Benet Academy is no stranger to the pressure of playing at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University. The Lady Redwings won the 2015 4A state championship. With a few new pieces to the puzzle, head coach Joe Kilbride brought Benet Academy back to the title game a year later after a dominating performance in the state semifinals against Trinity High School.
After the first TV timeout of the game, the Redwings jumped out to a 10-1 run to take a 17-10 lead after the first quarter. Blazers made a run of their own in the second, getting the lead down to five midway through the second. But Ms. Basketball candidate Kathleen Doyle would have none of it, going to the rim and scoring two of her 11 first half points as the Redwings went into the break up 26-18.
The guard play of Doyle and Elise Stout proved to be too much for Trinity in the third, as the duo went on 7-0 run of their own, extending the lead to 44-31 after three. The backcourt tandem combined for 44 points in the win. The Redwings will meet Fremd in a for the 4A Girls Basketball State Championship.
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