No. 2 Labette’s draw in the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship was revealed on Tuesday as the Cardinals will be the No. 2 seed in the 16-team bracket.

Labette will play No. 15 Union County, which played in the national title game last year, in the first round on Tuesday at noon.

“It’s good to know where we stand and what we look forward to,” Rolls said. “We’re playing a team that made the national championship last year, so we know we’ll have our hands full. It’s going to be a tough game.” 

The Cardinals players and coaching staff learned their seeding at a viewing party at the student union on Tuesday afternoon.

Labette (25-4) punched its first ticket to the national tournament since 2010 by beating No. 7 Johnson County last Friday at the NJCAA Region VI Tournament championship game in Hutchinson.

Union County (19-10) out of New Jersey is one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, ranking 18th in total rebounds (46.6) and third in offensive rebounds (19.9).

The Cardinals will have lofty expectations at nationals. The Region VI Tournament winner has reached the semifinals in the last seven seasons dating back to 2013, with Kansas City Kansas, Johnson County and Highland combining to win four national titles in that span.

“We’ve got to take it one game at a time,” Rolls said. “We want to play our best game of the year against Union County, try to duplicate that two or three more times and try to win it all.” 

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