PERU — The St. Bede Lady Bruins brought the regional championship home to the Academy Thursday night.
The Lady Bruins defeated favored Putnam County 40-19 to capture the 1A St. Bede regional title, their first regional championship in seven years.
After defeating Putnam County, St. Bede heads to the Lady Panthers' home court for sectionals, playing Aurora Christian at 6 p.m. Monday.
Aurora Christian beat Indian Creek 74-32 at Elgin.
St. Bede, which stood 1-15 at the start of the new year, improved to 10-24 on the year.
Christine Senica and Renn Ludford scored nine points each.
Olivia Lamis led PC with six points.