DES MOINES – It's a Central Decatur senior class that has accomplished a feat that no one else in school history has done.
After winning their first ever state tournament game last season, the Cardinals advanced out of the quarterfinals again this season before falling just short of the Class 2A finals.
Treynor held off CD, 58-53, Friday to advance to take on Grundy Center Saturday at 5 p.m.
Central Decatur will lose six seniors that lost five games in their four year career. Four of those five losses came at Wells Fargo Arena during the state tournament.
"We couldn't get over the hump," said CD head coach Curtis Boothe after the five-point loss to Treynor. "This group was stubborn enough to want it every year. I would say three of the four years we were up here we had a chance to win it."
Emma Atwood, Alli Masters, Erica Kauzlarich, Abbie Ridgway, Alliey Boswell and Tiana Black will bow out as the most successful class in school history, putting together a final record of 95-5.
Knowing the accomplishments of their efforts only carried so much weight for Atwood and Masters in the moments after the loss.
"It just sucks. It's a big accomplishment making it four years up here, but it sucks when you come close and never get it," said Atwood.
"There's not really words. ... I'm proud of the way we came back, but still not the outcome we wanted," Masters said.
For the second game in a row, Central Decatur fell behind and forced itself to climb out of a hole.
Third-ranked and third seeded Treynor put together a 20-2 run over the course the second and third quarters to build up a 38-19 lead.
Treynor's Konnor Sudmann willed the Cardinals to a victory behind a Class 2A single-game scoring record of 34 points, the most since the switch to five classes in 2012-13.
Central Decatur's Masters did everything in her power to get her Cardinals back into things, scoring 22 points in the second half to finish the game with 24.
"We were down so we always have to come back and this is our last shot to get what we wanted so I just kept fighting," said Masters.
Atwood put up 19 points for CD on 8 of 13 shooting along with eight rebouds, but Treynor was able to stave off elimination late game by hitting 27 of 33 free throws.
Central Decatur came as close as two points as Masters made it 47-45 early in the fourth quarter after converting three points the hard way on an and-one.
Sudmann instantly put Treynor up two scores with a dagger of a 3-pointer on the next possesion.
A full recap can be found in this week's Osceola Sentinel-Tribune.