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D3 girls hoops regional: Tomlin fuels Phoenix rally over Columbus

February 25, 2018

Visiting Columbus scored the game’s first 11 points before senior Gabi Tomlin scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the first half as Luther Prep surged toward Thursday’s 56-47 Division 3 girls hoops regional quarterfinal.

“I can’t say enough about our seniors and how hard they played,” Luther Prep coach Randy Mensching said. “Gabi probably played her best game in her last home game.”

Tomlin added four rebounds, three steals and three assists. Alyssa Hildebrandt provided 11 points, five rebounds and three steals while Jewel St. Germaine had eight points and six rebounds.

“Jewel hit six of eight free throws down the stretch for us,” Mensching said. “Alyssa just scrapped and I’m very happy for the team and our seniors tonight.

“We had to call two timeouts and we just needed to relax. We showed a lot of heart.”

Ally Goba swiped four steals while Abbie Burke had three rebounds. The Phoenix (11-10) visit top-ranked and unbeaten Laconia tonight.

Columbus finished its season at 6-17.

LUTHER PREP 56, COLUMBUS 47

Columbus 23 24 — 47

Luther Prep 28 28 — 56

Columbus (fg-ft-tp) — Link 3-0-9, Patrick 3-3-11, Henry 5-0-13, Meyers 2-0-4, Olson 1-0-3, Wilke 1-0-3, Brunell 1-0-2, Kahl 1-0-2. Totals 17 6-11 47.

Luther Prep (fg-ft-tp) — Tomlin 6-9-23, St. Germaine 1-6-8, Hildebrandt 3-4-11, Burke 2-2-6, Hirsch 2-2-6, Bridgemen 1-0-2. Totals 15 23-30 56.

Three-point goals — C, Link 3, Patrick 2, Olson, Wilke; LP, Tomlin 2, Hildebrandt.

Total fouls — C 27, LP 17.

Fouled out — Tomlin.