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Annawan captures 1A crown

NORMAL - The Annawan Bravettes led the 1A race from start to finish, capping the 2013-14 season with a 59-23 win over Carrollton in the State championship at Redbird Arena Saturday afternoon.

After returning five starters from last year's team that placed third, the Bravettes have been ranked No. 1 in Class 1A since the preseason.

The State championship is the first in school history in any sport.

The game was in little doubt from the moment Wyanet referee Dave Shepard tossed the opening jump. The Bravettes turned a 15-9 first-quarter lead to 30-12 by the half. A 21-4 charge in the third quarter wrapped things up.

Annawan's All-State trio led the way. Third-time First Team All-Stater Celina VanHyfte had a game-high 19 points while Second Teamer Cierra Davis added 17  points and Megan Foes had 11.

There will be a welcome-back celebration at the AHS gym at 3 p.m. Sunday.