The Varsity Lady Bearcats made their statement early — and often — Friday night in defending their home court and convincingly claiming the Championship of the Hermann Invitational Girls Tournament.
Head Coach Todd Anderson saw four of his players score in double figures to lead the team to a 68-52 victory over the St. Clair Lady Bulldogs.
Pacing the home team was junior guard Allison Stiers with 14 points — which pushed her over the 1,000-point mark of her high school career. Senior Brooke Grosse and junior Emma Godat each added 12 and senior Tess Schannuth contributed 10 points.
Other Lady Bearcats breaking into the scoring column were junior Caraline Brune wtih 8, sophomore Quincy Erickson with 7, sophomore Megan Schneider and freshman Grace Winkelmann with 2 each and Elly Krueger with 1.
Hermann set the tone of the contest at the outset, scoring 24 points in the 1st quarter while holding St. Clair to only 10. In that opening frame, the Lady Bearcats connected on 5 3-point shots — including three by Grosse.
The Hermann defense against St. Clair prompted some fans to wonder if the top-seeded Lady Bulldogs’ 100-point output in the opening round against Wright Citywas only a fluke.
The Lady Bearcats, holding the 2nd seed in the tourney, built their lead to 40-23 by the halftime buzzer.
Along with connecting on 8 3-point buckets in the game, Hermann was sent to the free-throw line 29 times with 22 of those shots dropping in.
Hermann committed only 13 fouls on the night, but they did turn over the ball 15 times.
The three wins in the tournament pushes the Varsity Lady ‘Cats’ season mark to 16-3.
Regular-season resumed last night for the Varsity and JV ladies on their home court as part of a doubleheader with the Hermann boys’ teams.
The Lady Bearcats hosted Silex last night.