Luers ousts Jets from tourney
REBOUNDâ€”Adams Central's Madison Carroll battles for a rebound in the sectional semi-final game Friday at South Adams. Carroll had 4 points and 7 rebounds in the AC loss to Bishop Luers. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
BERNE — No. 1 Bishop Luers, already leading 33-14 at half, scored 27 third-period points to pull away in an eventual 74-28 South Adams Sectional semi-final victory over Adams Central Friday night.
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The win puts the 19-2 Knights into Saturday's 7:30 p.m. championship game against Woodlan, a 43-22 winner over the host Starfires in the first game Friday.
After buckets by Alyssa Keller and Madison Carroll of Adams Central cut the first-period score to 11-6, the Knights finished strong, got the final two buckets and pulled up with a 15-6 first-period lead.
The Knights then went to their big guns in the second period to pull away as a Miracle Woods and Brooke Ridley combined for all 18 second-period points plus 13 rebounds. Luers led 33-14 at the break.
Seven players scored for the Knights in period three as they got their engine running for 27 points to the four for the Jets, building a 60-18 lead.
"We didn't play terrible. They forced us into a lot of mistakes and that resulted in some easy baskets," stated Adams Central coach Sam Beer.
The Lady Jets closed out the season 8-12, winning eight of the final 14 games.
The AC coach called Luers "relentless. They've got that much talent that you just can't stop them. But I'm so proud of our girls. A lot of people thought we wouldn't be in the ballgame at all, but the girls fought hard in that first half. We weren't intimidated."
Woods hit 11 of 14 shots for the game, scoring 22 points to go with 11 rebounds. Ridley hit 7 of 9 shots, scoring 18 points with five rebounds. Morgan Skordos put in 9 points and Bierra Young 8 to go with 3 assists..
Nine players scored for the Jets with Olivia Macklin, Carroll, Keller, Bess Fiechter and Jenae Blackburn all scoring four points. Fiechter had 8 rebounds and Carroll 7. Blackburn dished out a pair of assists.
The Jets did commit 24 turnovers to the nine for Luers.
"Two things with the 8-12 record," noted Beer, who had only two girls with varsity experience on the team when practice started.
"It was good to get that many wins with an inexperienced group, but at the same time the competitors that these girls are they see some of those 12 losses that we wish we could have back. Hopefully, that will be a little bit of fuel for next year. We don't have anybody graduating so they will all be back, and with game experience," noted the coach.