PERU — The St. Bede Lady Bruins used a hot start to outlast the Hall Lady Red Devils 46-43 Thursday night during Three Rivers Conference South Division action at the Academy.
St. Bede (11-15, 5-4) went on a 9-0 scoring run to open the game as senior guard Laura Sickley, senior guard Lexie Miranda and sophomore center Hanna Bima all contributed during the stretch.
The St. Bede defense was also tough early, keeping the Lady Red Devils off the board for the majority of the first quarter. Senior guard Brenna Faletti got Hall on the board with a free throw to make the score 9-1 at the 2:11 mark.
Offensively, Hall had no answer for St. Bede as the Lady Red Devils came out slow and had trouble clicking early. They did receive some offense from senior guard Kaylee Golden off the bench as she contributed five of 12 first half Lady Red Devils points.
“Kaylee played very well tonight. Her forte is defense that’s for sure but on offense she gives us little sparks,” Hall coach Joshia Martin said. ”She drove to the basket and got to the free throw line a few times, we were struggling offensively early so she gave us a little spark offensively early in the game.”
St. Bede led 25-12 going into halftime.
Hall started to come together late in the third quarter as they went on a 9-1 run spanning the last 1:58 of the quarter that was capped off by a nice move to the baseline by Hall junior guard Ellie Herrmann to make the score 35-28 going into the fourth quarter.
“I got on them at halftime a little bit. We almost had as many turnovers as we did shots taken in the first half so we knew that had to change,” Martin said. “So we shot the basketball a lot more which got their energy going a little bit but defensively we also buckled down there in the second half which I think was key to our comeback as well, not just our offense, but that defense got us right back in the game.”
All 10 of Ellie Hermann’s points came in the second half as she was benched early due to foul trouble.
“I’m proud of her for coming back in the second half and not backing down. She came out the second half ready to go and she was a key component getting us right back in the game,” Martin said.
Hall continued to make a charge late into the fourth quarter, cutting the St. Bede lead to 44-41 on two made free throw attempts by Faletti with 20.3 seconds left to play.
“We just kind of throw it in neutral, I thought we did that kind of towards the end of the second quarter, kind of just coasted a little bit and we never woke up coming out of halftime so that’s what you get, I told the girls on the bench that we’re going to be in a world of hurt pretty soon if we don’t pick it up and get going. We did just enough to stave it off,” St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal said.
St. Bede would eventually come out on top 46-43.
Bima led the Lady Bruins’ offense with a game-high 11 points followed by three other Bruins with seven points apiece.
Hall was led by Ellie Hermann with 10 points, Golden (7) and Becca Herrmann (7).
• Notes: St. Bede won the sophomore game 43-41. Julia Pohar had 15 points, and Gabbie Morrow had nine points.