The Culver Lady Cavaliers (25-2) gave a great effort in their Semi-State game against Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (23-4). Ali Zehner hit three big 3-pointers, as she has all post-season long, to keep the Cavs in the game early on. Patrice McBee and Gwen Zehner provided a great post presence, despite foul trouble to help Culver to a halftime lead. Nicole Carnegie and Whitney Sanders were solid in their ball handling, while Kayla Shaffer gave quality minutes off the bench.
In the end, free throw shooting and foul issues were the final factor as the Cavs were defeated by Luers 47-43. Patrice had a game-high 17 rebounds, and Ali knocked down multiple 3-pointers to keep the Cavaliers in the game. No tears were shed until head coach Tony Scheub let them fly in his post-game locker room speech, where he let the girls know exactly where his emotions were. One thing is for sure, the Culver Lady Cavaliers will be remembered forever, not only in school history, but in the eyes of the Kankakee Valley for years to come.
Holiday Tourney Champs, Bi-County Champs, Conference Champs, Sectional Champs, and Regional Champs, no other basketball team at Culver can boast of such a record. The 2011 Culver Lady Cavaliers will forever be set in our minds as a great championship team, and have set a new standard for ALL future Cavaliers in every sport. Congratulations to the Culver Lady Cavalier basketball team on their historic season!