Incarnate Word Academy repeats as Class 4 State Champions

Incarnate Word Academy repeats as Class 4 State Champions

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 The Missouri Class 4 girls state championships last weekend was more of a coronation than a competition as the Incarnate Word Red Knights stormed to another state title.

 Ranked No. 2 in the country, Incarnate Word defeated Marshfield 59-33 in the semifinals and Dexter 60-43 in the championship game to win its second consecutive state title and third in the past four years.

 The state championship completed an especially dominating two years for the Red Knights, where they posted an impressive 62-1 record. Making this accomplish even more incredible was it as done against some of the best girls basketball teams in the country. Coach Dan Rolfes loaded up the schedule with one national heavyweight program after another to test his talented team.

 The end result was some tremendous victories, including the championship of the Naples Holiday Tournament in Florida in December, a victory over national power Regis Jesuit (CO) in the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout and a victory over Class 5 state champion Columbia Rock Bridge in the championship game of the Webster Groves Challenge.

 Junior forward Napheesa Collier had a near-perfect weekend as she enjoyed two stellar performances. She had 33 points and nine rebounds in the state championship game against Dexter. Collier also had 24 points, seven rebounds and nine blocks against Marshfield. In two games, Collier was 25 for 27 from the field, including a perfect 12 for 12 against Marshfield.

 Senior center Gwen Adams was also a force in the paint as she had 18 points and seven rebounds in the finals against Dexter. She also had 12 points and seven rebounds in the semifinals against Marshfield. She is headed to SIU-Edwardsville.

 Senior point guard Nakiah Bell completed her stellar high school career as a three-time state champion. In her last game as a Red Knight, Bell had nine points, five assists and three steals. One of the state’s top point guards, Bell will take her talents to Iowa State next season.

 Guard Katie Lacefield added six points for IWA and added her normal tough defense and steady ball handling. online paper writer in


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