What has been  a bit of a 'storybook season' for Flora High School, with the Wolves over-achieving time and again, winning 21 games, the Vandalia Holiday Tourney, and a share of the Little Illini Conference crown, came to a close shy of a 'happy ending' Friday in the Class 2ARegional Championship game, played in Conley Gym.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


What has been  a bit of a 'storybook season' for Flora High School, with the Wolves over-achieving time and again, winning 21 games, the Vandalia Holiday Tourney, and a share of the Little Illini Conference crown, came to a close shy of a 'happy ending' Friday in the Class 2ARegional Championship game, played in Conley Gym.

 

Before a standing-room-only crowd, against state-ranked Robinson, led by Univeristy of Illinois recruit 7-foot Leonard Meyers,  the Wolves fell 67-55 on Friday night.

 

"They (Robinson) were just a little more athletic, and just a little bit better ball players than we were tonight," Flora coach Phil Leib said. "I'm proud of the boys, they kept fighting, they kept fighting, kept competing, and they left it all out there. They didn't disappoint."

 

In a very physical, foul marred game, Flora started slowly, falling behind 16-8 after one quarter, then rallied to tie it at 18-18 midway through the second quarter, before falling behind by 10 by halftime. Not going away, the Wolves rallied within four, 32-28 midway through the third period, before the Maroons pulled away again, turning a seven point lead after three quarters, into double-digits early in the fourth frame.

 

For the game, Robinson hit 24-of-26 free-throws, while the Wolves hit 10-of-13.

 

Hitting five three-pointers, Paul Knapp led Flora with 21 points, while Derek Hannahs led Robinson with 20.