IHSA Sectional Champions 2014

St. Thomas More advanced to the Super-Sectional of IHSA tournament tonight for the 3rd year in a row defeating Bloomington Central Catholic for the second time this year 79-55.  The Sabers hampered with foul trouble & turnovers in the 1st half took a 30-22 lead into halftime, but came out and opened the game up with a 31-14 3rd quarter with Liz Bristow scoring 15 points in the quarter to secure the victory.

Lexi Wallen had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Tori McCoy had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Liz Bristow had 21 and 10 rebounds going 9-12 from the FT line.  Randa Harshbarger had 6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 steals.

The Saints were led by Caroline Holt with 20 points, Molly McGraw with 15, and Leah Mason with 10 as they were 17-26 from the FT line (Sabers were 20-29).

STM (30-2) will head to Millikan University on Monday night to face Riverton at 7pm in the Super-Sectional.

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Newspaper Link – News-Gazette –  http://www.news-gazette.com/sports/prep-sports/girls-basketball/2014-02-20/stm-girls-reach-elite-eight-%E2%80%94%C2%A0again.html

STM girls reach Elite Eight — again

Thu, 02/20/2014 – 11:21pm | Fred Kroner

CLINTON — It was a girls’ basketball game between two parochial high schools.

For St. Thomas More coach Chris Mennig, it was really much more.

“They are the mountain for me,” Mennig said. “What Debbie (Kessinger Coffman) has been able to build has been the goal for us since the moment I set foot on the STM campus.”

Coffman’s Bloomington Central Catholic squads have won at least 20 games in 13 of the last 14 seasons and reached consecutive state championship games in 2010 and 2011.

Mennig’s Sabers are seeking their second consecutive title-game appearance in 2A.

A strong second half Thursday night enabled the Sabers (30-2) to advance into the Elite Eight with a 79-56 sectional-championship triumph against the Saints (21-9).

“I was more nervous than the kids,” Mennig said. “I was nervous for the jersey they were wearing, knowing the long-standing history of that program and for us being on the other side of the scoreboard for so long.”

Liz Bristow helped STM expand a 30-22 halftime lead into a 61-36 margin after three quarters. The teams were tied at 12 in the second quarter.

Bristow scored 15 of her 21 points in the third period. She also had 10 rebounds. Two other Sabers had double-doubles.

Lexi Wallen had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Tori McCoy had 21 points and 16 rebounds. Bristow hit 9 of 12 free throws.

“We’ve talked from the beginning about rising to the occasion, embracing the moment and not being afraid of the moment,” Mennig said. “They’ve done everything I’ve asked of them. Our focus and intensity in the third quarter really shined through.”

St. Thomas More will face Riverton at 7 p.m. Monday in the Decatur Super-Sectional at Millikin University.

“Hopefully, Monday we can finish it off and put ourselves back where we were last year,” Mennig said.

Randa Harshbarger had team-high totals of six steals (five in the second half) and five assists. The senior point guard scored six points.

Mennig has special plans for Friday. “Film and pizza,” he said. “Saturday we’ll get back in the gym.”

Newspaper Link – The Pantagraph – http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/high-school/basketball/girls/top-ranked-st-thomas-more-downs-central-catholic/article_179dfaf5-9263-58b6-91df-89352d288a33.html

Top-ranked St. Thomas More downs Central Catholic

CLINTON — Champaign St. Thomas More basketball coach Chris Mennig said he never brings his team out of the locker room to warm up for the second half.

For whatever reason, the No. 1-ranked Sabers definitely seemed to have plenty of energy against Central Catholic High School to start the third quarter in Thursday’s Class 2A Clinton Sectional championship game.

St. Thomas More scored 31 points in the third quarter to bust the game open and go on to a 79-55 victory over the Saints.

“I really thought we gave up a lot of rebounds (in the third quarter),” said Central Catholic coach Debbie Coffman, whose team had only one rebound in the period. “They’re a very good team and very aggressive. They’ve won a lot of ball games (against) 3A and 4A teams with their talent and size. We don’t have anyone bigger than 5-10, but at halftime we were right where we wanted to be.”

St. Thomas More (30-2) received 21 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots from its 6-foot-4 sophomore standout Tori McCoy, who battled foul trouble most of the game and was shuffled in and out of the lineup.

The Saints (21-9) were led by Caroline Holt’s 20 points in her final game. The Saints’ other seniors, Molly McGraw and Leah Mason, each scored 10 points.

“Those three seniors have played for me for four years and I’m very proud of them,” said Coffman. “It’s always hard their last year. They’re a very athletic group who have given four years of basketball and I’ve appreciated every minute of them.”

St. Thomas More jumped out to a quick 16-4 lead. McCoy picked up her second foul early in the second quarter and played little the rest of the half as the Saints closed the gap to 30-22.

The Sabres outscored Central Catholic, 13-1, to begin the third quarter. Juniors Alexa Wallen (24 points) and Liz Bristow (19 points) took it inside the Saints’ defense with McCoy on the bench much of the third quarter as St. Thomas More seized a 61-36 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

“We made our adjustments like we always try to (at halftime). You never know either way,” said Mennig. “I thought our kids responded really well. Obviously it was game management for us with the foul situation. It was nice to see our maturity and understanding why we do it and not get frustrated and try to still execute in those short bursts.”

The Saints didn’t use their trademark fullcourt press for a simple reason.

“We tried to press them the first time and it didn’t (work),” said Coffman, referring to a 70-37 loss to the Sabres on Jan. 11. “It was the right thing. We had to take it off against Clinton and were successful there.”

Mennig said despite the outcome of the first game he was “scared” because of the history of the Saints’ program. He also knew what a difficult week it was for Coffman, whose brother, Mark Kessinger of El Paso, died on Tuesday.

“My heart goes out to Deb and her family and what they’ve had to go through this week,” said Mennig. “There is no one in downstate basketball that has more respect for BCC than I do. They were the benchmark for myself and our program from the moment I set foot in Champaign with them.”

St. Thomas More will meet Riverton in Monday’s Decatur Super-Sectional at Millikin.

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