It was all about getting back to the basics, what got them to a Sectional final. That was the message from coach Krista Pufahl to her team after it dropped Game 2 to Reed Custer in Thursday’s Class 2A Sectional Championship at Seneca, IL.
The veteran coach told her team, “It’s done. It’s over with. Let’s focus on Game 3. Fresh start. Let’s get back to the game plan.”
What the Watseka Warriors did was just that. Watseka (36-2) did dominated the third set for a 25-17, 21-25, 25-13 victory against the Comets to earn a trip to the super-sectional round for the third consecutive season.
Katie Kidwell led Watseka with 14 kills, 14 digs and three blocks. Kennedy Bauer chipped in nine kills and five digs, and four other players notched at least one kill.
“We have a lot of offensive weapons,” Pufahl said. “
Emily Bunting had her own double-double with 23 assists and 14 digs, and Mallory Drake also hit double-digit digs with 11.
Watseka faces Chicago Latin at 1 pm Saturday in Elmhurst for a return to next weekend’s state tournament.
Chicago Latin won its first sectional title with a 25-23, 10-25, 25-23 victory against Elmhurst IC Catholic on Thursday in Chicago.