Elgin Public-Pope John girls completed their first basketball season as a sports co-op, posting a 19-4 record.
The Wolfpack reached the C-2 district final before seeing their season come to an end against Hartington Cedar Catholic. The Wolfpack’s four losses were to Lindsay Holy Family, Ewing, Chambers and Hartington Cedar Catholic. Of those four, Chambers, Lindsay Holy Family and Hartington CC qualified for the state tournament. Lindsay Holy Family won the D-2 title while Hartington CC finished as runner-up in C-2.
Coach Randy Eisenhauer said, “We had a tremendous year of basketball. We had some individual moments and as a team we excelled in many categories. Overall, as a defense to only give up 36 points a game is an excellent achievement. These girls worked hard every day and came to practice with a positive attitude which paid off. As a first year team they made a positive mark on the co-op and should be proud of what they achieved … Wolfpack girls were holiday tournament champions, NVC runner-up, sub-district champions and district runner-ups. Great season to the Wofpack girls and an excellent way to start off the Wolfpack athletics!” EPPJ outscored their opponents by a margin of 1212 to 839. The Wolfpack averaged 53 points per contest while holding their opponents to an average of 36 points per contest.
As a team they made 35 percent of their field goal attempts, 29 percent from behind the three-point arc. EPPJ made 58 percent of their free throw attempts compared to their oppoents who connected on 55 percent of their charity tosses.
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