After a tough first quarter, the Hall Lady Devils played No. 3 ranked Sherrard to a three-point difference the rest of the way Thursday at Red Devil Gymnasium, ultimately falling 37-23.
Hall coach Josiah Martin said he knew the Tigers like to play an up-tempo game and his Lady Devils did a good job getting back on defense.
“I thought our girls played well defensively tonight in both the halfcourt and the full-court,” he said. “Our game plan on offense was to be patient and work the ball to get a good shot. The girls executed the game plan pretty well. Sherrard is a very good team, but our girls didn’t back down at all. I am very proud of them for their effort tonight.”
The Tigers jumped out to a 15-4 first-quarter lead, but were stalled in their tracks. Hall slowed things down to a 3-2 second quarter to close the half with Sherrard leading 18-6.
The Lady Devils picked up the pace in the third, outscoring the Tigers 10-5 to close within 23-16.
Brenna Faletti made good on all three shot attempts from the floor, leading the Lady Devils with six points. Emily Hoscheid added five points and Hunter Galassi and Becca Herrmann had four each.
Rockridge 43, St. Bede 40: Laura Sickley had 14 points and Hanna Bima added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Bruins on the road Thursday in another Three Rivers South contest.
St. Bede won the soph prelim 49- 41 behind Julia Pohar (19 points) and Brianna Lau (18 points).
Peoria Christian 44, Putnam County 43: The visiting Chargers clinched the Tri-County Conference championship, but it did not come easy at R.M. Germano Gymnasium in Granville Thursday.
The Lady Panthers, who lost to the Chargers 61-34 in the TCC championship game two weeks ago, held leads of 16-15 after one quarter and 24-23 at the half. Peoria Christian used a 12-7 third quarter to take a 35-31 lead and held on to victory.
Daniela Pavlovich led Putnam County (19-5, 5-1) with 21 points. Sisters Taylor (17) and Jordan (14) Myroth paced Peoria Christian (6-0 TCC).