BATTLE CREEK — The Cedar Catholic Lady Trojan basketball team finished the regularseason with a couple of wins and earned the right to host the D1-4 SubDistrict Tournament Feb. 14 and 16 at the Msgr. Werner Activity Center.
Cedar Catholic turned away Battle Creek 4839 on the road Feb. 9 in Mid-State Conference action and outlasted Homer 47-44 in their final regular season home game Feb. 7 to finish the regular season with a 17-6 record heading into the postseason.
In the game against Battle Creek, the Lady Trojans played the Lady Braves for the first and last time of the season as the teams’ paths didn’t cross throughout the Mid-State Tournament.
The Lady Trojans got a 28-point effort from Makenna Noecker to pace them to the nine-point victory in the season finale.
Noecker was a blistering 7-for-10 from beyond the 3-point line and a perfect 3-for-3 from the foul line to account for 24 of her 28 points.
Laney Kathol added 11 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds in the contest along with six blocks and distributing five assists.
Katy Jones had a three-pointer and a free throw for four points, Samantha Pick and Melayna McGregor each had two and Bailey Hochstein had one to round out the Cedar Catholic scoring, while Noecker added three steals to her night.
Cedar Catholic hosted the Lady Knights Feb. 7 and held on for the three-point win after leading by nine heading into the final eight minutes.
The Lady Trojans led by a single point at the end of the first frame but Homer tied it up and went up by a basket at the halftime break, 22-20.
The Lady Trojans got defensive in the third quarter and held the Lady Knights to just seven points while scoring 18 to take the nine-point advantage into the final period.
Noecker again paced Cedar Catholic with 18 points while Jones poured in 15 and grabbed seven rebounds to complete a successful evening.
Kathol added six points and a dozen rebounds, Lauren Bernecker contributed four points and Pick and Katelyn Arens each had two.
Noecker and Jones had three and two steals respectively.
The Lady Trojans earned the No. 1-seed in the SubDistrict tournament and were set to take on 10-12 Bloomfield in the opening round of D1-4 on Feb. 14.
The winner of that game will take on the winner of Norfolk Catholic (11-10) and Wausa (11-10) at 7 p.m. back at the Msgr. Werner Activity Center on Feb. 16.
Cedar Catholic Battle Creek SCORING
Cedar - Makenna Noecker, 28; Laney Kathol, 11; Katy Jones, 4; Samantha Pick, 2; Melayna McGregor, 2; Bailey Hochstein, 1.
Cedar - Laney Kathol, 14; Makenna Noecker, 4; Melayna McGregor, 3; Addison Walter, 2; Lauren Bernecker, 2; Samantha Pick, 2; Katy Jones, 2; Bailey Hochstein, 1.
Cedar - Laney Kathol, 5; Samantha Pick, 1; Melayna Mc-Gregor, 1.
Cedar - Makenna Noecker, 3; Laney Kathol, 1; Katy Jones, 1; Samantha Pick, 1; Melayna McGregor, 1; Lauren Bernecker, 1; Cedar Catholic 12 8 18 9 — 47 Homer 11 11 7 15 — 44 SCORING
Cedar - Makenna Noecker, 18; Katy Jones, 15; Laney Kathol, 6; Lauren Bernecker, 4; Samantha Pick, 2; Katelyn Arens, 2.
Cedar - Laney Kathol, 12; Katy Jones, 7; Samantha Pick, 4; Katelyn Arens, 2; Lauren Bernecker, 1; Melayna McGregor, 1; Addison Walter, 1; Grace Wortmann, 1.
Cedar - Samantha Pick, 2; Lauren Bernecker, 2; Makenna Noecker, 1.
Cedar - Makenna Noecker, 3; Laney Kathol, 3; Katy Jones, 2.