The Lady Titans defeated Zion Litchfield in the Championship game to earn the first place trophy. Back Row: Savannah Borrenpohl, Mallory Bening, Kris May, Cheyenne Boester, Hanna Niedbalski, and Nora Wood. Front Row: Kyley Kwiatkoski, Keeghan Renth, Megan Rennegarbe, Halle Rueter, Raelyn Obermeier, and Lauren Rapp.
By Brent Huelsmann
The TSJ/ILS Lady Titans is in the midst of a great stretch, as they went 5-0, with three wins coming in the 2017 All Lutheran Girls Basketball Tournament, which was held at TSJ Lutheran School Gymnasium from November 16-18. The Lady Titans defeated Trinity Hoffman, and Trinity Centralia before turning their attention to the tournament where they defeated East St. Louis Unity, St. John’s Red Bud, and Zion Litchfield on their way to the tournament championship.
The Lady Titans started the week off with a road win over Trinity Hoffman on November 13. TSJ/ILS started off quick on their way to a 42-20 win over the Eagles. The Lady Titans outscored Trinity Hoffman 15-0 in the first quarter, and was off to the races. The Lady Titans extended their lead to 28-2 at halftime, and cruised to an easy win in the second half.
Megan Rennegarbe led the way with 14 points in the win. Halle Rueter added 13 points, followed by Cheyenne Boester with nine points. Raelyn Obermeier scored four points in the win, while Hanna Niedbalski scored two points for TSJ/ILS.
The Lady Titans were back in action on November 14, as they defeated Trinity Centralia 44-21. TSJ/ILS again got off to a fast start, as the Lady Titans outscored Trinity Centralia 20-4 in the first quarter, and 36-4 in the first half overall. In the second half, Trinity Centralia could not make the comeback as TSJ/ILS went on for the 44-21 win.
Rueter led the way with 18 points in the win, followed by Rennegarbe with 11. Boester scored six points while Obermeier added five points. Lauren Rapp and Niedbalski rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
TSJ/ILS then began play in the 2017 All Lutheran Girls Basketball Tournament. The Lady Titans came away with the tournament championship after defeating East St. Louis Unity, St. John’s Red Bud, and Zion Litchfield. Rennegarbe and Rueter were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Lady Titans began the tournament with a 39-8 win over the East St. Louis Unity Golden Eagles on November 16. TSJ/ILS took control in the first, as they shut out the competition. The Lady Titans took a 19-0 lead after one quarter of play, and that was all they needed. The Lady Titans led 23-6 at halftime, and 33-6 after three quarters of play. In the fourth, TSJ/ILS cruised to the 39-8 win.
The Lady Titans had two players in double figures in the win. Rennegarbe led the way with 13 points, followed by Rueter with 10 points. Boester added six points, while Rapp and Obermeier each chipped in four points. Kris May rounded out the scoring with two points.
TSJ/ILS played their second game of the tournament on Saturday November 18 against St. John’s Red Bud. The Lady Titans used a big first half to take the 53-28 win and move to the championship game. TSJ/ILS took a 16-4 lead in the first quarter, and a 36-14 lead at the break. After halftime, TSJ/ILS kept the Lady Cougars at bay to take the 53-28 win.
Rennegarbe led the way with 23 points in the win, followed by Rueter with 11 points. Boester was also in double figures with 10 points for TSJ/ILS. Obermeier scored three points, and Kyley Kwiatkowski, May, and Niedbalski all scored two points apiece in the win.
That set up the championship between TSJ/ILS and Zion Litchfield. TSJ/ILS scored early and often as they defeated the Flyers 44-12. TSJ/ILS took control as they outscored the Flyers 22-0 in the first quarter. It was never close from there, as the Lady Titans led 32-7 at half and 44-7 after three. In the fourth, TSJ/ILS did not score, but took the win, and the championship.
Rennegarbe led the way with 17 points. Rueter was also in double figures with 12 points in the win. Boester scored eight points, while May added four points. Obermeier rounded out the scoring with three points.