February 26-March 8
March 8, 2014By Amy Bellus of Concordia Academy Girls Basketball
The Beacons are coming off a big 52-46 win over the DeLaSalle Islanders to take third place in the Tri-Metro Conference Tournament last week. This game was close the whole way and came down to CA making some big defensive stops down the stretch to come away with the victory over the defending AAA state champs. Kristen Stude had a monster game, scoring 16 points on 5/6 shooting from the field and hitting on 5 of her 6 free throw attempts. Stude also managed 5 rebounds in the win. Michala Walther hit for 10 points and 6 rebounds, while ninth grader Anika Neuman chipped in 10 points as well. Clara Paul dished 3 assists and Jacquelyn Waedekin grabbed 3 steals in the win.
The Beacons also beat St. Paul Humboldt 60-36 in their final non-conference game of the year. CA dominated this one from start to finish behind 20 points off the bench from Neuman to go along with her 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Stude had a strong all-around game again, finishing with a dozen points, 6 boards and a tremendous 6 steals. Walther also hit for 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Waedekin added a tremendous spark with 5 assists and 6 steals.
Finally, the Beacons lost a 48-42 overtime heart-breaker to St. Anthony in the semifinals of the Tri-Metro Conference Tournament. The Huskies just seemed to have the Beacons’ number this year, winning both of their meetings. The Beacons fell behind mid-way through the first half and struggled to find their rhythm. However a furious defensive effort in the second half led to a Beacon rally to tie the game in the final seconds and send it to overtime. The Beacons just couldn’t hang on in the extra period and were denied an opportunity to play for the Tri-Metro Conference Tournament title. Walther (11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals) and Neuman (10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocked shots) were the only Beacons in double figures. Stude finished with 8 points, 6 boards and 3 steals. Megan Fallert pulled down an incredible 11 rebounds and Paul dished a team-high 3 assists.