Benet junior Lenee Beaumont, the Suburban Life girls basketball Player of the Year this past season after leading the Redwings to fourth at state, made her commitment to Indiana on Thursday from close to 35 scholarship offers. 'They were constantly showing I was wanted there.'
With former Nazareth stars Franchesca Metz and Jovanna Martinucci helping lead the way, Morton College – under former Montini coach Jason Nichols – has won its second straight Region IV Tournament and starts play in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament on Tuesday.
Carmel, which lost to Nazareth twice during the regular season, turned the tables on the Roadrunners with a 43-39 win in Saturday's Class 3A state championship game, as Nazareth was denied its first state title and settled for its second runner-up finish.
Benet settled for fourth place in Class 4A with a 57-54 loss to Bolingbrook Friday night – but Redwings' coach Joe Kilbride gushed with pride about their resilience. “I knew they would bounce back and come out here and play with pride and joy, and they did that,."
Benet rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to tie it, but ultimately could not overcome a 14-minute scoreless stretch in losing a foul-marred 36-28 Class 4A state semifinal to Stevenson on Friday at Redbird Arena.
Gracie Carstensen tied a Class 3A state tournament record with six 3-pointers for a game-high 18 points, her sizzling shooting keying Nazareth's 55-24 rout of Morton in Friday's Class 3A state semifinal.