The St. Louis School seventh- and eighth-grade Lady Cardinals hosted their eighth annual SLS basketball invitational Feb. 22.

The eighth-grade team became the champs for the second year in a row. The Lady Cardinals first defeated Milan with a final score of 33-14. Scoring for SLS were Kate Weber, 11; Rhea Miller, 8; Claire Saner, 7; Catherine Streator, 5; and Lea Cossentino, 2. “These girls played well together and got the job done,” pointed out coach Erin Trenkamp.

The championship game was SLS vs. South Decatur. After another great team effort, that game ended with a final score of 39-21. Scoring for the home team were Weber, 12; Saner, 11; Streator, 8; Miller, Ava Owens, Iza Wonnell and Sadie Wachsmann, 2 each.

The seventh-grade girls came in fourth overall after playing two very close games. The first was against Milan with an ending score of 23-24. Lucy Abplanalp’s baskets added up to 21 points and Kenzie Maple contributed 2. “All these girls worked very hard in every aspect to make this game close. Time just wasn’t in our favor,” according to Trenkamp.

The second consolation game against St. Bart was “a very tough fought game” with the Lady Cardinals losing 21-27. Players who scored: Abplanalp, 13; Maple, 6; and Paige Watters, 2.

VS. SDMS

St. Louis School basketball teams hosted Sunman-Dearborn Middle School Feb. 24. “It was also our eighth-grade night as it was their last home game on this court prior to high school,” said the coach.

The older Lady Cards beat SDMS 56-15. Scoring for SLS on their final game were Streator, 12; Weber, 9; Saner and Wonnell, 6; Miller, 5; Cossentino, Owens and Lilly Schebler, 4 each; Wachsmann and Madison Wanstrath, 3 each. Trenkamp’s reaction? “What a great way to have an eighth-grade night with all girls scoring and working as a team on their home court one last time. Nice job, ladies, and way to represent SLS.”

The seventh-graders fell to the visitors 10-30. “We played hard, but struggled breaking the press of SDMS,” explained the coach. “We gave great efforts under the basket with boxing out and putting up several shots. They just didn’t fall for us.” Abplanalp and Maple made 6 and 4 points, respectively.

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