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Lady Bombers win consolation championship at NTC Tourney

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By Andrew Harner

Brownstown/St. Elmo earned the consolation championship during last week’s National Trail Conference girls basketball tournament at Beecher City High School.

The Lady Bombers lost in the first round to Neoga before earning wins against South Central and Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, and seniors Bethany Oberlink and Molly Hill both were named to the all-tournament team.

St. Anthony beat Neoga, 39-28, for the championship, Altamont beat Dieterich, 51-46, for third place, and South Central lost both of its games to finish seventh.

Scores from the tournament were:

Tuesday, Nov. 26
•Dieterich 46, CHBC 31
•Altamont 45, South Central 21
•Neoga 60, BSE 46

Friday, Nov. 29
•BSE 62, South Central 22
•St. Anthony 58, Dieterich 31
•Neoga 60, Altamont 44

Saturday, Nov. 30
•BSE 60, CHBC 30
•Altamont 51, Dieterich 46
•St. Anthony 39, Neoga 28

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In the fifth-place game on Saturday, sixth-seeded BSE held No. 4 CHBC to just one point in the opening quarter, and senior Bethany Oberlink nearly matched her career-high in just three quarters of play during a 60-30 victory.

The Lady Bombers (3-2) also got double-digit scoring from junior Audriana Pruett (12) and senior Molly Hill (11).

Oberlink scored at least 15 points in each game of the tournament to finish with an average of 17 per game, and she scored half of the team’s 20 first-period points against CHBC.

CHBC did most of its scoring in the middle two quarters, but still trailed, 56-23, going to the final eight minutes.

A barrage of field goals (nine) – including a pair of 3-pointers – by the Lady Bombers gave them 22 third-quarter points.

Saturday, Nov. 30
Consolation Championship
BSE 60
CHBC 30
C: 1-12-10-7—30
B: 20-14-22-4—60
Points: Oberlink, 20; Pruett, 12; Hill, 11; Morgan Brown, 7; Danie Austin, 5; Krystyn Fitch, 5.
Record: 3-2

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In the loser’s bracket semifinal, BSE and No. 7 seed South Central met for the first of three times this season, and the Lady Bombers came away with an easy 62-22 victory.

Ten players scored last Friday for BSE (2-2), which was led by senior Bethany Oberlink’s 16 and senior Danie Austin’s career-high 11.

Austin had three 3-pointers in the game, becoming the fifth player to score in double figures for the Lady Bombers, who overwhelmed South Central (0-4) by scoring 22 points in the first and third quarters.

Freshmen Elissa Baron (four) and Brandi Howard (two) scored their first career points in the game, and sophomore Emily Bone matched her career-high, with seven.

For South Central, freshman Sydney Wilkins paced the team with a career-high six points.

Friday, Nov. 29
BSE 62
South Central 22
S: 4-10-6-2—22
B: 22-8-22-10—62
Lady Bombers
Points: Oberlink, 16; Austin, 11; Molly Hill, 8; Bone, 7; Morgan Brown, 7; Audriana Pruett, 5; Baron, 4; Krystyn Fitch, 2; Howard, 2; Gabi Moore, 1.
Record: 2-2
Lady Cougars
Points: Wilkins, 6; Abby Hahn, 4; Autumn McCoy, 4; Jenna Rose, 4; Abby King, 2; Alannah Sigrist, 2.
Record: 0-4

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In first-round action last Tuesday, BSE took its only loss of the tournament, falling to eventual runner-up and No. 3 seed Neoga, 60-46.

Seniors Bethany Oberlink and Molly Hill paced the Lady Bombers (1-2), with 15 and 14 points, respectively, but BSE couldn’t overcome a slow start that put it behind, 22-10, after the first eight minutes.

All-tournament selections Jillian Deters (19) and E.C. Thies (14) led the Lady Indians in scoring.

Tuesday, Nov. 26
Neoga 60
BSE 46
B: 10-9-9-18—46
N: 22-10-14-14—60
Points: Oberlink, 15; Hill, 14; Audriana Pruett, 8; Krystyn Fitch, 7; Danie Austin, 2.
Record: 1-2

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Also on opening night, South Central was knocked off by No. 2 Altamont, 45-21.

Freshman Abby Hahn scored a career-high 11 points in the game, nearly tripling her scoring output from the first two games, and freshman Autumn McCoy added her career-high, with six points for the Lady Cougars (0-3).

Sophomore Abby King scored four points.

All-tournament selections Madison Ohnesorge (18) and Gabby Alwardt (14) led Altamont in scoring.

Tuesday, Nov. 26
Altamont 45
South Central 21
S: 4-7-6-4—21
A: 10-14-13-8—45
Points: Hahn, 11; McCoy, 6; King, 4.
Record: 0-3