Jumping out in the middle two quarters, the Hermann Lady Bearcats defeated Four Rivers Conference rival New Haven Saturday for the Montgomery County Tournament championship, 52-43.

“I thought we played a pretty good game for three and a half quarters especially defensively,” Hermann Head Coach Todd Anderson said. “We had several kids contribute offensively and did a nice job of taking care of the ball and limiting our turnovers.”

With the teams tied at 9-9 through one quarter, the Lady Bearcats surged in the second quarter to lead 24-16 at the break. Hermann added to it and was up 40-23 after three quarters.

“In the championship game against Hermann we got outplayed in the second and third quarters and dug too big of a hole to get out of to win,” New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick said. “We made a really good run at them in the fourth quarter, but as I said before the hole we dug ourselves into was too deep. I thought Hermann played a really good defensive game. We will learn from this and hopefully it will make us a stronger team throughout the year when we play good teams.”

Tournament MVP Allison Stiers was one of two Hermann players to reach 15 points in the game. She also had five assists, five steals and four rebounds.

Brooke Grosse was Hermann’s other all-tournament selection and she scored 12 points with five rebounds and three assists.

Quincy Erickson also scored 15 points and she added five rebounds.

Tess Schannuth added five points with four assists, two rebounds and a steal.

Caraline Brune scored three points with one rebound. Megan Schneider had two points with two rebounds, an assist and a steal. Emma Godat added an assist.

Hermann hit four three-point baskets and went 12-17 from the free-throw line.

New Haven’s all-tournament selections were Lauren Gerlemann and Emily Scheer.

Gerlemann closed with a team-high 14 points.

Scheer netted 11 points.

Other New Haven scorers were Emma Engelbrecht with seven points, Kate Ruediger with six, Makenzie Munsinger with three and Mackenzie Bauer with two points.