To tip off the 27th Annual First State Community Bank Holiday Classic on Sunday at the Show Me Center, the three-time reigning tournament champions Notre Dame showcased its dominance.
The No. 1 seeded Bulldogs (5-0) faced off against No. 4 Oran (3-2) and took a comfortable 13-point, 29-16 lead at halftime.
Leading Notre Dame in scoring at the break was 6-foot freshman sensation Kate Rubel as she put up 10 of her 12 points in the first half to lead all scorers.
Rubel and the rest of the Bulldogs starters sat for the majority of the fourth quarter, though, after Notre Dame outscored the Eagles 18-0 in the third. Taking over the game in the second half was none other than 6-1 senior guard Tori Rubel, who produced nine points during the run and hit a buzzer-beating, turnaround 3-pointer right before the start of the fourth.
Tori Rubel ended up recording her first double-double of the season in the 30-point, 49-19 win over Oran as she finished the contest with a game-high 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tori also dished out three assists and came up with two steals.
Half of Kate Rubel’s 12 points came at the free-throw line as she went 6-for-7 at the charity stripe, while also recording four boards, one steal and one assist.
While Tori and Kate Rubel combined for 25 of the Bulldogs 49 points, senior guard Anna Garner finished right below double digits with nine points of her own. Garner also recorded a game-high five steals and also had two assists.
Pacing Garner in both scoring and takeaways was 5-9 freshman guard Brie Rubel, who had six points (one 3-pointer), two steals and tied Anna in assists with two. Notre Dame 6-2 freshman post Nevaeh Lucious produced five points and five rebounds along with three assists and one block.
Notre Dame’s final four points came from 5-11 sophomore post Eliza Barnette off the bench. She also recorded the fourth-most rebounds with three for the Bulldogs.
Also picking up a marginal win on day one of the Holiday Classic was No. 3 seed Jackson (5-2) as the Indians took on No. 6 Woodland (2-7) for the final game of the evening.
While it was a close game to start as Jackson only held a 17-11 lead over the Cardinals following the first quarter, the Indians jumped out to a 36-16 to lead by 20 points at halftime.
While playing several different rotations, Jackson kept around a 15-point lead for the remainder of the third and ended up winning by 25 with a final score of 61-36.
Leading the Indians in scoring, of course, was 5-11 senior guard Katie Waller as she had 13 points and knocked down two 3s in the game. Waller scored all of her points in the first half as she rested for a fair amount in the third and fourth quarters.
Finishing second and third behind Katie in scoring to combine for 17 points was the duo of 5-7 junior guard Camryn Alsdorf and 5-11 senior post Aubrey Brothers with nine and eight, respectively. The Indians 5-5 senior guard Maci Wendel had six points in the win, while 5-5 sophomore guard Lillie Cole knocked down two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to score six off the bench.
Scoring five points was Jackson’s 5-7 point guard Holland Guilliams, who is arguably the biggest key to the Indians offense with how she distributes the ball and creates scoring opportunities for not only herself, but her teammates as well. Guilliams is also a standout defensively for Jackson.
As for No. 5 seed Saxony Lutheran (2-4), it fell to No. 2 Delta (8-0) by 16 points at 59-43. However, the Crusaders and Bobcats were tied 15-all after the first quarter and Saxony only trailed Delta by three points, 32-29, at halftime. This was also the Bobcats lowest scoring total of the season by 18 points.
The Crusaders 5-8 junior guard Becca Johnson led her team in scoring with nine points (two 3s) as 6-1 junior post Evie Caruso paced her with eight.
The final day of the Holiday Classic is scheduled for tomorrow with the fifth-place game at 9 a.m., third place at 10:30 a.m. and the championship game will be played at Noon.