He will study criminal justice next year at Western Illinois University, while Volckmann will attend St. Ambrose University and major in physical therapy. For both, though, this was the last time they’d play a sanctioned basketball game.
“You definitely want to put it all out there,” Volckmann said.
The girls took the court first, with honorary official Dennis Steinhoff tossing the opening tip-off. A back-and-forth game broke open when the South squad got a slew of points from Drake, Stockton’s Kristin Wright from the wing and Pearl City’s Ashley Cropper from the post. The South built a 25-12 lead midway through the second quarter and took a 31-18 lead to halftime.
The North bounced back in the opening minutes of the third quarter, with Lena-Winslow’s Briana Bautsch scoring five points in less than a minute. Drake countered with a 3-pointer to build a 36-23 lead.
It looked as if the North was done for good going into the fourth quarter, trailing by 15 points, 46-31. Larson helped her team chip away with familiar post moves and jumpers from the elbow. She finished with 13 points and said she was satisfied with the result.
Dishes from Wessels and Larson allowed outside scorers Kourtney Larson (East Dubuque) and Susanna Thompson (Warren) open looks for swishes. The North squad went on a 15-2 run in the closing minutes and had a chance to tie with the South inbounding, leading 48-46 with .4 on the clock.
The game ended on the inbound, but Wessels and Wierema both said they were glad they took in the experience.
“We all wanted to have fun, but we all wanted to win at the same time,” Wierema said.
“It was fun that it got so close at the end,” Wessels said. “I don’t know any of these girls since I play in a different conference. “They’re all really nice, really welcoming.”