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PND defeats Nashville in 2A title game; Wardle duo Lead in thrilling victory

Peoria Notre Dame's Emy Wardle diees to the basket in the second half of the Class 2A title game at this year's girls' state basketball tournament. Wardle finished with a game-high 18 points to lift the Irish past the Hornettes, 48-46. The win was the first state basketball title for the PND girls program in school history.

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NORMAL - The 2A state championship game was a sister act, a family affair on both ends of the court in the IHSA season finale as Peoria Notre Dame edged past Nashville in a heart-stopping 48-46 thriller.

Leading the charge was PND's Emy Wardle, whose gritty performance propelled the Irish to victory. With an impressive tally of 18 points, Wardle showcased her scoring prowess, sinking crucial shots throughout the game. Her accuracy from the free-throw line, going 6-9, proved pivotal.

But it wasn't just Emy who left her mark on the court. Her sister, Mya Wardle, contributed 10 points to the scoreboard, adding to the family's dominance on the hardwood. Together, the Wardle sisters formed a formidable duo that proved too much for Nashville to handle.

Supporting the Wardle sisters were Kaitlin Cassidy and Julia Mingus, who delivered solid performances of their own. Cassidy's nine points, coupled with her four rebounds, provided crucial support, while Mingus chipped in with eight points, adding to PND's offensive firepower.

On the opposing side, Nashville fought tooth and nail, led by the scoring efforts of Emma Behrmann and Samantha Brinkman. Behrmann's 14 points and five rebounds kept her team in the game, while Brinkman's 12 points and six assists showcased her versatility on the court. Summer Brinkmann, Samantha's twin sister, also contributed nine points and led the team in rebounds with six.

Throughout the game, momentum swung back and forth, with the score tied five times and four lead changes keeping fans on the edge of their seats. Despite PND outscoring Nashville 17-14 in the first half, the outcome remained uncertain until the remaining six seconds in the contest.

It was Emy's layup with six seconds left in the final quarter that sealed the win for the Irish's first piece of IHSA girls' basketball state champion hardware in school history.

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