At last! Osage dominates in state-title game sweepNov 05, 2020 06:54PM ● By Travis Charlson
“Is this right? Were we allowed to do that?” Senior Dani Johnson asked her teammates as they huddled together, surprised at their 19-point victory to start the best-of-five title match.
Humboldt gave them fits in the quarterfinal round, jumping out to early leads in the first and second sets.
In the semis, Davenport-Assumption took the first set and looked poised to run away with the second, before the Green Devils buckled down and won the next three.
Johnson and the rest of the senior girls had made it to state every year since they were freshmen, but never farther than the semi finals.
But after three years of disappointment, they’d finally broken through to the title match. This was supposed to be the hardest one yet.
So when the girls in green came out and utterly dominated the first set, perhaps a small part of them felt slightly guilty - sort of like they broke wind at the dinner table and mom and dad blamed their sibling.
Did Osage get away with one? Perhaps. Not many state title matches start off with a 25-6 set. But to say it was luck ignores the fact that the Green Devils were locked in and ready to battle.
They knew getting the next two wouldn’t be as easy.
“It was a big game, and we kept our emotions under control and kept fighting together,” Johnson said.
“This group of girls, we’re all great friends,” Senior Paige Kisley said. “Our team chemistry is through the roof. I’m so thankful for all of us. There isn’t a whole lot of yelling on the court - just a lot of shoving.”
Well, there weren’t any shoves on the final point of this spectacular season. The girls wrapped their arms around each other and fell to the floor, while their teammates flooded off the bench and piled on.
Then, tears of joy.