"On offense, we were a little timid before we woke up and decided to play," Siechen said. "You can say it's youth, you can say it's nerves, (but) we played a little tentative."
This timidity and tentative play was highlighted in the fourth quarter, where J-D managed only three field goals and relied on free throws brought on by the Knights' foul trouble to attempt a comeback.
Frank and O'Hern were both named to the all-tournament team, while Sutherland's Santita Ebangwese was also an all-star and Liz Greendyke was chosen as MVP.
Although they lost, the J-D girls basketball team can now stand eye-to-eye with their male J-D counterparts, having now experienced success at the state level as well.
"It's fun to see the girls get the recognition they deserve for their hard work," Siechen said. "It's great to see them get to this stage and be able to play at this venue for the state championship."
If all goes according to plan, the Red Rams will be back playing at HVCC for many years to come.