Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Many Magic Moments Make Up Angels' Flight

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Many Magic Moments Make Up Angels' Flight

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Truth be told, the St. Joseph's girls basketball team members weren't some accidental tourists.

Tourists who'd stumbled onto something good here at the state basketball championships and got lucky.

They just didn't happen to whip Springfield Kickapoo 67-42 Saturday in the championship game.

They just didn't win an unparalleled fourth consecutive Class 4A title by being at the right place at the right time.

Maybe it's all the little things they did right.

Some scenes from their championship:

In an unselfish moment, Kristin Folkl dived to the floor after a loose ball and rolled it toward teammate Margaret Heidger. She picked it up and passed to Carri Walker under the basket. She dished it off to Mollie Peirick, who scored the layup.

In a focused moment, Folkl stood near the foul line and turned to smile at the Angels' 300-member cheering section. A young man shouted, "I love you, Kristin."

She smiled again and then raced to the other end of the court to sink a remarkable fall-away jump shot. "I wanted to win this one so bad," she said.

In an memorable moment, the team's three senior standouts - Folkl, Peirick and Walker - went to the bench with their team leading 65-38, 2 minutes 40 seconds remaining in the game and the championship in the bag. They broke into tears. Peirick, who fearlessly wears the No. 13 on her jersey, covered her eyes with a towel. Walker and Folkl hugged and whispered.

"I was just telling Carri that it was over," Folkl said. "And what a great time it has been. I have nothing but good memories of the whole high school experience."

In an exciting moment, the clock ticked off the final seconds and the towel-waving teammates jumped from the bench and mobbed one another under the basket. "It's almost like a fairy tale," Folkl said.

In a touching moment, the team waited along the sideline as Kickapoo picked up its medals for second place. St. Joseph's coach Bob Hayes, usually not a demonstrative man, went down the line of players and hugged each one.

"I told them I was really going to miss them next year," Hayes said, adding that he was proud of his team's performance on and off the court. …

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