The class 4a third place game features Benet Academy coming off a ten point loss to Mother McAuley and Hononegah, who was blown out by eventual 4A state champion Maine West in the semi finals.
The Redwings must account for Marquette recruit Jordan King who scored 2/3rds of her team’s points the night before. Benet junior Kendall Holmes was named 2nd team all state this weekend by the A.P while Brooke Schramek was named an honorable mention.
Benet with great ball movement early, Clara Prasse hits Ashley Konkle, who feeds a cutting Brooke Schramek for the easy layup.
Next time down the floor and Clara Prasse with a nice find to Konkle who makes the open layup behind the Hononegah defense, 4-0 Benet.
Redwings rolling in the first three minutes, Brooke Schramek knocks down the corner triple, Hono needs a time out down 7-0.
BA stays red hot as Ashley Berry finds Kendall Moriarty who nails the three, 12-0 Benet looking to run away early.
More Redwing offense as Kendall Holmes with the strong drive and layup for two, 14-3 Benet in the 2nd quarter.
But Hononegah turns to its seniors to get back into the game as Jordan King hits her first basket from the corner, cutting the lead to 8.
Benet gets a little sloppy with the ball, Julia Burns gets the steal and can’t get the layup, but the rebound eventually finds Cali Schmitz who rattles home the three and suddenly the lead is down to 14-8.
Benet struggling with the pressure as Clara Prasse’s pass is stolen by Cali Schmitz who drives in for the layup, an 11-0 run puts Hononegah in front 15-14.
Near the end of the half, Marissa Kershner springs open and hits back-to-back threes. Hononegah with a 23-22 lead heading into halftime.
Early in the 2nd half and Brooke Schramek with a tough layup and the foul, Benet goes back in front 25-23 after the and one.
More from Jordan King, she buries her second triple to give Hononegah a three point lead. 15 in the game for the senior.
Midway through the third, nobody picks up Julia Burns in transition, which leads to a wide open look. The junior only shoots 25% from three but she’s perfect on this one, Hononegah up by 9!
Early in the 4th, Benet gets the offense going, Prasse finds Lauren Stack on the inbounds play and the senior hits a huge three to cut the deficit to 4.
Next time down the floor, Kendall Moriarty drives and dishes to Ashley Konkle who bobbles the ball, but collects and cuts the lead to 39-37 with the layup with 5 minutes to play.
41-39 Hononegah now under a minute left, Hono struggling to get the ball in bounds and a five second violation is called, Benet with a chance to tie or take the lead.
30 seconds left, Lauren Stack kicks it out to Clara Prasse who unleashes a shot from beyond NBA range but it’s a little short, Jordan King gets the rebound and hits both free throws to ice the game. Benet falls 43-39 and ends the year at 28-7. Hononegah finishes 33-5 and brings home its first ever state trophy.