March 18, 2019 04:58 PM
(ABC 6 News) – An eleven-year drought is finally over for the Austin Packers girls’ basketball team.
On Thursday night, the Packers pulled off their second straight upset in the Section 1 girls’ basketball tournament when they took down the Northfield Raiders 62-50 in the Section 1AAA championship game.
It’s didn’t take long for the Packers to find their rhythm. Early in the first half, Austin took a solid lead over the Raiders, but Northfield came back and tied it up at 17.
Then, Austin’s offense went off.
Going into halftime, the Packers were up 32-22. Austin’s lead over Northfield held all the way to the end.
"We're not the best team out there, but we sure play hard," Packers head coach Eric Zoske said after his team's win. "We don't have one best player, we have nine good players and it's just been a recipe of hard work."
The team's leading scorers tonight were junior forward Kyra Walters who had 17 points and teammate Colie Justice with 16.
"We worked hard, really all year for this game," Justice said. "This was our goal and it feels great to come out on top. We definitely put in the work in the offseason and every day in practice and it feels so good that it paid off. "
The Packers went 19-8 in the regular season and only continued to dominate in the postseason. During the semifinals, Austin upset top-seeded Red Wing 73-68. Now, they are section champions and state bound.
"I'm just so happy for the girls," Zoske exclaimed."That it all paid off and this is our reward."
As the Section 1AAA champions, the Packers will play in the Class AAA state girls’ basketball tournament, which begins on Wednesday in Minneapolis, MN.
Updated: March 18, 2019 04:58 PM
Created: March 08, 2019 08:47 PM
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