The 2020 La Porte County Holiday Basketball Tournament girls’ championship game was held when the New Prairie Cougars took on the Lake Station Edison Eagles. New Prairie won the tip off but it was the Eagles Team Captain Laila Rogers who sunk the first basket much like she had the night before in the semifinal playoffs.
The game took off with the first quarter ending with only a point between the teams. Cougars had 12 points and the Eagles 11 points. Second quarter showed the Cougars hanging on the claws of the Eagles as a results of Eagles fouls and Cougar rebounds. It was the Eagles who were in the lead at the half with 29 points and the Cougars 27 points.
New Prairie started the second half with possession but the Eagles ended the quarter ahead with 42 points and Cougars 37 points. The Cougars kept pressure but the Eagles rose above to win with a final score Eagles 51 points, Cougars 39 points.
Top scorers for the Eagles were Taylor Austin with 29 points, and Laila Rogers with 19 points. Top scorers for the Cougars was Eva Skye-Dodd with 19 points and Jordan Winters with seven points.
As for the Marquette Catholic vs. Michigan City game, highlights are as follows:
Scores by Quarter:
1QT - Marquette lead MC 8-4
2QT - Marquette lead MC 17-15
3QT - MC Lead Marquette 33-25
4QT - MC lead Marquette 48-33 Final
#33 Izabel Galindo, 5'9" SR G/F - Came on strong in 2nd and 4th QT, 4/4 on free throws and also FGs for 11 total points
#3 Ryleigh Grott, 6'0" SR F - strong 3rd QT showing, with string of 2pt FGs and 2 for 3 on free throws for 10 total points
#35 Trinity Thompson, 6'0" SR G/C - Absolutely dominated 2nd half with string of 2-pt FGs and went 5 of 7 for free throws, total of 17 points for the game
#30 Ashanti Sanders, 5'9" JR F - 4 2-pt FGs and 2 for 2 on free throws for 10 total points for the game
Michigan City struggled through the first half but came on strong in the second, holding on to take down Marquette 48-33 in a strong defensive game