Sigel St. Michael Finishes Second At State

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Published on December 20 2013 1:54 pm
Last Updated on December 22 2013 3:31 pm
Written by Millie Lange

DANVILLE -- Sigel St. Michael fell to host Danville Schlarman 55-45 at the Class 8-1A State Girls Basketball Tournament Thursday evening.

Danville Schlarman came out to take the early lead. Schlarman's press and up-tempo game had the Sharpshooters turning the ball over more than they liked in the first quarter but they never stopped fighting for the ball.

The Hilltoppers started the second qurater with a baseline play and Chian Scott drained a three-pointer. Jolene Bueker came back for St. Michael and nailed a three of her own. St. Michael cut into the lead with some great defense that caused several turnovers they then converted into points. But quick steals and layups kept the Hilltoppers ahead 32-17 at the half.

The Sharpshooters came out fired up and added four quick points and caused the Hilltoppers to turn over the ball several times. The teams traded threes and continued the up-tempo game. Schlarman led 49-28 going into the final period.

Sadie Bueker drained her second three of the half to start the fourth quarter. Bueker added a second three and the lead was cut down to 15. The Sharpshooters held Schlarman to six points in the fourth quarter but the early lead was too much to overcome.

Leading Schlarman was Ariel Scott with 26 points. Anaya Peoples added 16. Bueker led the Sharpshooters with 14 points and Bailey Schumacher chipped in with 10.

Schlarman finished unbeaten at 23-0 on the season. St. Michael ended the season with a 21-4 mark.

The third place contest went to Lncolnwest Lincoln Broadwell over Augusta Southeastern 38-15.

In the Class 8-2A State Tournament, Bloomington Holy Trinity beat Carthage 28-20. The third place contest went to Lewistown Central over Nokomis 27-15. In the 3A State Tourney, Monticello won over Eureka 27-25. Quincy Blessed Sacrament defeated Dolton Lincoln 37-30 for third place. The 4A title went to Edwardsville Liberty over Chatham Glenwood 44-34. Frankfort Summit  won the third place contest over Channahan 38-30.

Class 8-1A State Tournament

Championship Game

Danville Schlarman         13    19    17      6    --    55

Sigel St. Michael                3    14    11    17    --    45

Danville Schlarman -- Peoples 16, Scott 26, Kumpucknal 5, Dietzen 4, Gress 4

Sigel St. Michael -- Niebrugge 4, Fearday 1, Jansen 6, S. Bueker 8, Schumacher 10, Buening 2, J. Bueker 14