PERU — No. 1 seed Prophetstown proved to be too much for the Hall Lady Red Devils as the Lady Prophets cruised into the championship game of the St. Bede Regional with 69-38 victory Tuesday at the Academy.
Hall took its first and only lead of the game as senior forward Becca Herrmann scored in the paint to make the score 2-0 with 7:34 left in the fist quarter.
It would be all Prophetstown for the remainder of the contest as they took a 4-2 lead with 6:18 seconds left to play in the first on a layup by junior forward Shelby Adams.
Prophetstown would hold not trail again.
“We would score a basket and they’d come down and answer that basket, we couldn’t get a basket and then a stop,” Hall coach Josiah Martin said. “That transition never happened for us. It’s tough to win a basketball game if you can’t score and then go get a stop, it seemed like every possession down the court they were scoring.”
Prophetstown created multiple offensive opportunities and points off steals and tipped passes.
“They played a very good game both offensively and defensively, they pressured the heck out of you on the defensive side, offensively they really run the court very well and they got a lot of fastbreak lay ups on us,” Martin said. “We knew they were going to do that, and we still couldn’t do much to stop them. So, big time credit to them; they’re well coached, and they’re a very good team.”
Hall allowed a big scoring run late in the first half as they were outscored by the Lady Prophets 17-4 in the last 4:32 of the second quarter as Prophetstown mixed up their offense and found multiple ways to score.
“When you got to guard the three and you got to guard the girls inside cutting, back screens and all that, their offensive runs very affective, so it keeps you very honest. If one girl slips up they get a wide open shot, so it’s very tough to guard,” Martin said.
Prophetstown took a commanding 47-21 lead into halftime and would continue to pad their lead for the remainder of the contest.
Hall was led offensively by Becca Herrmann with 11 points and her sister, junior guard/forward Ellie Herrmann (8).
“Overall I thought we got a lot better as the year progressed there’s no doubt about that. There were a lot of young girls that got some good experience,” Martin said. “I started a freshman and two freshmen were the first ones off the bench. So, there’s some young girls that got a lot of good experience this year.”
Hall finished the season with a record of 9-17.
“Great group of girls here, and I think we made a lot of strides, and we got a lot better over the course of the year so that’s a bright spot moving forward,” Martin said.
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