Redemption! That was the theme of last night’s Algoma Wolves 23 point victory over Oshkosh Lourdes in the WIAA Division 4 sectional semi-final in Seymour. After losing by two to the Knights last year in the sectional semi-final, Algoma was determined to repay the favor.
Almost a year to the date, Algoma point guard Taylor Schmidt was sitting with WRLU 104.1 FM providing color commentary of the heart breaking sectional semi-final loss to the Knights. Unable to play last year due to an ACL tear, Taylor put in the time and effort to get back to the court and earn the Packerland Conference player of the year award.
Thursday night, she would be matched up with another player of the year in Maddy Reed. The Algoma senior got the best of the game within the game. Schmidt finished with five steals and 11 points. Junior post player Kennedy Blahnik led the way with 16 points.
The Wolves pulled away in the second quarter with a 17-5 advantage in the eight minutes before halftime. With 8.6 seconds left on the first half clock, Lourdes had the ball and turned it over and with approximately a second left on the clock freshman post player Anna Dier heaved a fade-away 35 footer that banked hard off the backboard and into the basket for a 29-14 halftime lead. Here is Anna Dier talking about the miracle shot.
Dier's Description Of Her First Career Three Point Attempt
Algoma matches up with Oconto in the sectional final Saturday on 104.1 FM WRLU from Waupaca. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 PM with tip at 7:00 PM.