(Des Moines) A cold shooting day brought Kuemper Catholic's state championship hopes to an end Thursday afternoon in their semi-final loss to Sheldon. The Knights hit just 25% from the field in the first half and wer fighting an uphill battle the rest of the way in their 49-42 loss.
After facing a six point halftime whole, the Knight's did they best they could to climb out of it. Then with Sheldon's leading scorer leaving the game with an ankle injury in the fourth, the Knights closed the gap to three points, but never got closer. Kuemper Catholic made just 8/15 free-throws (53.3%) in the second half compared to Sheldon's 11/16 (68.8%).
Sam Brincks led Kuemper Catholic with 19 points and Riley Bach scored 10, but Kuemper made just 1/12 from three point range in the game. The Knights will take on MFL, MarMac in the consolation matchup Friday morning.
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Sheldon's storybook season continues into the state championship game against 2011 state champ West Fork. This is the final season for Sheldon longtime head coach Claude Struve and he has led his team to the championship game in their first state appearance since 1977.
Click here for postgame audio from Sheldon coach Claude Struve