As the fourth quarter played out, a layup by freshman Micki Walker put the Sabers at the 70 mark while their student section did chants of “Let’s score 100.”
Fittingly, for a team, a school, a community bubbling with pride over such special youngsters and their mentors, is that the game wound down like this: A 3-pointer by senior Brooke Remley on a Kaeli Kovarik assist to put her team at the 30 mark. Then a rebound and two made free throws by senior Kovarik. A rebound with :41 remaining by senior Cydney Westen and, lastly, a rebound and nothing but net on a jumper from the team’s fourth senior, Karlie Stafford.
“We built a relationship between all of us that will last a lifetime,” Robinson said. “Our seniors set the tone all year long. We never had anyone miss a single practice all year long; it’s amazing. Our GPAs are 3.3 or better. This was a special team; it was quite a ride.”
McCoy’s numbers were stellar but not eye-popping: 17 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, two steals, two assists. Those stats all came in 19 minutes of play. She was followed by Alexa Wallen with 18 points, Elizabeth Bristow with 13 and Harshbarger with 12 points, five steals, four assists and no turnovers.
For Prophetstown, no one exceeded six points, five rebounds, or four assists.
When asked what feelings might be stirred up whenever he walks by the second-place trophy, Robinson quipped: “You know what it’s gonna stir? We did something great together. We did it with class. ... My team, they believed in me all year. I’m so proud of them.”
Robinson’s girls echoed those sentiments.
“Enjoy every minute of it; it will end sooner than you hope,” Stafford said as advice to those who will return. “I wish we could play forever. I love these girls. I love them all.”