Stew-Stras/Windsor and Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick 8th grade basketball teams opened the NTC 8th grade tourney as the bottom seeds, #7 and #8, respectively. They ended the tourney still looking up at the rest of the conference.
Stew-Stras/Windsor did get a win in the consolation bracket and finished in 6th place, while BCCH did not get a win and tied with Neoga at the bottom of the barrel.
BCCH had to start out the tourney on Wednesday, playing the #1 seeded team, Altamont and Stew-Stras/Windsor had to open on Thursday, playing #2 seeded Sigel. BCCH lost, 35-11, and SS/W lost, 42-19.
Tabitha Endlsey led BCCH in the loss with three points, while Stone led Altamont with 14 points. Altamont had a 9-2 run to start the game. They got on track in the 2nd scoring eight points, but still fell back by 15 at the break, 23-10. BCCH was almost shutout in the 2nd half, being out-scored, 22-1.
Altamont 35, BCCH 11
BCCH stats: Tabitha Endsley 3 ( FG, 1/2 FTs), Erica Lorton 2 (FG), Taylor Oldham 2 (FG), Amanda Smith 2 (FG), Becca Morgason 2 (FG). Team FGs 5. Team FTs 1-of-2.
Alta stats: Stone 14 (7 FGs), McHugh 8 (4 FGs), Hosick 4 (2 FGs), Grimsley 2 (FG), Mette 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Wolff2 (FG), Goeckner 2 (FG), Mayhaus 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 17. Team FTs 1-of-4.
SS/W suffered a 13-1 run at the hands of Sigel in the 1st period of their game. SS/W played competitive after that, being outscored by just 11 points in the remaining three quarters.
Sigel 42, Stew-Stras/Windsor 19
SS/W stats: Katrina Davis 6 (3 FGs), Madison Everett 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Carson Cole 4 (2 FGs), Megan Schlechte 2 (FG), Jessica Shultz 2 (FG). Team FGs 9. Team FTs 1-of-2.
Sigel stats: B. Schumacher 14 (5-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/3 FTs), L. Jansen 14 (7 FGs, 0/2 FTs), J. Bueker 10 (5 FGs), S. Niebrugge 4 (2 FGs). Team FGs 20 (1-3). Team FTs 1-of-9.
BCCH and Stew-Stras/Windsor were sent to the consolation bracket. BCCH played late Thursday and Stew-Stras/Windsor on Friday.
BCCH played #4 Sacred Heart on Thursday and were beaten, 18-10.
Sacred Heart's star was the difference in the game. Natalie Carie scored nine points in the 8-point win. The rest of the players on both teams scored no more than two points, each. Sacred Heart out-scored BCCH 12-0 in the 1st half. In the 2nd half, BCCH out-scored Sacred Heart, 10-6.
Sacred Heart 18, BCCH 10
BCCH stats: Endsley 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Lorton 2 (FG), Claire Gardner 2 (2/4 FTs), Lauren Wojcik 2 (FG), Smith 2 (FG). Team FGs 4 FGs, Team FTs 2-of-6.
Stew-Stras/Windsor played a defensive game against #6 Neoga on Friday and won by just four free throws, 14-10.
Everett and Davis led SS/W with five points each, while Banning led Neoga with six points. Everett and Davis accounted for those four free throws, Everett one and Davis three.
SS/W led after the 1st, 5-3, and at the half, 9-5, the 4-point margin of victory. SS/W stretched their lead to five points in the 3rd, but Neoga shrunk it back to four by the closing bell.
Stew-Stras/Windsor 14, Neoga 10
SS/W stats: Everett 5 (2 FGs, FT), Davis 5 (FG, 3 FTs), Cole 2 (FG), Bennett 1 (FT), Smith 1 (FT). Team FGs 4. Team FTs 6.
Neo stats: Banning 6 (2 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Ramert 2 (FG), Vaughn 2 (FG). Team FGs 4. Team FTs 2.
Stew-Stras went to the consolation champion game against Sacred Heart on Saturday. Sacred Heart build an 8-point lead at the break, 17-9, then had a 10-2 run in the 3rd to establish a prohibitive lead, 27-11. SS/W out-scored Sacred Heart down the stretch, 5-2, cutting the final margin of defeat to 13 points.
Everett and Davis led the SS/W again with five and four points, respectively. Sacred Heart had two players in double figures. Carie had 13 points and Webster 10 points.
Sacred Heart 29, Stew-Stras/Windsor 16
SS/W stats: Everett 5 (2 FGs, FT), Davis 4 (1-3 pt, FT), Bennett 2 (FG), Smith 2 (FG), M. Reynolds 2 (2 FTs), Cole 1 (FT). Team FGs 5 (1-3). Team FTs 5.