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Eagles win another Candy Cane Classic title

By on December 19, 2018 at 3:02 pm

Gibault athletic director Jim Montgomery hands the Candy Cane Classic championship trophy to Columbia players following the Eagles’ 55-32 win over Wood River on Saturday. (John Spytek photo)

The Columbia High School girls basketball team won its third straight Candy Cane Classic title at Gibault Catholic High School on Saturday, defeating Wood River, 55-32. 

Sophia Bonaldi, who was named tourney MVP, scored 23 points to lead the Eagles, who shot 61.5 percent from the floor. Bonaldi, who is averaging 15 points and 3.5 steals per game this season, scored 56 points and recorded 13 steals in the tournament. 

Columbia is now 10-2 on the season and 4-1 in the Cahokia Conference.

“This team is starting to figure out how important it is to value the basketball and what good possessions can do to a defense,” Columbia head coach Scott Germain said. “I am happy on where we are at, but there is a bigger ceiling for this team.”

The Eagles defeated Red Bud last Wednesday, 62-43, to advance to Saturday’s title game. Bonaldi scored 20 points in the win. 

Columbia opened the tourney with an easy 56-17 victory over Madison. 

In other action from the tourney’s final day, Waterloo (3-10) lost 30-28 to Red Bud in the third place game. Aubrey Hubbard led the Bulldogs with 13 points…>>> 

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.