Lady Eagles Top Nerinx Hall For Title

Sullivan locked down Nerinx Hall in a 44-34 win on Friday that made them Marquette Tournament champions.

The Lady Eagles (3-1) swept through Ft. Zumwalt West, Francis Howell and upset-minded Nerinx Hall, which stunned No. 1 seed and host Marquette.

Defense was the key in all three victories for the Lady Eagles. Head coach Jordan Flora set an ambitious goal of holding opponents to 35 points or less before the season began and through the first four games, no team has scored more than 34.

Sullivan bullied Nerinx Hall throughout the first half, taking a 17-8 lead into the break.

Rylee Denbow finished with a career-high 18 points and was 4-for-8 on 3-point attempts.

Mallory Shetley added 10 points. Hanna Johanning scored six and Kya Harbour five. 

Riley Lock scored three points and Porscha Polanowski added two.

The Markers scored just two points in the first quarter. 

Besides Lyndsey Heckle, who tallied 20 points, Nerinx Hall couldn't get their other players going.

Heckel made six of their 10 shots and all four 3-pointers. The rest of the Markers combined to go 4-for-17 from the field and 0-for-10 beyond the arc.

Ft. Zumwalt West

Sullivan was nudged out for the second seed by the Jaguars.

They responded by thrashing Zumwalt 53-28 in the first pool game. 

Shetley scored 22 points, dished four assists and had two steals.

Harbour scored 16 points and was 4-for-8 on 3-point attempts. 

Johanning scored six points. Denbow added four. Polanowski and Lock each scored two and Payton Dudley one.

The Lady Eagles held Zumwalt to 27 percent shooting from the field and forced 23 turnovers.

Francis Howell

Sullivan pulled away from Francis Howell with a second quarter run to win 51-34 and claim the top spot in the pool.

Shetley scored 21 points, had six steals, five rebounds and four assists.

Denbow added 11 points. Johanning dropped in seen and Harbour had six.

Lock finished with five points and Polanowski had one.

Sullivan led 12-8 at the end of one quarter. They outscored Howell 15-6 in the second to open a 27-14 lead.

The offense continued surging in the third quarter. After outscoring the Vikings 17-11, they began the final period leading 44-25.

Francis Howell was held to 28 percent shooting.

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