PERU — St. Bede had the big upset of the first day of their own Lady Bruin Classic Saturday, defeating No. 2 seed Fieldcrest 45-39 in the day’s final contest.
The Lady Bruins had a balanced attack with Hanna Bima scoring 13 points, Laura Sickley 12 and Raley Mauck 11. Defensively, St. Bede limited Fieldcrest’s 1-2 punch of Haley Ruestman (17) and Tessa Holland (8) to 25 points.
“I told the girls before the game that we needed to control their scorers and I think we did that. If not, I told them it was going to be a street fight of who was going to score more,” St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal said. “We really responded by making some nice plays offensively to Hanna in the post, Raley and Laura knocking down some outside shots and our free throw shooting particularly by sophomore Julia Pohar in the fourth quarter was so clutch. But our free throws for the entire game was outstanding.”
The Lady Bruins were 12-14 overall and 8-10 in the fourth quarter, largely in part to Pohar’s 5-6 effort.
St. Bede went 1-1 on Saturday, falling early to Seneca 30-27. Senior guard Laura Sickley led the Lady Bruins with 15 points, including three, 3-pointers.
The first day of the girls basketball tournament at St. Bede saw seven games played on the hardwood with one that went down as a forfeit with Henry choosing to cancel due to the weather forecast.
Mendota went 2-0 with a 55-41 win over IVC in the Green Pool and a 2-0 forfeit win over Henry. Ally Bromoschenckel poured in 25 points to lead Mendota past IVC. Amy Devitt added 15.
Seneca finished the day 2-0 in the White Pool with a 30-27 win over St. Bede and 51-26 over Princeton.
In other games played, IVC beat Kewanee 55-49 in overtime, Fieldcrest downed LaMoille/Ohio 61-41 and Eureka beat Kewanee 56-44.