer, Bradley). FTs: 18-30. Fouls: 19.