Concordia Lutheran High School was once again the site for the annual Lutheran Schools Athletic Association (LSAA) Basketball Championship Weekend. It was a fun-filled, exciting basketball weekend for both the Girls and Boys Final Four teams.
The Girls Final Four started the weekend off on Saturday morning with the St John-Emmanuel Tigers holding off a late charge by the Woodburn Wildcats 27 – 24. That game was followed by the Wyneken Warriors battling from behind to defeat the Central Chargers 24 – 18.
The Boys Final Four left no doubt that the North Division Champion Concordia Cubs and the South Division Champion St Paul’s Bears were the top teams in the LSAA this year, with the Cubs defeating the Lutheran South Unity Phoenix 57 – 30 and the Bears taking down the Emmanuel – St. Michael Eagles 40 – 14.
Sunday afternoon was another great day of basketball which began with the Girls and Boys 3rd place games. On the Girls side, Central proved to be too much for Woodburn as the Chargers defeated the Wildcats 42 – 20. The Boys 3rd place game was a much closer game, with Emmanuel – St. Michael getting a 27 – 25 win over Lutheran South Unity.
The Girls Championship Game will be remembered as a tough fought, defensive battle. St John – Emmanuel jumped out to a 10 – 2 first quarter lead, but could manage only 12 more points the rest of the game as the defense by Wyneken helped them to come out on top 23 – 22 in overtime.
On the Boys side, St Paul’s jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they defeated a Concordia team that gave it their all to the finish, 42 – 33.
All eight of these teams, plus the Holy Cross Crusaders Boys, will represent the LSAA in the ILSAA State Basketball Tournament held in Fort Wayne on February 23 – 25, 2018.
You can keep up with all the Lutheran Schools Athletic Association (LSAA) Girls and Boys sports by visiting the league website
You can also follow the Indiana Lutheran Schools Athletic Association (ILSAA) State Basketball Tournament by visiting their website.