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Posted February 8, 2013
CVCS basks in glow of historic win

CEDAR RAPIDS — Craig Foote postponed a history test and feasted on wings with his players Thursday night.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever been so jacked up after a game,” Foote said after Cedar Valley Christian upset Lone Tree in overtime, 55-51, in a Class 1A regional first-round girls’ basketball game.

Sophomore Shelby Hembera scored 34 points.

The Huskies returned to town around 10 p.m. Even though it was a school night, they weren’t ready to part ways.

“One of the kids said, ‘Let’s go to B-Dubs,’ ” Foote said.

“B-Dubs? What’s that? I’m not down with the teen lingo.”

That would be Buffalo Wild Wings in northeast Cedar Rapids, where the Huskies continued their celebration.

And they’ve extended their season. Cedar Valley Christian (4-16) faces Lisbon (8-15) in a regional quarterfinal Tuesday at Lone Tree.

CVCS is in its second year as a school sanctioned by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Thursday’s win was its first postseason triumph for the girls basketball program.

“This is so exciting,” Foote said. “Half of our student body was on the floor, probably for 20 minutes after the game.

“I walked in the hallway this morning, and the secretaries were giddy. There was a big banner that said, ‘ Congratulations, Cedar Valley Christian girls basketball — You are our inspiration.’ ”

The Huskies have six players in uniform, plus a manager ready if needed in an emergency.

Hembera scored her 34 points on 16-of-32 shooting, despite a viral infection and a stomachache.

“She had a big night, but what really impressed me came at the end of the game,” Foote said.

With CVCS nursing a 52-51 lead, Hembera got the ball on the break with a chance to score. Instead, she passed ahead to Dominque Eniola for a wide-open layup and a three-point advantage.

It was Eniola’s only basket of the game.

Lindsey Cach added 11 points, Izzy Hoffman scored seven.

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