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Angie Doerffler wondered aloud, "No school Monday?"

Her Concordia teammates, state championship medals hanging around their necks, quickly were in agreement.

Winning a program's first state title in its first try deserves something special, right?

"It still hasn't hit me," senior Andrea Newbauer said less than an hour after the Cadets beat top-ranked Rushville 59-48. "It's been kind of a dream season in a way for us. We started when we won the SAC and got a great sectional start. That really gave us a lot of confidence, and we just started winning and were on a roll. To finally be here, just awesome. Unexplainable."

And to beat the state's top ranked team?

"I think that was good in a way for us. We had nothing to lose," Newbauer said. "That's how we played. It was a better challenge for us, and we knew we had to step up even bigger. In all aspects, we had to play a lot better. I think it really gave us a lot of motivation."

When I asked coach Dave Miller when he'd take his state medal off, he said, "I might sleep in it."

Players said they'd wear them to school on Monday, assuming they have to be there. They're excited to continue to share the accomplishment with the school.

"We're proud to be on the first team to do it and to represent our school. We have a lot of pride for our school, and we're glad we can represent them well," Doerffler said.

  • Playing almost across the street from their high school, Newbauer said the game "felt like a regular game in a way." Until the game actually started.

    "In the past weekends we've been traveling, and it's been almost a routine. It was different coming here. We went to school, shot around, just came over to the Coliseum. Right when I stepped on the court, just all that energy, you could tell. That's when I was like, 'We're playing for a state championship.' It was great."

  • Erynn Meiklejohn scored a team-high 16 points for the Cadets.

    "My teammates passing me the ball and finding me open. I didn't do anything special. They found me, and I hit the shots."

  • The Cadets didn't seem too rattled by Rushville's full-court press. There's a reason for that, Newbauer said.

    "I think playing in the SAC helps a lot. You've got those really quick teams pressing us. Those games definitely helped us, so we were prepared for their pressing. I think we did a great job of breaking it."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.