McDonald was just as dominant Thursday in a 57-29 win over Waterford. The Blue Devils are led by 5-foot-11 senior forward Molly Howard, who averages 17 points a game and scored 21 in the semifinal.
Getting to state was extra exciting for Loramie because of last year’s tournament being canceled. The extra amps flowing through them showed early against Crestview. The Redskins missed some easy shots before settling into a rhythm.
The Redskins also settled into playing the way head coach Carla Siegel has demanded in her 22 years.
“Once we got that eight-point lead, the girls all took a deep breath and then we just started playing – I know everybody’s tired of hearing it – but they just started playing Loramie ball,” Siegel said, “which is hard-nosed defense, attack on offense, move the ball, sprint the floor, box out and rebound.”
McDonald’s five starters all played over 23 minutes Thursday, and Howard and Lucia Wolford played over 30 minutes. McDonald’s sixth player played 15 minutes, but the rest of the team only played in the final two minutes.
Loramie by contrast plays eight players and can give them all starter-type minutes. Starters Dana Rose and Hoelscher led the team in scoring as usual Thursday, but the bench play of Colleen Brandewie, Ava Sholtis and Clara Gephart kept the Redskins rolling.
“When you have those girls coming off the bench,” Siegel said, “and you’re keeping up the same level of play that the starters are playing that is just an added bonus.”