Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City Drops Third Place Game In State Class 1A Tournament
Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City all-state center Micah Jones had nine points and 10 rebounds by halftime. The Hornets were up 32-31 when Jones injured her leg early in the fourth quarter. She left the game and returned three minutes later, but by then Annawan was up 39-32. Jones finished with 13 points and 21 rebounds.
The Bravettes (30-3) forced the Hornets into 21 turnovers while committing only nine. Maddie Jackson scored 16 for Annawan. Eva Paruleski scored 12 and grabbed seven rebounds for the Hornets (26-7).
In the championship game, Sophie Brunner scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Freeport Aquin to a 55-46 win over Mount Pulaski for its second consecutive Class 1A title in Illinois high school girls' basketball. Brunner was 12 of 15 from the field and hit 9 of 15 free throws. Her seven points late in the game helped hold off the Toppers. Elayna Erdmier added 11 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (31-3).
The Toppers (29-5) bolted to an early 14-7 lead but Aquin used an 18-7 second-quarter run to grab a lead it never relinquished. Jessica Awe scored 19, grabbed six rebounds and handed out three assists for Mount Pulaski, Erika Leever added 11 points and six assists for the Toppers.
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