ALLEN - Just two weeks earlier, the two squads had met as undefeated teams to battle for supremacy. But it was the Bluegrass Eagles who emerged as the better team on that day with a 37-36 victory over the Wesley Lady Riders. Heading into the KCAA state tournament, Wesley was the state’s second-ranked team behind Bluegrass, the defending state champion. Bluegrass was on the road to repeat as champion as it had easily handled teams in the tournament leading up to the finals. Wesley, however, wouldn’t be denied as it managed to pull away to defeat Bluegrass for the junior varsity state title.
On a much harder road, Wesley had to erase a quick 12-point deficit to defeat a talented Community squad by four points in the semifinals. The JV State Championship game started like the last time these two teams met with Wesley carrying a narrow lead into halftime. But in that game, Bluegrass was able to overcome to win and the chance for that to happen again by the top-ranked team was highly possible. But not this time. Wesley dominated the second half to bring home the championship, defeating the defending state champion 63-43.
Abby James led Wesley with 28 points. Joining James in double figures, Lauren Nelson added 14 points for the Lady Riders. Lexi Goble added seven points for Wesley Christian in the win.
James was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Nelson and Anna James joined her on the All-Tournament team.
STATE CHAMPION: Wesley Christian team members included Abby James, Lauren Nelson, Lexi Goble, Hayley Wallen, Anna James, Savannah Jarrell and Jordan Tackett. Bobby Joe Spencer, Rick Wallen and Dannette James coach the Lady Riders.
Wesley Christian finished the season with a 12-1 record and a KCAA Junior Varsity state title.