The Wartburg women’s basketball team won in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night, beating the visiting Coe Kohawks 54-53.
The game went down to the wire, as Jenna Lehman of the Kohawks laid in a two-pointer to tie it at 53 apiece with a minute and a second remaining, with the score staying that way for another 55 seconds. Then, with 7 seconds left, Wartburg’s Aryn Jones was fouled and sent to the line. She missed the first, but knocked down the second. Jenna Lehman tried to throw down a last-second three, but her heroics ran short, giving the Knights the literal last-second win and improving their record to a still-unblemished 24-0.
For Jones, hitting at least one of her free throws in such a pivotal moment was crucial to the Kohawks’ mindset following the shots. She said, despite the stakes, she wasn’t as nervous as you’d think.
“As soon as it went my hand it went to the left, so that was kind of nerve-wracking,” Jones said.
“But with the second one, it was either make it and we’re up by one, or miss it and we’ll get a stop on D. So I had confidence in my team.”
The Knights’ performance was their second-lowest point total on the season. They scored 54 points on 28 percent from the field; 14 of which came from Katie Sommer. Although the shots may not have fallen, Sommer said, it was the defense carried them to victory.
“We played great D,” Sommer said. “Offensively, our shots weren’t falling. Even with great teams, some nights the ball jsut doesn’t go in the hoop. We won it on the defensive end tonight, and I think that shows a lot about about our team and who we are.”
The Knights will look to complete an undefeated regular season for the first time in program history on Saturday, when they travel to Pella to take on the Central Dutch. The game will be broadcast live on KWAR, 89.9 FM. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.