MENDOTA — One Bureau County team advanced in postseason play, another went home in Tuesday night's 2A regional girls play.
Princeton blew past Somonauk 58-26 in the nightcap while St. Bede fell to the host Trojans 43-29.
Princeton 58, Somonauk 26: The Tigresses put this one away early by taking a 20-3 first-quarter lead. Their lead ballooned to 36-7 by halftime as PHS coach Tiffany Gonigam substituted freely throughout the game.
"It was a fantastic way to start the game. Really set the tone for us and I think this time of year, this is what you need to do. If we can have the same kind of start tomorrow I'd be really happy," Gonigam said.
Gonigam said it was good to have a comfortable lead and be able to spread the minutes around the lineup and "Keeping kids fresh, but also getting them experience in the games so they're ready to go all week."
Anna Murray had 21 points with 14 rebounds, Meg Fisher added eight points, Kelly VanDenBussche had seven points and Sara Grieff had six points.
The Tigresses will face rival Bureau Valley for the third time this season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. They have identical 17-10 records. BV took the first meeting (44-36) for the championship of the Princeton Holiday Tournament in November. PHS claimed the next two meetings (49-40 and 61-49) in TRAC East play.
"Definitely a team we know pretty well. But this time of the year, they've probably had a little more practice time. It should be a good game," Gonigam said.
Mendota 43, St. Bede 29: The Lady Bruins closed within 18-15 at the half on a buzzer-beater by sophomore Maci Bosnich. Any momentum gained by the Lady Bruins at the end of the first half was grabbed back by the Lady Trojans to start the second.
Mendota outscored St. Bede 15-6 in the third quarter to go up 33-21. SBA coach Tom McGunnigal said his Lady Bruins continued to battle as they have all season, despite taking their lumps.
"Every night. The girls fought every night, battled every night," he said. "Knowing what they do and trying to stop what they do is two completely different things. That's where our ability has to kick in. Obviously it hasn't changed and improved in order to be competitors that win and every once in awhile, because we compete."
Junior post Naomi Ochuba had nine points for the Lady Bruins, who finished 5-23.
Mendota freshman Amelia Bromenschenkel led all scorers with 18 points.
The Lady Trojans will play top-seeded Hall (21-6) in tonight's semifinal play at 6 p.m. Those teams were scheduled to play Jan. 11, but got cancelled by the weather and not made up.
Notes: The championship game has been moved back from Saturday to 7 p.m. Thursday as originally scheduled. The 3-Point Contest will begin at 5:15 p.m.