SOMONAUK – The most successful season in Aurora Christian girls basketball program history wrapped up Monday night as the Eagles fell to Peru St. Bede, 47-41, in Monday’s IHSA Class 2A Somonauk Sectional semifinal.
Aurora Christian used a 12-3 run to open the third quarter to tie the game at 31 on a jumper by Melissa Moser with 45 seconds left in the third quarter, and the teams were tied at 33 entering the fourth quarter.
The Eagles took a 40-39 lead on a 3-pointer by Alex Hultine with 4:25 to play in the game.
But St. Bede post standout Mo Dean scored a basket and added two free throws to give the Bruins a 43-40 lead, and St. Bede remained ahead the rest of the way. Dean, a 6-foot-3 senior, scored 12 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter.
“That girl was a load,” Aurora Christian coach Jerry Tokars said. “That’s the best I’ve seen her play of all the film I’ve seen. She’s a senior, and she came to play.”
The Eagles claimed their first regional and Suburban Christian Conference Gold championships this season while finishing the season with a program record 19-9 record.
Tokars said the team’s second half rally Monday was to be expected, given how hard the Eagles have competed this season.
“They believed in themselves,” Tokars said. “There was no doubt that they could do that.”
Hultine is the team’s lone graduating senior.
3A St. Joseph Regional: Aurora Central Catholic knocked off Clemente, 45-29, in the regional’s opening round game. Lisa Rodriguez scored 20 points to pace the Chargers, who advanced to the state semifinal while competing in Class 2A last year.
ACC advances to today’s regional semifinal against host St. Joe.
3A Wheaton Academy Regional: Host Wheaton Academy defeated Chicago VOISE Academy, 53-20, in the regional quarterfinals behind 13 points from Marissa Gagliano and 12 from Elizabeth Melby.
Wheaton Academy will square off against Chicago Latin in Wednesday’s semifinal.
• Shaw Media’s Kevin Hieronymus contributed to this report.