CLINTON — The ninth-ranked Prince of Peace Irish girls basketball team opened the season with a 39-30 win over the Preston Trojans in the first round of the annual traveling Holiday Tournament at Central Catholic Auditorium Friday night.

“The kids played hard,” Irish coach Dave Nelson said. “That’s what we’re looking for. The kids played with energy. There were just too many mistakes that we need to cut out.

“There were period of time when we looked goo, and there were periods of time when we looked like a .500 team.”

Prince of Peace advances to the championship game against rival Bellevue Marquette, which cruised past Southwestern of Hazel Green, Wis., 54-27 Friday.

Today’s tourney action will be at Southwestern, which meets Preston in the consolation game at 1 p.m., with the championship to follow at approximately 2:30.

The Irish trailed just twice, both instances in the opening minutes.

The Trojans, who opened the season Tuesday with a 46-42 win over Bellevue, scored first as senior starter Kate Kelly hit a bucket from the right wing.

Prince of Peace went in front 3-2 on a bucket by junior starter Lauren Ryan, who scored nine of her team-high 13 points in the first half, and a free throw by senior starter Tori Isenhour, who had eight points.

Preston went ahead 4-3 on a driving bucket by senior starter Whitney Andersen, who netted a team-high 13 points, with 4:44 left in the first quarter.

Prince of Peace’s pressure defense ruled the rest of the first half as the Irish used a 19-4 to build a 22-8 advantage.

The Irish went up 9-4 on a bucket from the left wing by Isenhour, a fast-break hoop by sophomore starter Brooke Craig, who had 10 points, off a steal and assist by freshman starter Colleen Ryan and a steal and bucket by Lauren Ryan.

After a bucket by Preston sophomore starter Tiffany Bormann, who was held to just one field goal and five points after pouring in 24 in the Trojans’ opener, Prince of Peace went up 13-6 to end the opening quarter, getting a another bucket from Lauren Ryan and a steal and bucket by Craig.

The Irish continued to pull away in the second quarter. Colleen Ryan hit a bucket and freshman Megan Lehmkuhl put down a fast-break bucket to make it 17-6.

Preston was unable to score in the quarter until senior starter Jenna Yaddof (7 points) knocked down a shot with 42 seconds left in the period.

Freshman Rachel Ryan drained a long two-pointer from out top before a 3-pointer from the top of the key by her older sister Lauren with 15 seconds left in the half made it 22-8.

Andersen was fouled with just 0.6 seconds in the clock and knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 22-10 at the half.

The Trojans scored the first five points of the second half to make it a seven-point game. First, Yaddof hit a 3-pointer from the left wing.

Almost three minutes later Andersen, who scored nine points in the second half, scored off a steal, making it 22-15 with 4:18 left in the third quarter.

That was as close as Preston would get.

Prince of Peace responded with an 8-2 flurry to go up 30-17 with just over a minute left in the period. Craig ignited the burst with a three-point play off a steal.

After a hoop by Yaddof, Craig knocked down a 3-pointer, then Irish junior Kimberly Bertram scored on a fast break.

Andersen hit a driving bucket before a field goal by Isenhour. Trojan junior Lauryn Camp hit one of two free throws with 1.3 seconds left in the quarter to make it 32-20 heading to the final frame.

Lauren Ryan hit a shot from the right wing to open the fourth-quarter scoring. Andersen knocked down a 3-pointer from the right corner and Bormann made one of two free throws to make it 34-24 with 4:57 remaining.

After Isenhour hit one of two free throws Andersen drove for another bucket. Isenhour’s rebound putback of her own miss made it 37-26 with 3:40 to play.

Kelly hit a shot with 3:05 left to make it a nine-point game. Neither team could score again until Lauren Ryan hit two free throws with just 34 seconds remaining.

Bormann hit two free throws with 19 seconds left to close out the scoring.

Score by Quarters

Preston 6 4 10 10 — 30

Prince of Peace 13 9 10 7 — 39



Kate Kelly 2 0-3 4, Whitney Andersen 5 2-2 13, Tiffany Bormann 1 3-6 5, Jenna Yaddof 3 0-0 7, Erica Krogman 0 0-0 0, Lauryn Camp 0 1-2 1, Brook Tebbe 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 6-13 30.


Colleen Ryan 1 0-0 2, Brooke Craig 4 1-2 10, Tori Isenhour 3 2-4 8, Lauren Ryan 5 2-2 13, Alyssa Kenney 0 0-0 0, Katie Flood 0 0-1 0, Megan Lehmkuhl 1 0-0 2, Kimberly Bertram 1 0-0 2, Rachel Ryan 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 5-9 39.

3-point goals—Preston 2 (Andersen, Yaddof); POP 2 (Craig, L. Ryan). Total fouls—Preston 14, POP 17.

Records—Preston 0-1, Prince of Peace 1-0. Next games—At Holiday Tournament, Southwestern (Hazel Green, Wis.), today: Preston vs. Southwestern, consolation, 1 p.m.; Prince of Peace vs. Marquette, championship, 2:30 p.m.

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