Cinderella LIVES - Waverly South-Share knocks off Faith to advance to State B tournament

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Rob Carpenter’s Waverly South-Shore Coyotes knocked off No. 2 seed Faith, 48-43 to advance to the Class B state tournament.

By Rich Winter

When the Class B region tournaments started on Feb. 18 little outside the communities of Waverly and South Shore figured the Coyotes had any kind of chance to make the state tournament.

On that Feb. 18 day Rob Carpenter’s 11-7 Coyotes, the No. 6 seed from Region 1, took down Aberdeen Christian 53-14

And then the girls beat No. 3 seed Florence-Henry, 71-45

And then, they beat No. 2 Clark/Willow-Lake, 52-45, advancing to the SoDak 16…As u can imagine an 11-7 regular season record found the Coyotes drawn in as the No. 15 seed.

So, last night, in a game played in Gettysburg, No. 2 Faith vs. No. 15 Waverly South-Shore

The Coyotes did it again…knocking off 21-2 Faith, 48-43 to advance to the Class B state tournament.

Recap: Ali Kranz (senior) (six rebounds) and Erin Comes (SENIOR) each totaled 11 points for Waverly-South Shore, which improved to 15-7 on the season in the victory. Carly Heuer produced nine points with Emily Kranz adding seven points and five boards. Payton and Erin Comes each had five assists and Erin three steals.

The Coyotes were 16-of-38 from the floor (42 percent), hitting eight 3-pointers and finished with 22 rebounds and 14 turnovers. Waverly-South Shore took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter and held on for the victory.

Mikenzy Miller and Jayden Shoemaker each had 11 points and Sydnie Schauer 10 for Faith, which concludes the season 21-2. Aiyana Byrd had six points and eight rebounds.

How awesome for a squad that finished 6th in their region, finished 11-7 in the regular season, losing 2-of-3 down the stretch to find themselves in a State Tournament…

Wow, well done…there has got to be a lot of people up north smiling at this improbable run.

Next up: No. 1 ranked Ethan in the first game of the Class B state tournament, Thursday in Huron.