Girls Basketball: Benet shoots past Metea ValleyBenet guard Sidney Prasse drives toward the basket as Metea Valley's Amira Turner defends at Naperville Central. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 19, 2011 7:51PM
Benet put on a shooting display worthy of its 64-37 win Saturday against Metea Valley in the Tip-off Tournament at Naperville Central.
Senior Madeline Eilers drilled five three-pointers off the bench for the Redwings, who got a team-high 15 points from both Eilers and fellow senior guard Sidney Prasse. Prasse also made one of the team’s eight three-pointers.
Eilers embraced her role as the sixth man and shooting star.
“I think I’m considered the shooter on the team and I am trusted to take a lot of the shots,” she said. “I know a lot of the times I’m going to come off the bench and shoot it and I’ve been practicing. The whole team, we all play together as one, so it doesn’t really matter who’s in the game at what point. We all have good chemistry, so I know I’m gonna get the good pass and I trust my teammates.”
The Redwings improve to 2-1 for the year, including a 2-0 mark in the tournament. For the Mustangs, the loss leaves their record at 0-3 overall and 0-2 in tournament play.
“I think we all realize that our guard play is good,” Benet coach Peter Paul said. “And I think as Madeline proved, we’ve got pretty good shooters. We’re not quite there where we’d like to be yet but (shooting) is kind of the name of our game on offense.”
Redwings senior guard Nicole Valentine scored 10 points and junior guard Christen Prasse scored eight, including two 3-pointers. Both players did their damage in starting roles.
Senior center Lauren Malley pulled down a team-high six rebounds for the Redwings, who were outrebounded 37-26 by the Mustangs. Twenty-nine turnovers doomed Metea Valley.
“It’s pretty much been our Achilles heel this whole time, so that’s what we’re talking about, that’s what we’re trying to fix,” Mustangs coach Kris Kalivas said. “I don’t know if it’s going to happen by the end of the tournament.”
Megan Geldernick led Metea Valley with 11 points, while Lori Obendorf scored nine and Amira Turner added eight off the bench. Turner also hauled in 13 rebounds, with Obendorf adding eight.