Girls basketball: Hall 37, St. Bede 16
PERU — Hall High School senior Hanah Hart had two good reasons to smile Monday night.
The 18 points she scored led her Lady Devils team (4-4, 1-2) to a 37-16 victory over rival St. Bede (1-8, 1-1) at the academy, and that was exactly what she needed to reach the milestone of 1,000 points in her high school career.
“It felt great, but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates and coaches,” Hart said. “It’s just all hard work, really ... trusting what you do.”
Junior Zoe Morris scored nine points while classmate Jaclyn Cinotte contributed seven toward the Lady Devils’ win.
“It was nice to get that first conference win,” Hall coach TJ Orlandi said. “We’ve got Princeton, another rival on Thursday, and just want to keep it going into the next game.”
Orlandi liked how this week started compared to the last.
“Last week was a bit of a tough one,” he said. “We started with a tough loss to Kewanee, where we did a lot of good things but couldn’t rebound the ball and gave them too many second chances.
“We’re a little bit undersized, and we just gotta box out and rebound. Our last two games, Saturday against Annawan and here tonight, we’ve done a lot better job of it, and it shows.”
Hart scored her first two points of the game (as she would her last two points) at the free throw line, followed by another pair to help Hall start off with a 4-0 lead.
The Lady Bruins, however, were able to catch up to get within a point of Hall, 6-5, at the end of the first period, and would stay close at the end of the first half, 14-11.
Leading in points for St. Bede was Kassidy Brady with five and Lia Bosnich with four. Christine Senica contributed three points, while Payton Giordano and Leah Smudzinski chipped in two apiece.
“I thought we finished the half with good energy,” St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal said. “And we need that all game, because you’re playing better when there’s energy on the floor.”
That energy seemed to wane for the Lady Bruins in the second half, outscored by Hall 12-4 in the third period and 11-1 in the fourth.
“We gotta figure that out,” McGunnigal said. “This game’s gotta be played with energy, you have to run around after this game.”
Orlandi was happy to see further progress in his young team.
“We had Jackie and Hanah back, but some of the girls that are new to playing this varsity are starting to pick it up and do the things we want them to do,” he said. “Getting steals, getting out in passing lanes, and being aggressive. That was nice to see tonight.”