The Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats fell just short in their first appearance in Class 3 championship competition.

Vianney defeated Westminster 27-25, 25-20 in the title game played at Maryville University. The Golden Griffins were the top seed in the postseason.

“They beat us earlier in the season, but we felt like we had really improved as a team and we were ready,” Westminster coach Jean Evans said. “We figured it would be a battle, and we just wanted to play our best.”