- Posted March 23, 2014 by
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Kettle Moraine Lutheran Chargers Capture State Title
It’s no news to spectators that when the Kettle Moraine Lutheran Chargers stepped onto the Resch Center court on Saturday, March 22, they came to play. Not only did they come to play, they came to win.
Coming into the WIAA Division III state tournament with a 27-1 season, Coach Jason Walz and the Chargers knew they’d have to continue their tenacious defense and persistent offense in order to continue to be a threat.
They did just that. With a 28-23 victory, the Chargers took home the gold ball against the Neilllsville Warriors in what proved to be the lowest combined scoring game in the history of the tournament. KML missing their first 13 shots as well as Neillsville missing 19 out of 23 baskets in the first half previewed the low-scoring outcome of the game.
At halftime, the Warriors were up 11-9. Holding Neillsville’s senior and UW-Milwaukee recruit Jenny Lindner to a mere 13 points was a major factor helping the Chargers take the steady lead in the second half. With the Chargers aggressive defense, they held the Warriors to one point in the third quarter coming out ahead 18-12. KML’s senior Andrea Meinert led the Chargers with 13 points with junior Mikayla Voigt adding 7. With 3.1 seconds left, two free throws made by point guard Sharla Boehlke capped off the Chargers win.
The overall selfless character of the Chargers is what continues to impress fans. The impressive win was not done by one single player, but all of the team. Players like Kari Schneiss, who was responsible for holding Lindner to one of her lowest scoring games, are great attributes to the team. Meinert does her fair share of scoring, but is not hesitant to dish the ball to an open teammate on the perimeter. The amount of high fives, butt slaps, words of encouragement, mischievous glances, and smiles shared between this team shows their connection on and off the court. With team chemistry like that, the Chargers took home a well-deserved state title.