JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — It was a crazy comeback for the Sullivan Lady Redskins as they won the Okaw Valley Holiday Tournament championship on Saturday, beating Clinton 71-70.
Sullivan started like ganbusters, turning the Maroons black and blue in the 1st with an 18-9 run. Clinton recovered and trimmed the Sully lead in the 2nd, but the 'Skins still lead by four at the break, 32-28.
Clinton held on to the momentum out of the locker room and shot past Sully with a 16-10 in the 3rd.
Down by two to start crunch time, 44-42. Sullivan needed to to regain their mojo. They did, but Clinton tried a jailbreak and dared Sullivan to catch them.
Clinton broke out with a 26-point push down the stretch. But Sullivan nipped them at the wire with a 29-point 4th to grab the trophy.
Sullivan had balanced scoring with four players in double figures. Brittin Boyer scored 20 points, scoring six time from the floor and making 8-of-10 free throws.
Emily Stewart had 16, including 3-of-5 from the arc. Maggie Plank had 16, scoring six times from the floor and going a poerfect 4-of-4 at the line. Tournament MVP Emily Neuhauser scored 15 points, scoring seven times, once from the arc.
Clinton had the game-high scorer, Ginger, with 22 points and just two more players in double figures. Tool had 17 and Scott 10.
Free throws were key to the win. Sullivan made 13-of-17 shots and Clinton, just 5-of-8. Clinton had one more trey and two more deuces, but those Sully free throws tipped the scale.
Okaw Valley Tourney
Sullivan 71, Clinton 70
Sully stats: Boyer 20 (6 FGs, 8/10 FTs), Stewart 16 (3-2s, 3-3 pt Fgs, 1/3 FTs), Plank 16 (6 FGs, 4/4 FTs), Neuhauser 15 (6-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Marshall 4 (2 FGs). Team FGs 27. 3 Pointers: 4 (Stewart 3, Neuhauser). Team FTs 13-of-17.
Clinton stats: Ginger 22 (10 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Tool 17 (8 FGs, 1/1 FTs), Scott 10 (2-2s, 2-3 pt FGs), Toohill 8 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs), Bieber 7 (3 FGs, 1/3 FTs), Ennis 6 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs). Team FGs 30. 3-Pointers: 5 (Toohill 2, Scott 2, Ennis). Team FTs 5-of-8.