The 2023 Class C2 Crofton Lady Warriors received fourth at State, teammates included, front row (l to r): Vanessa Sprakel, Blair Jordan; second row: Addyson Ostermeyer, Kaylee Mauch, Ashlynn Schieffer, Ellie Tramp, and Cassie Allen; third row: Coach Hallie Ballinger, Coach Tiffany Panning, Fiene Adler, Jaycee Anthony, Jaida Allen, Sammie Allen, Lexi Wiebelhaus, Caitlin Guenther, Hannah Schieffer, Jenna Jackson, Jordyn Arens, and Maggie Moon.

The Crofton Lady Warriors competed in the Class C2  State basketball tournament on Thursday, March 2 through  Saturday, March 4 down in Lincoln, bringing home a trophy for their efforts.

The Warriors went 1-2 at the tournament, which was enough for them to bring home a fourth place trophy. Senior Vanessa Sprakel said, “The team did well adjusting to all the changes and fighting through all the ups and downs.”
In  the Warriors’ first game they took on the Cross County Cougars where they came out on top 49-27. 

Throughout the game the Lady Warriors had a dominant defensive game where they never gave up more than ten points in a quarter. In the first quarter the Warriors jumped out to an early lead 14-7. The Warriors scored 13 more points in the second quarter to go into the half up 27-13. 
The Warriors scored 22 more points in the second half to propel them to a 49-27 victory.

Junior Caitlin Guenther was named NCN player of the game and led the way for the Warriors scoring 20 points. Sophomore Sammie Allen added another eight. Both Junior Ellie Tramp and Sophomore Cassie Allen scored seven.

Vs. Oakland-Craig Knights

In the semifinal game the Warriors faced the Oakland Craig Knights where they fell short, losing 58-39. 
In the first quarter both teams were neck and neck with the Warriors winning 12 to 11 after the first.  The Warriors slowed down in the second quarter going into the half down 30-22. 
The Warriors couldn’t manage to come back in the second half of the game, ultimately losing to the Knights 58-39.
Guenther led the way for the Warriors scoring 10 points. Both S. Allen, and C. Allen scored eight.

The Lady Warriors took on the GACC Blue Jays in the third place game where they ended up losing 54-32, and taking fourth place in the tournament.
The Warriors had a slow first half and went into halftime down 32-15. 
The Warriors came out of the half and out-scored the Blue Jays nine to eight to make the score 40-24. 

The Crofton girls scored eight points in the fourth quarter to make the final score 54-32 in favor of GACC.

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