By Lenny Sementi
In a battle of the remaining two unbeatens in the Central Illinois Conference Tuscola’s girls’ basketball team under the tutelage of head coach Tim Kohlbecker came out unscathed. Coach K. leaned on a huge night on the offensive end by Emma Henderson to stay in the driver’s seat for the regular season CIC crown.
The senior leader scored a dominating 25 points in the contest on 8 of 15 from the floor and a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line. She posted an impressive stat line donating five rebounds, five steals, and four assists to the cause. Twelve of her points, that included a pair of threes, came in the first quarter alone outscoring the Lady Bulldogs on their own floor by four helping Coach K’s crew to an 11-point lead at the first buzzer 19-8.
Offense was tough to come by in the second frame as the two teams settled in combining for just 11 points total. Henderson and Cassie Russo each had a bucket but were the only two Warriors to score in the period. St. Teresa managed just seven points itself allowing the Warriors to enter the break still on top despite the offensive woes 23-15.
Henderson found her way to the line early in the third quarter, hit a three midway through the frame, and finished off a one and one scoring seven points. That however is all the Warriors could muster in the period. St T. on the other hand saw six different players score in the stanza cutting the lead to just five 30-25 entering the fourth.
Grace Dietrich led the way early in the final stanza with a pair of threes while the Russo sisters Lexie and Cassie did some damage down low keeping the Bulldogs at bay. Henderson held the ball late and found her way to the free throw line twice hitting all four attempts to end any threat of a come back keeping the Warriors unbeaten in the league. L. Russo led all with nine rebounds to her credit in the game while big sister Cassie added seven rebounds to her season stat sheet as Tuscola moved to 14-5 on the season.