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Sterling falls in subdistrict final

Sterling falls in subdistrict final

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JOHNSON — Sterling just can’t seem to solve Falls City Sacreed Heart this year.

The Lady Just have four losses on the season, three of which have come at the hands of the Lady Irish. The latest was a 46-28 setback Thursday night in the Class D2-1 Subdistrict Championship.

Sterling can still go to state via a wildcard, but will need some help from other teams in next week’s district finals.

Sacred Heart led 8-5 after the first quarter and 21-11 at half time. It was 31-21 after three quarters and the Irish was able to pull away in the fourth.

Sterling Coach John Cockerill said his team needed to make some shots went the opportunity arose, and they didn’t.

“We did have quite a few good looks and sometimes the girls didn’t pull the trigger and sometimes we just plain missed,” Cockerill said. “ Against a team like that, with all that length and quickness, you must shoot about 50 percent of those looks and we didn’t do that.”

Taylor Cockerill had 15 points for the Jets while Hannah Jasa had four, Carly Wenzl had three and Haylee Boldt, Erika Goracke and Bailey Kahler had two each.

Cockerill said he’s still proud of how his team played hard, especially on defense.

“WE made a concerted effort to try and get a lot of help inside with our guards, but still did not give up too many wide open looks,” Cockerill said. “There was a lot of pressure on the guards to do some specific things and for the most part, they did it, but there were some breakdowns.”

Sterling is 22-4 on the season and Cockerill feels his team still has a good chance to qualify for state. He said if Sacred Heart, Saint Mary’s and Thedford all win their districts, they’d be in for sure.

“We need some help, but at least it’s from the top teams in the state,” Cockerill said. “I do like our chances of getting in, but we have been here before and it hasn’t worked out. So we will play the waiting game and see how teams fair. It is tough to sit and hope others win, but that is how the cards were dealt this year.”


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