The third day of the Lady Bruins Christmas Classic solidified positioning for the championship game as both the Mendota and Fieldcrest girls basketball teams were victorious Friday at St. Bede.
The Lady Trojans finished pool play with a 4-0 record in the Green Pool as they cruised past Eureka 54-32, while Fieldcrest defeated Princeton 57-28 for a 3-1 record in the White Pool.
“Our energy was good and our effort was good,” Mendota coach Kevin Geldon said. “Doing the little things was a lot better than it has been and that’s the thing good teams do. And that’s what we’re trying to be — a good basketball team. Hopefully, one day we’ll be great, but that’s what we have to commit to each and every day.”
St. Bede and Seneca also have 3-1 marks in the White Pool, but Fieldcrest moves on to the championship game at 5 tonight because it holds the point differential tiebreaker.
The Lady Bruins defeated Princeton — which played twice Friday — 51-27 and will play in Saturday’s third-place game at 3:30 p.m. today.
LaMoille-Ohio and Henry suffered loses as L-O fell to Seneca 52-25 and Henry was defeated by Kewanee 40-12.
Mendota 54, Eureka 32
The Lady Trojans had little trouble with Eureka in Saturday’s last game of pool play.
Junior post player Amy Devitt scored 10 points in the first four minutes of the game to help give the Lady Trojans a 12-0 lead.
Devitt and company didn’t stop there as Mendota ended the first quarter with an 18-4 lead.
“The past few games coach has talked to us about not being the same team than we normally are, so we wanted to get back to who we are as a basketball program,” Devitt said. “We want to run the ball and do what we do best.”
The junior finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds — both game-highs.
Three other Lady Trojans finished in double figures as Ally Bromenschenkel scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Abby Bromenschenkel added 10 points and five steals and Brooke Carroll recorded 10 points and dished out three assists.
The stat Geldon was glad his team excelled in against Eureka was rebounding.
“That’s obviously one of our strengths and I thought they were pretty relentless on the offensive glass tonight,” Geldon said. “Sometimes we have a tendency to take it off on the defensive end. I thought (Brooke) Stallings came and played real good minutes today. She is another one we expect to contribute and she’s fully capable. That is one of our keys and something we work hard on and continue to preach about.”
Mendota (14-1) held Eureka to single-digits in the first three quarters of play as it ran a full-court press and doubled ball handlers on the perimeter.
The Lady Hornets outscored Mendota 15-6 in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough to rally from the 31-point lead Mendota had in the early minutes of the final frame.
“In order for our defense to work well, we all have to work together,” Devitt said. “We all have to communicate well and when we put it all together it works really well.”
Fieldcrest 57, Princeton 28
The Lady Knights did what they needed to against Princeton to get into today’s title game.
Senior Julia Jochums scored a game-high 22 points. She hit six 3-pointers, including three long-range shots in the first quarter to held give Fieldcrest a 27-12 lead after the first quarter.
Fieldcrest went into halftime with a 35-14 lead and put the game out of reach for good in the third quarter when Jochums hit three more 3s.
Senior Haley Ruestman and junior Tessa Holland finished in double digits for the Lady Knights as they scored 11 and 10, respectively.
Zoe Mead led the Tigresses with 12 points and Danielle Hughes added 10 points.
St. Bede 51, Princeton 27
St. Bede’s defense didn’t allow Princeton to score in double digits during any quarter, while the Lady Bruins didn’t score less than 11 points in a quarter.
Sophomore Hanna Bima led the Lady Bruins with 15 points, while Riley Mauck added 12 points.
Mead had seven points for PHS.
Kewanee 40, Henry 12
Henry found itself on the wrong side of Friday’s contest early as Kewanee jumped out to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter.
The Boilermakers didn’t stop there as they outscored Henry in each quarter.
Henry made four field goals and had three players score. Emma Cluskey and Shelby Wright had five points each.
Seneca 52, LaMoille-Ohio 35
Seniors Shiela Browning and Elizabeth Geuther scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Lions against Seneca.
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