Blough said nerves were a factor, and one that didn’t become any easier after Union came out hot and hit four 3s in the first half.
“I’m sure their hearts were beating pretty fast when they came out of that tunnel and saw the arena,” Blough said. “Part of that was what (Union) did. They’re long and athletic and collapsed that zone in on us.”
Kuestersteffen led the T-Wolves with 14 points, with 11 of those coming in the fourth-quarter run that almost brought North back. Scott also added 10 points and 7 rebounds. I’mani Davis and Brittany Hill each had 14 for Union, while Esther Udoumoh added 10 points and seven rebounds.
While Thursday may not have been North’s day, the Timberwolves graduate just one senior. With the core of this year’s squad back next year they plan on being back in state, better prepared for having made it this season.
“It was a great season,” Kuestersteffen said. “We shocked a lot of people. We weren’t expected to even make it this far. The errors we made today showed how young we are, and they’re things we’ll work on and improve for next year.”
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