Putnam County, led by Caitlyn Cioni, Sophia Harris and Molly Boyd, defeats St. Bede for seventh place
Eureka’s reign at the Lady Bruins Christmas Classic continued Monday night at St. Bede Academy.
The top-seeded Hornets won their fourth straight LBCC championship, defeating No. 2 Fieldcrest 51-48.
“To win this tournament again is sweet,” Eureka coach Jerry Prina said. “We don’t care who we’re playing or what the records are. We feel we can beat anyone anytime, anywhere, and we got a win against a very good Fieldcrest team.”
The Hornets have now won LBCC titles in 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2011. They were scheduled to play Fieldcrest in the 2017 finals, but they were snowed out.
Eureka led throughout the game, 14-7 after the first quarter, 28-20 at the half and 33-28 after three quarters.
Ella Ausmus led Eureka with 17 points while Ashley Kohl and Natalie Anderson added 10 each.
Hannah Baker had a game-high 18 points for Fieldcrest.
Putnam County 37, St. Bede 32
The Lady Panthers led at each quarter break, but never by more than seven (7-6, 19-16, 31-24) on the way to claiming seventh-place honors in Monday’s first game of the day.
PC got balanced scoring with Caitlyn Cioni scoring eight points, and Sophia Harris and Molly Boyd seven each.
Ryan Stoudt led St. Bede with eight points and Renn Ledford added six.
Mendota 39, Seneca 30
The Trojans led by 18 (34-16) after three quarters and went into cruise control to defeat the Irish for third place Monday.
Mendota’s Amelia Bromschenkel led all scorers with 18 points with teammate Jaclyn Fitzgerald adding 11.
Madison Brombeck led Seneca with 12 points.
Princeton 43, Kewanee 29
The Tigresses were seeded seventh and took fifth, defeating the Boiler Girls in Monday’s finals.
PHS jumped out to a 10-5 first-quarter lead on deuces by Gray May, Taylor Quiram and McKenzie Hecht (plus a free throw) and a trey by Brynn Hieronymus.
Kewanee closed within 15-13 at the half before the Tigresses stretched their lead to 24-19 at the end of the third quarter. PHS won going away by outscoring Kewanee 19-10 in the fourth quarter.
Kenzie Coleman led PHS with 13 points, Quiram added 11 and Hecht eight.