By Bob Simmons
In opening round action in the girls Pepsi Cola Classic in Troy, the host Trojans survived with a 37-34 win over St. Charles.
Adene Edwards and Kirsten Watts led Troy with 11 points each. Edwards had 10 rebounds, and freshman Makenna DeClue had four assists.
Troy trailed 34-30 after three periods but shutdown the Lady Crusaders (7-0) in the final quarter in a rally.
“Our girls did a good job defensively to keep us in the game on a night that we had an awful lot of turnovers,” said Troy Coach Damond Lacy. “We held St. Charles to zero points in the fourth quarter. Makenna (DeClue) did a nice job for us handling the ball and putting points on the board as she becomes more comfortable playing at the varsity level. Adene (Edwards) and Kirsten (Watts) had good nights offensively. We have to be stronger with the ball as the season moves on and cut down our turnovers.”
In other first round games. Westminster Academy won 40-31, over Columbia Hickman, Kiley McKee with 11 points and Carasyn Beachy followed with 10 points to pace Westminster. St. Dominic won 59-44 over Eureka led by Ella Kasubke with 23 points. In a battle of two GAC rivals, Holt escaped with a 39-33 win over Fort Zumwalt South
Prior to the tournament, Troy lost 44-36 to St. Dominic in the season opener for both schools.
The Crusaders’ 12-point lead in the third period was cut to just two (30-28).
The St. Dominic defense clamped down on Troy, keeping the Trojans scoreless for over six minutes.
“We got off to a very slow start scoring three points in the first quarter followed by 17 in the second,” said Troy Head Coach Damond Lacy. “We took a lot of good open shots and our shooters didn’t have a good night. We held St. Dominic to 10 field goals the entire game, but put them on the foul line too often and they made us pay for it.”
Olivia Mennemeyer came off the bench with nine points to lead Troy.