Luers Wins 6th State Title

By WISE Web Sports

March 6, 2011 Updated Mar 7, 2011 at 6:23 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Brownstown Central came out of the gate strong in Saturday’s Class 2A state championship game, as the Lady Braves made six of their first eight shots from the floor, but Fort Wayne Bishop Luers’ Miracle Woods was too much to handle in the post, and Bishop Luers won their record sixth state basketball championship, 59-46, at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

Woods scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, and also pulled down 14 rebounds, to lead the Lady Knights, who outscored Brownstown Central 29-16 in the second half to seal the victory. Her 14 rebounds tied the 3A state championship game record. Senior guard Brierra Young, who struggled with foul trouble throughout the game, scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and collected 7 steals for Luers.

Guards Maria Allen and Sammie Bane scored 10 points apiece for Brownstown Central, which made its first appearance at the girls basketball state finals. The Lady Braves came out strong and ran to a 30-27 halftime lead, but were unable to withstand a 9-0, fourth quarter run as Bishop Luers pulled away. Brownstown Central finishes the season with a 23-6 record for head coach Karla Rieckers.

For Bishop Luers, the state championship was the first in girls basketball since 2006, when the Lady Knights won the Class 3A title over Evansville Memorial. Denny Renier’s team wraps up the season on an 11-game winning streak, with a record of 24-2 following last year’s state runner-up finish.

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