ASHTON — The Lady Raiders basektball record breaking season came to an end in the sectional championship game on Thursday night, as the AFC team fell to Annawan, 48-34. Madeline Prestegaard led AFC with 12 points and Emily Shrimplin added 8. The Lady Raiders defeated Aurora Christian 55-46 on Feb. 14 to advance to the Serena Sectional Championship. Jaynee Prestegaard led all scorers with 21 points. Madeline Prestegaard had 17 points. Laci Meurer and Shrimplin each had seven points. The win advanced the team to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
Jade Fair, pictured center in green, advanced to the state 3-point shoot-out by making 11 out of 15 during Sectional competition in Serena on Thursday night. Fair is pictured with her teammates.
The Lady Raiders finished the season with a 27-3 record, which is a new AFC school record for most basketball wins on a season. The girls won their third consecutive NUIC championship by finishing 13-0 in conference. The team also won their second straight regional championship in Indian Creek.
The Lady Raiders lose a talented group of six seniors: Lexi and Laci Meurer, Bryce Gittleson, Jade Fair, Grace Friday and Addison Wetzel, all who have been a vital part in turning the AFC basketball program into a force to be reckoned with.
The Lady Raiders will rebuild for another championship run next year behind the talents of their three leading scorers, Madeline Prestegaard, Jaynee Prestegaard, and Shrimplin.
The future of AFC Girl's Basketball is very bright, you won't want to miss it.