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STC Trojans close out season at State tourney

March 2, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

On Tuesday, Feb. 27 the South Tama girls basketball team took the court of Wells Fargo Arena for the first time in seven years. The Trojans faced No. 1 Crestwood for the contest. Unfortunately for the Trojans, who were the only unranked team to qualify at the state tournament throughout all five classes, the top ranked Cadets lived up to their billing and took care of business against STC. Crestwood's 35 point rout of the Trojans made for a tough way to close out the season.

Those are the facts, but the story of the game is that the Trojans were at the Iowa Girls State Tournament in the first place. Many didn't expect that of the 2017/18 girls squad. They were a fairly young team with just one senior, Sadie Smith. They also had a brand new head coach, Todd Dale. So while it was a surprise, it was well earned. Despite a third place finish in the WaMaC West conference, South Tama took only two losses this season to unranked opponents. The regular season gauntlet of ranked teams (CPU, Marion, Grinnell, Grundy Center and Western Dubuque) provided the Trojans with the experience needed to push through their playoff competition.

The Trojans (15-9) began their road to The Well with a 45-34 win over PCM and then a 56-52 win over 6th ranked Roland-Story. They followed those two wins up by narrowly defeating West Marshall 38-36.

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The STC girls basketball team proudly hold their quarterfinals trophy despite their loss to Crestwood on Tuesday, Feb. 27. It was just the fourth appearance in a girls State tournament for the Trojans.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

That brought South Tama to just their fourth appearance in school history at the Girls State Tournament. The Trojans knew the contest would be a struggle especially with Crestwood's 6-foot-2 sophomore center Sharon Goodman. Goodman finished with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Shannon Pisney added 19 points for the Cadets.

Following halftime and a 40-12 deficit, STC's Jessica Musgrave who is Class 3A's third leading scorer was finally able to get some offensive production going. Musgrave closed the game with her fourth double-double in as many games (14 points and 10 rebounds).

Despite the loss, the Trojans were able to enjoy the experience as smiles were plastered on their faces while accepting their team trophy following the 66-28 loss. For one STC senior, Sadie Smith, it was her final game in a STC Trojan basketball uniform. What better way to go out than at State?

Outside of their lone senior, the Trojans look to return their entire roster including all-state forward Jessica Musgrave.



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