JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — CHBC used a 10-0 run in the 4th quarter to beat St. Anthony in the NTC Girls Tourney Championship game on Saturday, 36-31.
CHBC had come from 10-points down in the 3rd period to survive Dieterich in the semifinal, Friday. They came back from five down in the 4th to beat St. Anthony on Saturday in the championship.
CHBC's leading scorer Micah Jones was held to just seven points through three quarters thanks to double and triple teams and a lot of long St. Anthony arms.
So the Hornet's had to rely on defense and senior forward Autum Riley to carry them offensively with six of her 8 points in the 1st period.
Junior Kirby Herrmann also scored all four of her points early to keep the Hornets in the game. Ava Paruleski scored and Jones and Ashley Miller split a pair of free throws to give the Hornets a 14-13 lead after one.
The 1st quarter had three lead changes and four ties. The biggest lead was a 3-point lead by CHBC, but with 8 seconds left, Makayla Walsh hit a two at the buzzer to cut it to a 1-point Hornet lead, 14-13.
Jones converted a 3-point play early in the 2nd, before St. Anthony went on a 6-0 run and carried a 19-18 lead into the half.
Jones dished to Riley inside for two and put CHBC up one with 4:17 in the 3rd, 24-23. CHBC's Ashley Miller grabbed a blocked shot out of the air and threw the ball up while falling to the floor. It rimmed around and fell through for a 26-25 lead.
The Bulldogs had another run in them. They finished the 3rd with a 6-0 run and the Hornets were in a hole to start the 4th.
Jones drove with 6:16 to play in the game and was fouled. She made both shots, 31-28 Bulldogs. Kacie Hilt forced a tie-up at the Bulldog end and got CHBC the ball.
Jones posted up and beat two players with 5:35 to play, 31-30 Bulldogs. Paruleski had a near steal at the St. A end and forced a turnover.
St. Anthony stole the ball at the CHBC end, but stepped out of bounds. Jones got the ball to Paruleski, who drove and dished to Hilt for two and a CHBC lead, with 4:40 to play, 32-31.
Paruleski forced another Bulldog travel and then drove at the Hornet end and was fouled. She buried both free throws and CHBC was up 34-31 with 2:36 to play.
After another Bulldog miss, the Hornets decided to run some clock. They took it from 1:50 to 1:22, before Jones was fouled. She made one free throw, then St. Anthony called time-out. She made the second free throw to cap the 36-31 score.
St. Anthony had a minute to try to get something. St. Anthony missed, but Jones turned it over. St. Anthony missed again and Hilt grabbed the board.
Jones was fouled with 30 seconds left, but missed her shots. St. Anthony put up a 3-pointer, but missed again. The Bulldog press got a turnover. Another missed 3-pointer and a rebound foul put Hilt on the line with 8 seconds left and fouled out Melissa Bushur.
Hilt missed, but St. Anthony was out of time. They missed a final 3 and Jones grabbed the rebound to end the game.
It was a grueling defensive game and it took its toll on the players.
"We had good looks at the end, we just didn't make the shots, "said St. Anthony coach Bart Wiedman. "We were exhausted."
"Last night, we showed we could come back in the 3rd," said CHBC coach Carolyn Wendte. "Today we showed we can come back in the 4th. We won on heart and guts."
CHBC 36, St. Anthony 31
St. A 13-6-12-0--31
CHBC stats: Jones 13 (3 FGs, 7/11 FTs), Riley 8 (2 FGs, 4/5 FTs), Paruleski 4 (FG, 2/2 FTs), Herrmann 4 (2 FGs), Miller 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Morrison 2 (FG), Hilt 2 (FG). Team FGs 11. Team FTs 14-of-22.
St. A stats: Walsh 10 (5 FGs), Richards 8 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs), Nuxoll 6 (3 FGs), Niebrugge 4 (FG, 2/4 FTs), Bushur 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs). Team FGs 13. 3-pointers: 2 (Richards). Team FTs3-of-4
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