Columbia girls win regional; Red Bud falls to Nashville

Columbia’s Savannah Wittenbrink breezes right past a Freeburg defender on the way to an Eagle regional championship. (Teryn Schaefer photos)

The Columbia High School girls basketball team swept their own regional Thursday night, surpassing the 20-win mark for their season in the process.

Although the Eagles defeated Freeburg, 43-29, the Midgets kept the game tighter than the score indicates. Freeburg kept Columbia on their toes with a fast pace, despite the Lady Eagles’ consistent six- to 10-point lead the entire game.

Seniors Savannah Wittenbrink and Erika Varel had excellent games the final time playing on their home court. Wittenbrink put up 12 points, had 11 rebounds and two assists on the night. Varel had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Kaylee Bastien had eight points.

The Eagles next face Mater Dei (23-6) on Monday at Waterloo in the Class 3A sectional semifinals at 6 p.m.

Also on Thursday, the Red Bud Lady Musketeers faced Nashville (30-2) in the IHSA Sectional Championships at Dupo.

Red Bud junior Ali Ringering battles through three Nashville defenders in Thursday’s sectional championship game.

It wouldn’t be much of a contest for Nashville, who went on to win 44-17. It wasn’t until 1:20 in the first quarter that Red Bud scored its first basket. Nashville’s Jordi Harre put up more points (19) than Red Bud did the entire game.

Red Bud’s Ali Ringering scored 12 of the Musketeers’ 17 points. Her teammates, Jessica Otten and Grace Richards, rounded out the scoring with three and two points, respectably.

The Musketeers finished their season at 18-11.

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