The Trinity St. Johns/Immanuel Lutheran girls basketball team, took second place this past week in the Pinckneyville 204 Tournament. The Titans defeated Steeleville and Pinckneyville 204 before falling to Albers/Damiansville in the championship game.
The Titans began the tournament with a close 26-24 win over Pinckneyville 204. Pinckneyville took and early 7-4 lead after the first quarter, and took a five point lead into halftime. The Titans came alive after the break, as they chipped away at the Pinckneyville lead. After being down at half, the Titans went into the fourth down by just one point. In the fourth, the Titans were able to take the lead, and hold on, as they came away with a two point victory.
Cayla Krueger led the Titans with seven points, followed by Madisyn Wienstroer and Katie May who finished with six points apiece in the win. Halle Rueter added four points, and Megan Rennegarbe had three points to round out the scoring.
The Titans next matchup was up against Steeleville. TSJ/ILS took an early lead, an held on late for a 33-28 victory. TSJ/ILS jumped out to a 13-6 lead after the first quarter, but Steeleville would make a run in the second, as they cut the Titans lead to just three going into the second half. In the third, the Titans were able to extend their lead back up to seven going into the final quarter of play. Steeleville made a run in the fourth, but TSJ/ILS held on for a five point victory.
May led TSJ/ILS with 16 points, followed by Wienstroer with eight points. Krueger added four points, followed by Rueter with three points, and Rennegarbe with two points.
The Titans then moved into the championship game against the Albers/Damiansville Cougars. TSJ/ILS rushed out to a five point lead after the first, but were held scoreless in the second quarter. The Cougars outscored the Titans 8-0 in the second, to take a three point lead into halftime. In the third, Albers/Damiansville continued to build their lead, as they went into the fourth with a 10 point lead. In the fourth, TSJ/ILS could not come all the way back, as Albers/Damiansville took the game 31-22.
Rueter and May tied for the team lead with six points apiece, followed by Rennergarbe and Wienstroer who each had four points. Krueger finished with two points.
Both May and Wienstroer each was named to the all-tournament team.