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Helias girls top MICDS in Lindbergh Invitational semifinals

by News Tribune | January 25, 2023 at 12:13 a.m.

ST. LOUIS -- The Helias Lady Crusaders advanced to the title game at the Lindbergh Tournament with a 60-37 victory Tuesday against the MICDS Rams.

With the win, top-seeded Helias (15-3) will take on Marquette (12-6) for the tournament title at 8:15 p.m. Thursday. Marquette defeated Jackson 53-39 in Tuesday’s other semifinal.

After MICDS scored the game’s opening basket, Helias took the lead for good with a 9-0 run in the next two minutes. Helias hit four 3-pointers in the quarter, including one by Kenadi Harrison in the final minute to give the Lady Crusaders a 19-6 lead.

The Lady Crusaders opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run to extend their advantage to 26-6. The two teams swapped points the remainder of the quarter, with a 3-pointer by Harrison with :35 remaining giving Helias a 33-14 advantage at intermission.

Helias went scoreless in the first four-plus minutes of the third quarter as MICDS opened on a 7-0 run. A basket by Lydia Moellers with 3:25 left gave Helias a 35-21 lead. Lela Mueller tallied Helias’ other third-quarter points, hitting a pair of free throws with :01.4 remaining to give Helias a 37-26 advantage heading to the final eight minutes.

Helias put the game away by starting the fourth quarter on a 14-1 run. The Lady Crusaders 

led by as many as 29 points -- that coming at 58-29 with 1:30 left on a basket by Maddy Larkin -- before MICDS scored eight of the final 10 points of the game.

Claire Galbraith led three Helias players in double figures with 19 points. Adalyn Koelling chipped in 16 points, while Harrison totaled 11.

MICDS is now 9-8 and will play Jackson in the third-place game at 6:50 p.m. Thursday.

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Mikah Edwards tied a Helias single-game record in Monday night’s opening round win against Maplewood-Richmond Heights.

Edwards finished with 15 assists in the 81-16 victory. That matches the record of Cristin Berendzen set in the 1995 season.

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