Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carlyle Downs Breese Central a Third Time for 27-0 Mark

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carlyle Downs Breese Central a Third Time for 27-0 Mark

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For the third time this season, Carlyle High Lbeat Breese Central. This time it was 67-45 in the regional finals of the Illinois Class A tournament Friday night at Breese Central.

The Lady Indians, ranked No. 1 in the Post-Dispatch small-schools poll and No. 1 in the Class A state poll, improved to 27-0. Central, ranked No. 4 by the Post-Dispatch, ended its season at 23-5.

Carlyle, the defending Class A state champion, has won 35 games in a row and 59 of its past 61. The Lady Indians advance to the DuQuoin Sectional on Monday where they will face Okawville (20-6) for the fifth time this season. "I felt both teams played very consistently tonight," said Carlyle coach Angie Gherardini. "We just picked up the tempo in the second half and pulled away." Carlyle led 33-22 at halftime as Central played a strong man-to-man defense trying to shut down the Lady Indians' outside game. But Carlyle's guards were able to get the ball inside to Courtney Smith and Leslie Dumstorff. Smith ended with a game-high 28 points, while Dumstorff added 27. "They covered the man-to-man very well," Gherardini said of Central's defense. "But we were able to isolate inside and get the ball to Courtney and Leslie." Lynette Wellen led Central with 11 points. In other games: * Althoff 58, Gibault 43: The Crusaders bolted to a 27-13 halftime lead and beat the Hawks in the regional championship at Althoff. Becky Feldmann (18) and Jenny Young (16) combined for 34 points to lead Althoff, which evened its record at 12-12. Gibault closed the season at 16-10. The Crusaders face West Frankfort in the DuQuoin Sectional semifinals Monday at 6 p.m. Lynn Turisky led Gibault with 11 points, while Katie DeBonis added 10. * Francis Howell North 58, Fort Zumwalt North 34: Amy Milliken (16), Brandi Lindemann (10) and Kasey Dillon (10) combined for 36 points (begin FIVE STAR LIFT text) and Lindemann added a game-high 10 rebounds (end text) to lead the visiting Knights past the Panthers in a Gateway Athletic Conference game. …

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