PERU — The Kewanee Boiler Girls’ 1-3-1 half-court trap was too much for St. Bede Thursday at the Academy as the Lady Bruins fell 51-27.
The Lady Bruins took their only lead of the game on a nice entry pass from senior forward Raley Mauck to sophomore center Hanna Bima for an easy layup with 2:40 seconds left to play in the first, making the score 9-7.
It was all Boiler Girls for the rest of the contest.
The pesky Boiler defense kept the St. Bede offense off the board for 10 minutes and 40 seconds spanning the last 2:40 seconds of the first and the entire second quarter.
Kewanee freshman forward Rachael Moraski pestered the Lady Bruin offense as she continually tipped passes and made steals resulting in easy layups for the Boiler Girls offense. Moraski finished with a game-high 20 points.
“She’s a freshman but she’s got a wing span, and we try to get her up there and get her to use that. She closes the lanes down pretty well, and she plays with a lot of energy,” Kewanee coach Chuck Blake said.
The Boiler Girls went on a 13-point run to take a 20-9 lead into the half highlighted by three straight steals by Moraski that led to six Boiler Girls points on easy layups.
St. Bede looked to get back into the game as they scored the first four points of the second half but that was short lived. The Boiler Girls continued to make steals and pour in easy buckets against the Lady Bruins.
The Boiler Girls finished out the contest on a 31-14 run as they cruised to an easy 51-27 victory.
“We held a varsity squad to 9 points at half on their floor. They’ve been our nemesis, we’ve had trouble with St. Bede, and I’m sure we will in the future. They’re well coached, and they get after it,” Blake said. “It’s just one of those things that we got the ball rolling our way, and we just kept it up.”
St. Bede’s offense was led by Mauck with 12 points followed by Bima and senior forward Sophie Carus as each added four.
St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal declined comment.
• Kewanee won the sophomore preliminary 32-29 in overtime. Julia Pohar had eight points for the Lady Bruins.