The Inman High School girls basketball team has been named the Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week, as presented by the McPherson Sentinel.
Their success started on Feb. 26 in the first round when the Lady Teutons overcame a 16-point deficit to beat Moundridge High School. In the next round, they upset top-seeded Marion High School and then second-seed Berean Academy in the finals.
For Inman's head coach Bill Maurer, it was no question that the team deserves a spot at state and their wins along the way demonstrated that.
"It's a great opportunity for our girls to have something to remember forever. They worked really hard to get to this point. I feel like they earned their right to play. They played so hard last week that it's an honor to be the last eight team playing. The girls are excited and we'll be ready to go on Wednesday," Maurer said.
After an up-and-down season, the Lady Teutons turned it up a notch and finished this season at 11-8. Six of those losses were still close games, with the Lady Teutons behind by single-digit points.
The Inman community showed their love and support for both the girls and boys teams by not only traveling to Hillsboro on Saturday night, but also celebrating the players when they returned home. As soon as the teams reached Inman’s main street, the community came out to congratulate them.
"Our girls rose to the challenge and they weren't ready for their season to end. They wanted to continue for another week. That was our goal all along. Just to keep it going as long as we could. When you play as hard as they could during practice, good things are going to happen, " Maurer said.
The Lady Teutons now hold the No. 8 seed and will travel to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas to face top-seed and undefeated Central Plains High School. This will be the Inman's toughest challenge all year, but as the underdogs, Inman refuses to be underestimated and is confident to pull off another upset against Central Plains.
"I think people do underestimate us and overlook us a lot. I think our hard work has put us where we have been in the past. People overlooked us because what they saw in the past. But now people are starting to notice," senior player Makayla Michael said.
Whether the Lady Teutons make it out the first round or not, Maurer will cherish this season throughout his coaching career.
"It's been an honor to coach these girls and what they are about to this week. They're going to have a lifelong experience because of the work they put into it. It's something I will never forget as a coach," Maurer said.
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