Ali Patberg scored 22 points to lead three players in double figures Saturday evening, leading the Class 4-A No. 5 Columbus North girls’ basketball team to a 66-56 victory over Class 4-A No. 9 Indianapolis Roncalli for the championship of the Subway/Columbus North Invitational.
Paige Littrell chipped in 15 points and Tayler Goodall netted 14 points for the Bull Dogs (11-1), who claimed the championship of the eight-team girls basketball event for the second consecutive season. Kelsey Cunningham contributed six points, while Debbie Gedeon had five points.
Lindsey Corsaro tossed in a game-high 23 points for the Rebels (10-2). Corsaro received support from seniors Kellie Kirkhoff and Elizabeth Bowers, who provided 16 points and 10 points, respectively.
Corsaro scored seven points and Kirkhoff had five in the first quarter as Roncalli took a 15-9 lead in the title game. However, Littrell countered with 10 second-quarter points and Goodall added five as the Bull Dogs rallied for a 29-25 edge at the half.
Patberg and Goodall each tallied five points in the third quarter, and Maliah Howard-Bass punctuated the period with a last-second 3-pointer for a 49-41 advantage at the third stop. Patberg then produced 10 fourth-quarter points and Goodall added four as Columbus North held off Roncalli’s comeback attempt.
In earlier placement-round games, Mishawaka edged Park Hills (Ky.) Notre Dame Academy 61-58 for third place and Milwaukee (Wis.) Rufus King defeated Richmond 88-57 in the consolation final. Evansville Mater Dei and Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade-Julienne did not play a game in the placement round because of schedule restrictions limiting each to just two games in the event.
Taylor Parmley scored 14 points and Tagin Schultheis and Paige Avery each tallied 12 points to propel Mishawaka (11-3) to third place. Parmley scored 12 of her team-high in the first half as the Cavemen took a 31-27 lead, then held on with Avery notching eight points and Kaitlin Elsasser adding six in the fourth quarter.
Paige Kellam notched a game-high 17 points for Notre Dame (6-4). Sydney Stallman added 15 points and Hillary Hellman had 10 points.
In the consolation final, Shakeela Fowler dropped in 19 points to pace four players in double figures as Rufus King prevailed to improve to 3-5. Brooksie McWilliams chipped in 14 points, while Alaylah Hayes notched 12 points and Ashley Sally had 11 points for the Generals.
Bailey Hillard scored 17 points and Destiny Perkins netted 15 points for Richmond (7-5), which played more than half the game without Mackenzie Taylor after Taylor was injured during the second quarter.
Other notable moments in first- and second-round games included:
- Columbus North’s Goodall reached 1,000 points for her career in the Bull Dogs’ 78-33 first-round win over Chaminade-Julienne. She scored 14 in the game and finished the weekend with 1,040 career points. Goodall has signed to attend Florida Gulf Coast University.
- Richmond’s Taylor reached 1,000 points for her career in the Red Devils’ 64-61 consolation-round win over Chaminade-Julienne. Taylor scored a tournament-record 37 points in the game and finished the weekend with 1,034 points. Taylor, who also scored 24 points in a first-round loss to Notre Dame Academy, is headed to Wright State University.
- Columbus North’s Patberg reached 1,000 points for her career in the Bull Dogs’ 76-37 semifinal victory over Notre Dame Academy. Patberg scored 13 points in that game completed her weekend with 1,024 points. She has committed to Notre Dame.
- Corsaro scored 24 points, Kirkhoff added 20 and Bowers had 16 as Roncalli defeated Class 3A No. 1 and previously unbeaten Mater Dei 71-59 in a first-round game. The Wildcats’ Tori Schickel and Maura Muensterman countered with respective outputs of 22 points and 17 points in that game.
- Muensterman poured in 34 points and Schickel netted 30 points as Mater Dei beat Rufus King 84-61 in a consolation game. Fowler paced the Lady Generals with 17 points in that contest.
- Corsaro scored 27 points and Kirkhoff tossed in 18 points as Roncalli knocked off Mishawaka 71-55 in the semifinal round. Parmley paced the Cavemen with 16 points in that game.
2013 All-Tournament Team
- Lindsey Corsaro, Roncalli
- Kelsey Cunningham, Columbus North
- Shakeela Fowler, Rufus King
- Tayler Goodall, Columbus North
- Kellie Kirkhoff, Roncalli
- Maura Muensterman, Evansville Mater Dei
- Taylor Parmley, Mishawaka
- Ali Patberg, Columbus North
- Tori Schickel, Evansville Mater Dei
- Mackenzie Taylor, Richmond