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Eagles return with unfinished business

Garrett Short
Created: March 14, 2020 06:46 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Lourdes girls basketball team returned to Rochester Saturday with unfinished business after the remainder of the state tournament was cancelled due to concerns regarding COVID-19.

"We really felt like this was our year," senior Anna Otto said.

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The Eagles had a tremendous season, finishing 28-2 with a Hiawatha Valley League title and a section title. Lourdes hadn't lost since Jan. 7 and were just two wins away from their first state title in 15 years.

"It was pretty disappointing just to know how hard we worked this year and just have it be taken out of our control. I think it would've been a little bit easier if it would've been a loss that had taken us out, cause then we would've known that we gave it everything we had," Otto said.

As the top seed in AA, it's easy for the Eagles to imagine what could have been.

"The lack of closure is definitely something to be dealt with. But it's a life lesson. This happens in life and it's a tough lesson for us and you don't like it to happen especially to a bunch of girls that have worked so hard. But this is something they will carry with them and learn from," Head Coach Aaron Berg said.

When the Eagles returned to the high school Saturday morning, they were met by friends, family and fans, all supporting a team that will go down in Lourdes history-- state title or no state title.

"To come back and see our community here, students that you don't even talk to every single day. Students are all here to support you just because you go to Lourdes," senior Alyssa Ustby said.


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