Devitt heads up All-Tournament team
Mendota’s Amy Devitt, who averaged 23.4 ppg in the tournament and saved her best with 32 points in the championship game, headed up the All-Tournament team.
St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal guessed that Devitt may have set a tournament scoring record, but there have been no records kept.
Devitt was joined by teammate Ally Bromen-schenkel and St. Bede’s Laura Sickley, Lydia Stariha, Whitley Funfsinn and Mo Dean from the championship game.
Princeton’s Emmalee Sears, who hit the game-winning shot in the Tigresses win over Henry, also was selected.
The 15-person All-Tournament Team included IVC’s Candis Rudolph, Brooke Rudolph and Shayna Van Ostrand, Fieldcrest’s Tessa Holland and Haley Ruestman, Eureka’s Josie Hodel and Seneca’s Danielle Hauch.
• 1,000 point club: Ruestman, a junior guard for the Knights, went over the 1,000-point career mark when she hit a fourth-quarter three-pointer against Princeton Friday. The game was halted and Ruestman was presented with a gameball and received an ovation from the Fieldcrest faithful.
Mercer rule: Paul Mercer, who retired after a highly successful career at IVC last year, was in attendance Friday and Saturday. When asked if it was hard to sit in the stands after all those years on the bench, he said he had to sit on his hands. He’s stayed in the game coaching his grandchild’s biddy basketball team.
IVCC gaining some Mo: St. Bede senior Morgan “Mo” Dean has verbally committed to play for IVCC. IVCC coach Pat Cinotte scouted the tournament and visited with Eureka senior Michaela Balducci and her parents Saturday afternoon.
Tourney recap: Fieldcrest beat IVC 57-45 for third place and Eureka beat Seneca 47-44 for fifth place.
Princeton held a 24-21 lead over Kewanee late in the second quarter, but the Boilers rallied to claim the seventh-place contest 48-36. Zoe Mead led the Tigresses with 16 points.
In other action Saturday, Henry held off LaMoille/Ohio 33-31 for ninth place, the Lady Lions rallying from a 20-10 deficit, but came up short. Sheila Browning netted 20 points for L/O with Shelby Wright scoring 14 and Emma Cluskey 12 for Henry.
“The girls had their best game all year,” L/O coach Dick Gross said.
On Friday, St. Bede clinched the White Pool title, defeating IVC 45-41, Dean led the Lady Bruins with 11 points and Stariha and Sickley added seven each.
Princeton had another strong first half go for naught Friday, playing Fieldcrest to a 27-21 contest, only to be outscored 32-7 in the second half, falling 56-28. Sears had nine points.
LaMoille/Ohio dropped two games Friday, falling to Seneca 56-26 and Kewanee 62-18. Shiela Browning had a team-high 13 points on the day.