SAC HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: Thursday’s roundup
Homestead’s reign of the SAC ended on Thursday afternoon.
Kathryn Knapke scored 24 points to propel Bishop Luers (10-4) to a 47-43 upset of the top-seeded Spartans.
Prior to Thursday, Homestead had not lost a single game to a league opponent since joining the SAC in 2015. Overall, the Spartans had won 46 straight games against SAC opponents before Thursday.
Sylare Starks led the Spartans (13-2) with 18 points, but a box-and-one defense held the junior in check for the majority of the second half.
SOUTH SIDE 71, BISHOP DWENGER 52: The Archers advanced to the semifinals and stayed undefeated with a blowout victory over the Saints.
Four players finished in double figures for South Side (13-0), led by Taniece Chapman’s 22 points. Shamari Tyson (17 points), Jaci Jones (14) and Alaya Chapman (11) also had good games offensively for the Archers.
Bishop Dwenger (7-5) committed 33 turnovers, many of which came due to the incessant defensive pressure of South Side.
Ellen Ross led Dwenger with 20 points and 12 rebounds, but most of her production came with the game already out of reach.
South Side advances to play Northrop in the second girls semifinal on Friday at 4:45 p.m.
NORTHROP 54, SNIDER 48: Alicia Tiney-Williams scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Bruins to the win.
Northrop (12-1) struggled to distance itself from the Panthers without leading scorer Bre Douglas. The senior sat out on Thursday but is expected to be available for Friday’s rematch with South Side.
Niomi Dube added 13 points, including a trio of threes, for Northrop.
Snider was led by Daleshia Davis with 23 points. Head coach Greg Friend returned to the sideline for the Panthers (8-7) after a one-game absence following an investigation into an accusation of assault by a player during a game at North Side a few weeks ago.
Hannah Barnes and Payton Gorman contributed 12 apiece for Snider.
SOUTH SIDE 67, SNIDER 64: Junior Mikale Stevenson scored a tournament-high 32 points — including 27 in the first half — to lead South Side to a victory.
Stevenson was unstoppable in the first half. He connected on 7-of-10 shots from three and went 6-of-7 from the line.
In the second half, Stevenson facilitated more and scored less, finding teammates for open buckets around the hoops.
Trejean Didier, South’s leading scorer, sat out the first half, but came off the bench to provide a spark for the Archers.
Snider had a chance at a tie in the closing seconds. After a missed free throw by the Archers, Dillon Duff grabbed the rebound and dribbled to half court before throwing up a desperation three. It clanged hard off the front of the rim.
Michael Eley led the Panthers (1-6) with 19 points, including 5-of-9 from three. Keondre Brown added 16 points.
South Side advances into Friday’s second boys semifinal, with tip scheduled for 8:15 p.m.
NORTH SIDE 75, CONCORDIA LUTHERAN 40: Junior Lucas Kroft erupted for 32 points as the Legends cruised into the semifinals.
As Concordia (2-5) focused on limiting Keion Brooks Jr., Kroft hit his first five shots from the field, including a trio of threes, to get off to the hot start.
Brooks Jr. went for 14 points in the win on an effective 6-of-9 from the field.
Austin Boucher finished with seven points, eight rebounds and 10 assists for North Side (8-3), one game removed from sitting out due to a shoulder injury.
Concordia was led by Jadon Dance, who scored nine points off the bench.
North Side will take on Homestead (4-4) at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
WAYNE 53, BISHOP DWENGER 37: Dillon Redding went for 14 points and Craig Young added 12 as the Generals advanced to Friday’s semis.
Wayne was held to just 15 first-half points, but still held a two-point advantage at the break. The Generals (5-2) were able to speed the game up in the second half, forcing the Saints (5-3) to play their game.
Freshman Brenden Lytle led Dwenger with 8 points, while junior Hayden Smithey added seven.