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Walther Lutheran's Anna Strong shoots a jumper against Seton Academy's Desiree Jackson defends. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
After letting a 12-0 lead slip away Monday night and going into halftime tied 25-25 with Seton, it looked like Walther Lutheran’s dreams of advancing to state might end with a supersectional loss for the third time in four years.
Isimeme Edeko, though, wasn’t about to let that happen.
Edeko poured in a career-high 27 points and added 11 rebounds as the Broncos punched their ticket to state for the first time since 2007 with a 57-47 win in the Class 2A Concordia University Supersectional.
“We’ve been trying so hard to get this,” Edeko said. “We’ve been making it to supers, but never to state. Now that I can say we’ve made it, I just feel really blessed.”
Dana Turner added 10 points and Anna Strong had nine for Walther (26-6), which will meet Nashville in a state semifinal at 6:30 Friday night at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena.
Ebony Bailey (18 points, 7 rebounds) and Desiree Jackson (11 points, 14 rebounds) led Seton (17-10).
Seton had zero field goal attempts, missed three free throws and committed six turnovers in the first four minutes to fall into the 12-0 hole.
The Sting outscored Walther 22-9 over the next nine minutes behind eight points from Jackson. A basket from Bailey gave Seton a 22-21 lead with 2:26 left in the half.
“The halftime talk was pretty easy,” Walther coach Todd Fisher said. “Our plan was to open up the third the way we started the game.”
Walther scored the first eight points of the third and held a 15-4 edge in the quarter as Edeko took over, scoring 13 in the period.
“We just knew that (Monday) was our day,” Edeko said. “We knew it was supposed to be us going to state.”
Seton never got within nine points in the fourth.
“If we would have played with intensity from the beginning, it’s a different game,” Seton coach Kevin Green said. “We do this every time, though. Last year (in a supersectional loss to Freeport Aquin), we fell behind 13-0.
“We fought so hard to get back into it, but I guess we didn’t have anything left in the third quarter.”