The Hall High School and St. Bede Academy teams advanced from Monday’s quarterfinals of the St. Bede 2A regional Monday. Neither victory came easy.
Hall rallied late to top Bureau Valley 41-36 while the host Lady Bruins held off a charge by the upstart Princeton Tigresses.
Hall 41, Bureau Valley 36: The Bureau County rivals battled back and forth with the Storm taking a 10-4 first-quarter lead only to watch the Lady Devils go up 18-13 at the half. BV went back ahead 36-33 in the fourth quarter, but would not score again.
Hall junior Ellie Herrmann sank a pair of clutch free throws with 3:20 left to play to bring Hall within 36-35. Herrmann, who had a team-high 12 points, also came through with the go-ahead basket and added another pair of free throws to stretch Hall’s lead to 39-36 with 39.3 to play.
Emily Hoscheid added two more free throws and Bureau Valley was unable to answer.
“It’s never easy to end the season, but this team surpassed all the goals we had set for them and have laid a solid foundation for the rebuilding of our program,” BV coach Tiffany Gonigam said. “It would have been nice to win another game, who doesn’t want that? But in the end we had a successful season, and I am proud of their efforts.”
Ellie Herrmann pulled down eight rebounds with her sister, Becca, adding 10 points and seven rebounds.
Senior foreign exchange student Helena Osk Arnadotir and senior center Nicole Bornsheuer each had 11 points for the Storm.
St. Bede 49, Princeton 37: The Lady Bruins had soundly defeated the Tigresses three times this season, and appeared heading toward another with a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter.
PHS, however, would have none of it. The Tigresses outscored the Lady Bruins 10-9 in the second quarter and played within one point the rest of the way.
The Tigresses got as close as four points (22-18) with 5:22 left in the third quarter. Raley Mauck (3) and Laura Sickley (1) combined for four 3-point baskets between them in the third-quarter which added up as the difference in the Lady Bruins’ 12-point victory.
Senior Lexie Miranda helped nail down the win with 6 of 8 free throw shooting late in the fourth quarter.
“I told my girls I didn’t have many Xs and Os for them before the game. I just had one word — believe,” PHS coach Kevin Hieronymus said. “They had to believe they could do it even though St. Bede beat us three times before. And they sure played like they believed tonight. I am so proud of them all.
“Those 3-point shooters got away from us there in the third quarter, and that was the difference in the game.”
Mauck finished with a game-high 18 points and Sickley added 10.
Zoe Mead fueled the Tigresses’ charge with 17 points and 18 rebounds despite sitting out much of the second and third quarters in foul trouble.
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