HERSCHER - It was a record-setting night Thursday for the Dwight High School girls basketball team as the third-seeded Trojans knocked off Interstate Eight Conference rival and No. 2 seed Reed-Custer 47-41 to win the championship of the Herscher Class A Sectional.
The Trojans, led by junior forward Kelli Humbert's 13 points and 13 rebounds, improved to 22-9 for the most wins for a Dwight team and the first girls sectional championship in school history. Dwight will play Chicago St. Benedict Sectional champion Walther Lutheran on Monday in the Loyola Super-Sectional.
Reed-Custer (23-7) jumped out to a 10-0 lead and led 19-8 after one quarter before the Trojans began to claw their way back. Dwight pulled to within 21-16 at the half and 30-29 after three quarters before outscoring their opponent 18-11 in the final period to secure the victory.
Junior guard Kelsey O'Donnell converted 6 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter for Dwight and finished with 12 points for the Trojans. Senior forward Kelsey Jorstad also had 12 points.
Defense continued to spark the Trojans as Dwight held Reed-Custer guard Jenny Cornelli to just four points. She scored 22 in their last meeting.
"The kids did a heckuva job defensively," said Dwight coach Jeff Froelich. "This was a great, great team victory."