DES MOINES — Had the final outcome been reversed, it would have gone down as an act of heroism.
Instead, it was a footnote of courage.
Mia Laube gathered a missed 3-pointer by Sophie Willette and calmly made both free throws to force overtime in Saturday’s Class 4A championship game against North Scott.
“She stepped up and showed a lot of heart,” said her father, Marion Coach Corby Laube. “It was a good moment for her.”
Mia Laube was not a Marion representative in the press room afterward. Her younger sister, Kayba Laube said, “(Mia) was confident before she went to the line. She said she was going to make them, and she did.”
The Indians were visibly heartbroken during the postgame awards ceremony. But with the exception of backup post and defensive stopper Isabella Sade, all the key figures will return for 2017-18.
“We’ve just got to work even harder and improve on this finish,” said Chloe Rice, who will be a senior next year.
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“Well be back in the gym soon,” Kayba Laube said. “And we’ll be back here next year.”
RUFFRIDGE’S FINAL ACT
The Elle Ruffridge era ended in triumph Saturday when Pocahontas Area whipped Sioux Center, 61-38, for the 3A championship.
A Missouri State University signee, Ruffridge posted 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
The 5-foot-3 guard finishes with 2,951 points, 802 assists and 466 3-pointers, all of which are state records. Her 250 state-tournament points also are a record.
WELCOME HOME, ORIOLES
A welcome-home reception for Class 1A champion Springville is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the high school.
The Orioles captured their second straight 1A title, 45-36, over Turkey Valley on Friday.
The Iowa Newspaper Association will release its all-state teams at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday (they’ll be posted at thegazette.com), and will be published in Tuesday’s Gazette.
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