A couple of weeks after losing to Windsor in the Kaysinger Conference tournament title game, the Sacred Heart Gremlins finally got their championship.
Johannah Hohne scored a game-high 14 points and the Gremlins secured the conference regular-season title with a 12-0 run to end the third quarter en route to a 36-26 win over Stover Wednesday night at home .
The victory gave the Gremlins a perfect 9-0 mark, just a game ahead of the 8-1 Greyhounds.
“I thought it was nice,” Sacred Heart coach Shawn Bestgen said of the Gremlins’ second regular-season title in three years. “I didn’t tell the girls this until after the game, but with Windsor and Smithton being co-champions and splitting last year with an 8-1 record, we’re the first team to go 9-0 in the conference. That was kind of special. There will be a lot of teams that will be remembered in the future for going 9-0, but there will only be one to be remembered as the first.”
The Gremlins (19-5) trailed 7-4 after the first quarter before taking a 13-11 lead into halftime. But Stover began the third quarter on a 7-0 run to build an 18-13 lead.
But then the Gremlins woke up.
“We finally scored off a steal and a layup and on the next offensive set, we got an (Erica) Stone bucket and one to tie the game,” Bestgen said. “Hohne followed with a steal and a layup, then we got another score against their press to make it a 9-0 run.”
Hohne then hit a trey with three seconds left in the quarter to cap a 12-0 run and give the Gremlins a 25-18 lead headed into the fourth, which they closed out at the line on a night where they shot 8 of 9 from the charity stripe.
“Down the stretch when we got the lead, we were in control of the tempo and were able to rush Stover and force them to take quicker shots,” Bestgen said.
Erin Eckhoff led Stover (13-10) with eight points and Amy Schroder chipped in seven.