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A Perfect Ending: Lady Raiders go out on top

The QND Lady Raiders took home their third consecutive state title on Saturday. The QND Lady Raiders took home their third consecutive state title on Saturday.

NORMAL, Ill. (WGEM) -- It was a run unlike anything we have ever seen before in Tri-State sports.

The Quincy Notre Dame Lady Raiders went out on top at Redbird Arena on Saturday with their third consecutive state title, capping off a perfect (30-0) season.

With all of the hype, the build-up, and the expectations, never once was there a let down.

You couldn't have scripted a better ending.

"I was shooting my last two free throws, and I couldn't really see because I had tears in my eyes," senior guard Kassidy Gengenbacher expressed.

"I couldn't have asked for a better team. We really are a family."

"It's incredible, it's a great honor," added senior forward Jordan Frericks.

"As a team, and the teams in the past we accomplished so much and it's just something really special."

For all of the wins, trophies, and history made along the way, the trail of dominance left behind may be what is remembered the most.

In the end there was no doubt, and nothing left to prove. 

"We just took our opponent, we knew what was in front of us, and we met that challenge," said QND head coach Eric Orne.

"It doesn't matter, 2A, 3A, 4A, we just wanted to be champions and today they were."

"We just proved to everybody that had doubted us that we could get it done," added junior forward Mary Beth Hugenberg.

For some, like the Gengenbacher sisters, Saturday was a bitter sweet ending to another chapter in QND history.

"We just have so much fun playing, and we just all love basketball, we love being with each other and I think those memories are going to last longer than people will remember the state championships," said junior guard Kristen Gengenbacher.

"Just to play with Kassidy and Jordan and it being Kassidy's last game, it's just a special feeling for me to be here."

Kassidy Gengenbacher and Jordan Frericks walked off the floor at Redbird Arena for the final time on Saturday.

The all-state duo will leave not only as icons in the Notre Dame program, but as two of the most decorated players in IHSA history.

"I've played all of my last games of each season on this floor with Jordan and just to be able to end with a win and an undefeated season is incredible," Kassidy expressed.

"We worked so hard at practices, and we just wanted this," Frericks added.

"We wanted it more than anyone and we came out with the passion and desire and we took it."

It wasn't easy for Eric Orne to watch his seniors play their final game, but it couldn't have ended any better.

"It was tough," Orne expressed.

"They came off the court for the last time, but at least they came off as champions."

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