Arlington Wins Holiday Tourney


Averey Rumer (by Troy Breidenbach)

Averey Rumer (by Troy Breidenbach)

(BLUFFTON) - Arlington and Bluffton’s girls basketball teams met in the championship game of the McDonald’s Holiday Tournament for the fifth straight season. The Red Devils won the previous four meetings but lost six seniors and the Pirates were looking to take advantage.  The visitors were able to use their superior height advantage and forced 20 Pirate turnovers en route to a 60-42 victory.  AHS guard Jenna Pepple was named Tournament Most Valuable Player.  

The teams raced through the first quarter with Arlington holding a 16-12 advantage.  In the second quarter, the Red Devil press and foul trouble started to hinder the Pirate attack.  BHS trailed 19-14 when junior point guard Alivia Koenig picked up her third foul.  AHS ended the half on a 10-0 run to hold a 15 point halftime lead.  

Pepple and friends began draining three pointers in the third quarter and pushed the lead out to 42-18 with 2:42 left in the quarter.  Koenig swished back to back threes to cut the lead back to 42-24 but a quick 7-2 spurt gave the visitors a 49-26 lead.  

Libby Schaadt, Averey Rumer and Ashley Eachus worked tirelessly in the post against taller opponents. Starting Guards Koenig, Katie Prater, Kayla White along with reserves Brinkley Garmatter, Laykin Garmatter toiled against the relenting Arlington press until the games’s end.  The Pirates briefly cut the lead down to 16 in the fourth but could get no closer. Averey Rumer scored 8 of her team high 12 points in the fourth as she continually attacked the rim.

Libby Schaadt and Alivia Koenig represented BHS on the All Tournament Team.  Hannah Willow and Kylie Sheets joined Pepple from Arlington.   Tori Newland of Allen East and Zoe Chisalm Of Cory Rawson completed the team.  

 Individual Pirate Statistics 

Averey Rumer 12 points, 6 rebounds

Alivia Koenig 11 points

Libby Schaadt 9 points, 7 rebounds

Ashley Eachus 4 points 

Kayla White 3 points, 4 assists

Katie Prater 3 points, 3 assists

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