Cierra Dillard closed out her career with one final stellar performance. She scored 24 points, pulled down ten rebounds and dished out four assists in a losing effort for the Spartans.
A short jumper by Arianna Rutledge put Gates on top 55-53 midway through the fourth quarter. However, Svoboda answered with a three pointer that trigged a seven point spurt by the Pride. Gates-Chili closed within three at one point but never took the lead again.
The game was tied after the first, second and third quarters.
Gates-Chili was only a 4-seed in sectionals, so qualifying for the state final four was quite a surprising run. The Spartans finished the season 19-5.
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