By Brent Huelsmann
The TSJ/ILS Lady Titans continued their hot start to the season with a third place finish in the Pinckneyville 204 Tournament. The Lady Titans defeated Trico and Pinckneyville Jr. High in the tournament and fell to Albers. TSJ/ILS has a record of 4-1 on the season.
The Lady Titans began the tournament with a huge 38-13 win over Trico on October 13. TSJ/ILS jumped out to a huge lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Lady Titans outscored Trico 14-0 in the first quarter, and held a 27-3 halftime lead. After the break, Trico could not make a comeback as the Lady Titans cruised to a 38-13 win.
Halle Rueter led the way with 18 points, followed by Megan Rennegarbe with eight points. Raelyn Obermeier finished with seven points, while Cheyenne Boester and Lauren Rapp each added two points. Kris May rounded out the scoring with one point.
TSJ/ILS dropped their second game of the tournament to Albers on October 31. The Lady Titans fell behind early and could not make a comeback as Albers took the 38-19 win. Albers outscored TSJ/ILS 14-2 in the first quarter, and held a 21-9 halftime lead. After the break, TSJ/ILS chipped away and outscored Albers 5-4 in the third, but Albest put the game away for good in the fourth to take the game 38-19.
The Lady Titans finished with just three players scoring in the game. Rueter led the team with nine points, followed by Rennegarbe with eight points. Boester scored two points in the loss.
TSJ/ILS finished out the tournament with a close 34-33 win over Pinckneyville Jr. High. The Lady Titans held a narrow 10-8 lead after the first quarter, and maintained a two point lead at halftime. After the break, Pinckneyville Jr. High grabbed the lead as they outscored the Lady Titans 8-2 in the third to take a 28-22 lead into the final stanza. In the fourth, the Lady Titans were able to make the comeback and hold on for a one point victory.
Rueter and Rennegarbe each had ten points to lead the Lady Titans in the win. Obermeier added six points, followed by Boester with four points. May and Niedbalski each had two points in the win.