Back in February of 2012, Ballard senior Josie Fleischmann, then in third grade, produced a bold prediction.
Her Ballard Storm girls’ youth basketball team had just won the Ballard Bombers Booster Match for the initial time and was posing jointly for pictures.
“I remember in a third-grade booster-club tournament saying we’re likely to make this picture again in 10 years when we’re successful a point out championship,” Fleischmann mentioned.
On Saturday those phrases proved prophetic. Fleischmann’s clutch 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining gave Ballard an exhilarating 47-45 comeback win in excess of No. 1 Glenwood in the Course 4A championship activity of the girls’ point out basketball tournament.
“We were being in a position to do that,” Fleischmann said. “With all of the time we’ve place in above the years, it is quite interesting.”
Another Bomber senior that had a substantial affect in the 4A state championship game was also on that Storm team. Molly Ihle forced Glenwood’s Jenna Hopp to miss a shot in the final seconds and after the Rams misfired on a place-back attempt, Ihle got the rebound to help seal Ballard’s initial point out championship because 2009.
“It all kind of flows together,” Ihle claimed. “It’s like one particular major full entire circle I guess. Josie’s scoring then I’ll get down on defense. We feed off every single other.”
Ihle and Fleischmann have been inseparable since quality university. They both have begun all four years of large school at Ballard.
“She’s my best close friend for good and we have been enjoying basketball forever,” Fleischmann said. “It’s been quite the experience. This is a fantastic way to go out collectively.”
The duo took Ballard from 12-10 as freshmen to a few-straight 20-earn seasons and back-to-again condition appearances, culminating with Saturday’s championship.
“This doesn’t just happen by likelihood,” Ballard head mentor Kelly Anderson explained. “If we go back and counted all of the hours that they set in the health club by themselves — I simply cannot convey to you how several photographs that Josie has put up or that Molly has come in and put up. That is what it will take to come to be a good basketball player. Those two have put in so a great deal time that no person deserves it a lot more than them.”
Josie Fleischmann led offensively
Fleischmann led Ballard offensively in the event at 12 details per recreation. She scored 19 in Saturday’s last and strike one particular of the most iconic pictures in point out event historical past with her game-winning 3-pointer from 25 toes out while falling down with a defender in her facial area.
“I understood it was going in,” Ihle explained. “She’s that style of shooter and she’s shot that shot so a lot of occasions. It’s just one more day in the place of work. I’m so happy of her.”
Anderson considers the senior class of Fleischmann, Ihle, Cassidy Thompson, Ashley Wuestenberg and one more previous Ballard Storm player — Sydney Briggs — to be one of the most entertaining groups he’s ever been close to. Fleischmann plays a major function in that.
“Josie’s been a thing else,” Anderson claimed. “She’s constantly been our comedian reduction every single day at apply for the reason that you under no circumstances know what’s coming out of her mouth.”
Molly Ihle named captain of the 4A all-match crew
Ihle is Ballard’s heart and soul.
Always cheerful and variety, Ihle lights up the place with her infectious smile and bubbly personality.
“Molly is an remarkable man or woman and a wonderful friend,” Waukee all-point out guard Katie Dinnebier said. “Molly is always in the health club with a smiling encounter and a good perspective.”
Dinnebier led Waukee to the 5A state championship and was captain of the all-tournament group. The Drake signee and Ihle played ball alongside one another in the summer season as members of All-Iowa Attack.
“I cherished enjoying with and from her at Attack,” Dinnebier said. “She performs so challenging on protection to fluster the offensive players and power turnovers.”
No person does protection greater than Ihle. As friendly as she is off the court docket, she is a bulldog when it arrives match time.
“Molly is a sweet person and a intense competitor,” Gilbert guard and Drake verbal commit Ava Hawthorne stated. “She is a solid, relentless defender. I’ll overlook taking part in against her as it was constantly a very good challenge.”
That tenacious defense and consistent motor, merged with robust ball-managing and competencies and a higher basketball IQ, make Ihle a exceptional participant. She can effects a video game devoid of needing to score as well as anybody in the state.
“There are so lots of matters that go unnoticed,” Fleischmann explained. “Nothing takes place devoid of Molly. She’s the equipment that receives us heading.”
In spite of averaging just 7.7 factors over Ballard’s three game titles at the point out event, Ihle was named captain of the 4A all-tournament team.
“What I’m definitely delighted about is that the committee that choses the all-event crew place her as the captain,” Anderson explained. “There’s no person additional deserving than her. It’s outstanding what she does. I assume now everyone recognizes what a good player she is.”
Ihle will proceed her basketball occupation in college or university up coming calendar year at Minnesota State University. Fleischmann will also play college ball at Northwestern Point out College in Natchitoches, LA.
They leave Ballard having led the program to the top of the mountain.
“They’re both of those exclusive in their possess personal strategies,” Ballard junior guard Brooke Loewe stated. “I’m heading to miss out on them so substantially future yr. We wanted to go out with a bang for them. That’s what we did. State champions.”