Facing a familiar foe, the Hermann Varsity Lady Bearcats Saturday night mounted a balanced offensive attack, played solid defense and claimed the Championship trophy of the Montgomery County Invitational Girls Tournament.
After a 9-9 first-quarter stalemate, Head Coach Todd Anderson’s 2nd seeded Lady Bearcats caught fire and posted double-digit scoring the rest of the game to claim a 52-43 win over the top-seeded New Haven Lady Shamrocks.
Junior guard Allison Stiers continued her up-tempo style of play, one of three ‘Cats to score in double figures with 15.
Sophomore forward Quincy Erickson also had 15 points on the night while senior forward Brooke Grosse posted 12 points.
Stiers’ level of play in the three games of the tourney earned her the Most Valuable Player Award for this year’s Montgomery Tournament.
In the title game, along with her 15 points, Stiers collected 5 of the Bearcats’ 7 steals on the night and recorded 5 assists. She also had a 6-for-8 night at the free-throw line.
The other Lady ‘Cats breaking into the scoring column were senior Tess Schannuth with 5; junior Caraline Brune with 3; and junior Megan Schneider with 2.
New Haven had two players scoring in double figures — seniors Lauren Gerlemann with 14 and Emily Scheer with 11.
Other Lady Shamrocks scoring were senior Emma Engelbrecht with 7; senior Kate Ruediger with 6; junior Makenzie Munsinger with 3; and senior Mackenzie Bauer with 2.
To get to the Championship match, the Lady Bearcats had to get past the Clopton Lady Hawks. Clopton came into the tournament as the 3rd seed.
That game turned into a rout early as Hermann put up 16 points in the first quarter while holding Clopton to only 4 points.
The Lady Bearcats also shut out the 3rd-seeded team in the third quarter. Clopton avoided such an embarrassment by knocking down one field goal. By that time, Hermann had amassed a 54-12 lead going into the final frame.
The Lady Bearcats won that semi-final contest 62-21.
Stiers was the games high scorer with 17 points, hitting on four 3-pointers, all in the third quarter. She pulled down 10 rebounds.
Grosse registered 12 points, collected a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers.
Erickson posted 10 points and pulled down 7 rebounds on the night.
Other Lady ‘Cats adding to their scoring totals were junior Emma Godat with 7; Brune and Schannuth with 6 each; and Schneider with 4.
The Varsity Lady Bearcats came out of the Montgomery County Tournament with a season mark of 4-0. They were on the road last night at St. Francis Borgia and on Friday they will be home to take on Rolla as part of the annual Bearcats-Lady Bearcats doubleheader.