SACRED HEART SCHOOL in Pana are the IESA Class 8-1A Pocahontas Regional champs after defeating Mt. Olive, 49-35, on Thursday, Dec. 4. They will play in the Sectional game on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Tower Hill gym for the right to advance to the state tournament on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Clinton.
Member of the team are, in front from left, Lizzie Epley, Hannah LeDuc, Jeannine Swenny and Olive Decker.
In back, Coach Jeff Holland, Abby Copley, Kaylee Holland, Shania Schoonover, Emily Kuhn, Josie Pauley and Coach Jeff Copley.
After a close first quarter where Pana Sacred Heart and Mt. Olive were tied, 10-10, St. Pat’s went on an 18-5 run in the second quarter and posted a 49-35 regional championship win on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Pocahontas in the IESA Class 8-1A Regional.
St. Pat’s advances to the Sectional game on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Tower Hill gym at 6:30 p.m. to face Sigel St. Michael, a 29-26 winner over Effingham Sacred Heart on Friday, Dec. 5.
Shania Schoonover was on fire, pouring in 22 points. She had a 3-pointer and was 3-of-8 at the free throw line. Kaylee Holland scored 15 points with a 3-pointer and Abby Copley added 8 points. Lizzie Epley and Emily Kuhn each scored 2 points apiece.
At halftime, St. Pat’s had a 28-15 lead and expanded it to 41-25 at the end of the third quarter.
St. Pat’s is 19-1 entering Wednesday’s sectional contest.