After a flurry of weekend makeup contests, Erie-Prophetstown clinched the TRAC East girls conference championship with wins over Bureau Valley and Princeton.
At the same time, St. Bede used wins over Princeton and Newman and Hall scored wins over Newman and Bureau Valley to finish in a second-place tie for second at 6-5 in league play. With two losses, Bureau Valley slipped to fourth at 5-5.
Here’s a weekend recap:
E-P 46, Princeton 29: Sophomore Taylor Quiram led PHS (4-21, 1-11) with 12 points while seniors Kelly VanDenBussche and Meg Fisher marked their Senior Night and last home game Saturday afternoon with six points each.
St. Bede 43, Newman 38: Maggie Sons scored nine points in the first quarter to spark the Lady Bruins to a 16-10 lead over the Comets at the academy Saturday and kept them there, finishing with a game-high 16 points. Carly Eustice, Maci Bosnich and Christine Senica each scored six points.
Madison Craft also netted nine first-quarter points for Newman, all on 3s, finishing with 15 points.
Hall 46, Bureau Valley 34: The Lady Devils capped the regular season with a win at home over the Storm Saturday, finishing the TRAC East slate at 6-4. It was the Lady Devils’ fourth straight win.
“It was a great effort against a very good BV team,” Hall coach Brian Holman said. “It was nice to see contributions from everyone and hopefully we can use this to be confident as we head into regional play.”
Hanah Hart led Hall with 14 points with Jaclyn Cinotte adding 11 and Tori Bogatitus eight. The Lady Devils take an 18-8 record into its own 2A regional against Putnam County at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Emily Fordham had 17 points and Saige Barnett 15 for BV (18-9), which opens regional play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Prophetstown.
Marquette 53, LaMoille-Ohio 19: Freshman Kylee Brown scored 10 points as the Lady Lions closed out the regular season Saturday.
Hall 35, Newman 31: Gabby Englehaupt made the game-winning bucket with 0:23 left with a couple of Cinotte free throws to pad the lead as the Lady Devils pulled out a TRAC East win over the Comets in a Friday night make-up game in Spring Valley.
Cinotte had 11 points and Englehaupt 10 for Hall.
St. Bede 33, Princeton 10: The Lady Bruins rolled to victory in a Friday matinee game at St. Bede. Naomi Ochuba and Hannah Johnson each scored eight for St. Bede (12-14). Fisher had six points for PHS.
Erie-Prophetstown 59, Bureau Valley 52: The Lady Panthers clinched the TRAC East Conference championship, defeating the then second-place Storm Friday night.
Barnett led all scorers with 28 points, Fordham added 14 points.
Emma Camper (17) and Steimie (16) combined for 33 points for E-P.
Annawan 1A regional: LaMoille-Ohio saw its season end, falling to Galva 54-23 in regional play Monday night. Brooke Motter led the Lady Lions (4-19) with six points.
Princeton 60, Erie-Prophetstown 42: The Tigers scored a TRAC East Conference victory in a makeup game at Erie Monday. Jamie Reinhardt led the Tigers with 16 points and Owen Rossler and Branden Haring split 16 more.
Newman 59, Bureau Valley 54: The Storm led 21-13 after one quarter and 34-27 at halftime, but could not hold off the Comets – who scored 20 points in the final eight minutes.
Devon House scored 12 of his game-20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Comets’ comeback.
Kale Barnett led the Storm with 15 points, with Noah Johnson adding 12, Nate Paup nine points, and Tyler Gustafson eight.
Byron 58, Princeton 48: Byron won the meeting of the two Tigers at Prouty Gym, but it didn’t come as easy as it would have liked.
Byron jumped out to an 18-3 lead in the first five minutes of the game and scored the first 10 points of the third quarter and stretched its lead to as large as 23 points at quarter’s end at 47-24.
Princeton made a furious comeback, rallying within 49-41 with 3 1/2 minutes left on a 3-pointer by Colby Robbins and layup by Koel Hjerstedt. PHS got as close as 51-46 on a steal and layup by Robbins.
PHS coach Kevin Howard said his Tigers lacked intensity and emotion at the beginning of the game, noting it’s hard to do two nights in a row coming off an emotionally charged 61-60 win over rival Bureau Valley Friday.