First conference tourney title for program since 1999

A drought approaching two decades came to a halt Wednesday night.

Led by 25 points from Lexi Stone, the Galva seventh grade girls basketball team rallied to defeat Annawan 36-34 in the championship game of the Lincoln Trail Conference Tournament in Cambridge.

The win marked Galva’s first junior high girls basketball title since the eighth grade squad won in 1999. That same group also captured the seventh grade title in 1998.

“I was very proud of the girls for their commitment, hustle and heart,” said head coach Anna Olson. “They never gave up and wore Annawan down in the end. They used their basketball IQ and played as a team.”

Galva defeated Cambridge and Stark County to earn its berth opposite Annawan in the championship game. The Bravettes handled the Lady Wildcats 42-18 in the regular season, and built an 18-9 at halftime of the title game.

Galva whittled the deficit to 31-26 after three quarters, and held Annawan to just three points in the final frame to complete the championship game comeback.

“Our fan support and bench support also came through for us, proving what it means to be Galva Strong — having the will to win on one of the hardest nights this season,” Olson said.

In addition to Stone’s 25 points, Kali Yelm pitched in with a double-double — 11 points and 11 steals. Yelm also grabbed five rebounds. Stone and Yelm drained two 3-pointers each in the third quarter to spark the Galva rally.

A T-shirt design is being made and will be available through the Galva Junior/Senior High School Facebook site for anyone interested in gear to mark the LTC tourney title.

In IESA regional title game — The Galva seventh graders advanced to the title game of Class 7-1A Regional 8 with a 28-19 win over Cuba in the semifinals Monday. Galva, the No. 2 seed in the regional and now 22-2 on the season, meets top-seeded Monmouth ICS for the regional crown Tuesday (Nov. 21).