Warhawks pull off thrilling comeback win

West Fork’s Cail Weaver heads toward the basket all alone after taking the ball away from Remsen St. Mary’s following a slip on the court late in the fourth quarter of this state quarterfi nal game. PHOTO BY KRISTI NIXON

DES MOINES — Frank Schnoes wore his “Let the Peacock Fly” T-shirt for a reason.

He knew his team was going to exceed expectations, just like the originator of the shirt and saying, Frank Garza and his son Luka Garza for the University of Iowa, have done.

Schnoes’ West Fork Warhawks did just that in a 55-53 Class 1A state quarterfinal win over a higher-seeded and state-experienced Remsen St. Mary’s team on Monday, March 9 at Wells Fargo Arena.

“Now, I’ll see if my wife can wash it for the next game,” Schnoes said of the T-shirt. “It was the exact game that I expected. I thought watching them on tape that we were evenly-matched. I think we shot the three-ball better than they did tonight. They are noted for that.”

However, it was Brayden Vold’s inside hook shot with time winding down that won it, setting off an early celebration since 0.6 seconds were put back on the clock, but the Hawks fumbled with the ensuing inbounds pass and the horn sounded to set off another West Fork jubilation.

“It was set up for Kayden,” Vold said of the original play. “We were both supposed to roll off that and I was the roller who got the ball. (It was) the shot we practiced over and over and over again.”

West Fork trailed by as much as 10 points with 4:03 left in the third quarter before they played their way back to tie it at 41 heading into the fourth quarter.

This was the kind of game Jakob Washington, who led the Warhawks and a trio in double figures with 12 points, was expecting.

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