By Brent Huelsmann
The TSJ/ILS Lady Titans finished second in the Holy Cross seventh grade tournament. The Lady Titans defeated Unity and Red Bud in the tournament, before falling to Belleville Zion in the championship game. The tournament was held January 4 through January 8.
The Lady Titans first game of the tournament was a blowout 39-4 win over Unity on January 4. The Lady Titans held Unity scoreless through three quarters, and easily took the game. The Lady Titans led 10-0 at the end of the first, 21-0 at halftime, and 33-0 at the end of three.
Halle Rueter led TSJ/ILS with 10 points in the game. Madisyn Wienstroer finished with six points, while Megan Rennegarbe finished with five points. Kyley Kwiatkowski, Kris May, and Raelyn Obermeier each scored four points apiece, while Mallory Bening, Hanna Niedbalski, and Dylan Benson each scored two points in the win.
The Lady Titans were back in action on January 7 as they took on Red Bud. TSJ/ILS got off to a fast start and never looked back as they defeated Red Bud 32-10. The Lady Titans outscored Red Bud 12-2 in the first, and held a 14-7 lead at halftime. In the third, the Lady Titans put the game away for good, as they outscored Red Bud 12-0. In the fourth, the Lady Titans crusied to a victory.
Wienstroer led TSJ/ILS with 14 points followed by Rueter with eight points. Rennegarbe and Obermeier each scored four points, and Bening rounded out the scoring with two points.
The Lady Titans then advanced to the Championship game against Belleville Zion. A close game throughout, Belleville Zion pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 31-23 victory. The Lady Titans held the early advantage as they led 6-4 at the end of the first. In the second, Belleville Zion outscored the Lady Titans 9-4 to take a 13-10 lead into halftime. After halftime, the Lady Titans would grab the lead back as TSJ/ILS outscored Belleville Zion 9-4 and held a slim two point lead going into the fourth. In the fourth, Belleville Zion took the lead and pulled away for the eight point win.
Rueter and Rennegarbe each scored six points to lead the Lady Titans. Wienstroer scored five points followed by Obermeier with four points. Niedbalski scored two points in the loss.