MACKINAW - Tremont was one of only two Heart of Illinois Conference squads to stay within single digits of Eureka during the regular season.
That would not be the case in the Deer Creek-Mackinaw Regional, as the Hornets swarmed the Turks 55-24.
Eureka was a little sluggish at the start, primarily allowing too much dribble penetration by the Turks (8-23). Once that was rectified, the Hornets took off. Eureka (28-3) exploded in the second period, as they outscored Tremont 18 to two. A pair of Anderson free throws bumped the lead to 33-12.
“I liked the way we were disciplined on defense,” commented Hornets’ coach Jerry Prina. “We were able to extend our pressure. You cannot ever prepare for anyone’s speed.”
During the second quarter, the defense limited Tremont to just one of 13 shooting and triggered eight of their 26 turnovers.
The Hornets stretched the lead to as many as 35.
“Postseason, you never know how a 16, 17-year-old girl is going to react,” Prina pointed out. “When we got out to a big lead, we were able to relax.”
Anderson finished with a game-high 15 points.
Half of Tremont’s offense was supplied by Paige McAllister, who finished with 12 points.
“Number 22 (McAllister) really carried them. We did not have an answer for them,” said Prina. “She’s only a sophomore so we’ll have to deal with her for the next two years.”
McAllister did not play in the first meeting on Dec. 3, which the Hornets won on the road, 37-29.
Eureka recorded 15 steals, as nine different players nabbed at least one. They also had six blocks with five with at least one rejection.