Zion team photo: (front, from left) Anna Sielaff, Hailie
Williams, Danielle Burgrabe, Gabbie Cox and Brooklyn Hermes;
(back) head coach Todd Koehler, Lexie Groves, Lizzie Ford,
Anna Walters, Rachel Lockenour and assistant coach Bob Cox.
Zion's Lady Eagles take 4th at state tournament
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[March 06, 2012]
The Zion Lutheran School Lady
Eagles eighth-grade basketball team won fourth place in the Lutheran
Sports Association state tournament over the weekend in Chicago.
In their first game of the state tournament, Zion defeated Mount
Prospect-St. Paul Lutheran by a score of 33-31. Lexie Groves with 12
points and Anna Sielaff with 11 points were the leading scorers for
the Eagles. Also scoring were Hailie Williams with four points, and
Brooklyn Hermes, Rachel Lockenour and Anna Walters, each with two
Zion won Saturday morning's game with Yorkville-Cross
Lutheran by a score of 39-28. Hailie Williams was on fire for the
Eagles as she scored 27 points, including three 3-pointers. Other
scorers were Groves with six, Hermes with four and Sielaff with two.
In the semifinal game, Zion lost by just two points to
Morton-Bethel Lutheran, by the score of 28-26. Groves with 11 and
Williams with 10 led ZLS in scoring. Also contributing points for
the Eagles were Sielaff with three and Elizabeth Ford with two.
Groves was injured early in the second half and was unable to
participate for the remainder of the tournament. She was later
treated at a local hospital and diagnosed with a concussion.
Zion faced Lombard-St. John Lutheran in the third- and
fourth-place game, losing 41-25. Williams led the Eagles with 14
points, including three more 3s. Rounding out the scoring for Zion
were Lockenour and Ford with four each, Hermes with two, and Sielaff
ZLS team members at the state tournament were Anna Sielaff,
Hailie Williams, Danielle Burgrabe, Gabbie Cox, Brooklyn Hermes,
Lexie Groves, Lizzie Ford, Anna Walters and Rachel Lockenour.
Todd Koehler and Bob Cox coached the Lady Eagles.
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Zion Lutheran finished their season with a 25-7 record.
Lexie Groves and Hailie Williams were chosen for the
all-tournament team at the state tournament.
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The team was welcomed back to Lincoln Sunday evening by a caravan
of supporters, including an escort by fire trucks, police cars and a
lengthy procession of fans as they paraded around the downtown
square on their way to Zion Lutheran School for a celebration rally.
Head coach Koehler made these remarks at the rally: "The girls
have played their hearts out since August. They have worked
extremely hard and made a tremendous commitment throughout these
months to reach this level of success. We are all very proud of each
of them. I would like to thank the girls, their families and
everyone who has supported our team."
[Text from file received from
Zion Lutheran School, Lincoln]