Kelli Schrauth knew what they were up against.
St. Mary’s Springs would be playing in the expansive Resch Center in Green Bay and if the arena wasn’t intimidating enough, they had to face the defending Division-4 state champions in Cuba City.
Those nerves didn’t show though. Schrauth would attack the glass early and her confidence would grow with each rebound and basket. She record 17 points to go along with 10 boards in the first half alone – and would go on to score a team-best 25 points.
But the Cubans still led by three going into intermission.
After halftime, nearly team was ready to give in. Schrauth scored on consecutive possessions – first a tough layup and then a mid-range jump shot – to even the score at 34-34 midway in the third. Cuba City responded with a 9-2 run and never look back.
The Ledgers would emotionally fall in the state semi-finals, 62-56.
“Devastating. I’m heartbroken that it’s our last time playing – all these eight seniors were very upset – but I’m very thankful for the memories that I’ve had,” Schrauth said. “It’s been quite a run so overall I’m thankful, but I’m also very sad.”