#2 Wabash Falls To #1 Ft Wayne Luers In Regional Final

Saturday, Feb 19th

The Wabash Lady Apaches would meet Ft Wayne Luers for the second year in a row for the Lewis Cass regional title. It was a classic battle, but the Luers height and depth took its toll on Wabash with Luers defeating the Lady Apaches 53-41 for the championship.

Luers caught Wabash off guard with their speed and height to start the game, taking off to a 7-0 lead. Kyleigh Hampton broke the ice with a three pointer, followed by a Kelsey Cromer bucket and Wabash was within 4 at 9-5. The Luers shooting was hot the first quarter, hitting three more buckets without a miss with buckets from Cromer and Marin Hill sandwiched in between and the Lady Apaches trailed 16-9 after one.

Luers hit the first bucket of the second quarter to go up 18-9. Wabash, trying to stay calm and play within their game plan got a bucket from Hill and a free throw from Kaleigh Hensley to make it 18-12. Luers offense stayed hot, but Gabi Nearing playing the best day of basketball in her Wabash career hit two buckets to keep Wabash close at 22-16. Luers hit again, this time answered by a Kelsey Cromer three and Wabash was within five at 24-19. Luers hit two free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining and then fouled Hensley at the buzzer, who sank both free throws with no time remaining to make it 26-21 at the half.

The third quarter would be a barn burner. Hampton started the scoring to draw Wabash to 26-23. After a Luers bucket, Hensley who was seeing a box and one all night hit her first bucket of the game to make it 28-25. It was punch, counter punch the rest of the quarter and Luers lead 37-33 headed for the final quarter.

Luers would start the fourth quarter with three straight buckets, one a three pointer to open a 44-33 lead, causing Wabash to call a time out with 4:55 to go. Thirty seconds after the time out, Hampton fouled out anf the Luers height advantage became even greater. A Luers free throw, two from Nearing and a Marin Hill bucket and it was 45-37 with 1:42 to go. After some traded free throws it was 47-41 with 59.9 to go and Wabash was forced to foul to try and catch up. Luers connected on six straight free throws to win the regional title 53-41.

The Lady Apaches had an incredible run this year, finishing with a 23-2 record and competing for the regional title for the second year in a row. Wabash won 22 games in a row before falling to Luers and were the 2010 Wabash County Champions.

Leading Wabash was Kelsey Cromer and Gabi Nearing with 10 points each. Marin Hill, Kaleigh Hensley and Kyleigh Hampton each had 7 points.

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