A change in schedule for this year’s event has made Saturday a girls only day in the Summit Athletic Conference tournament. Games kicked off at 10 a.m. with the first semi final, followed by the second at noon.

Seeding stayed true to form with the top four seeds advancing to the day’s semi final. Top seeded Homestead facing number four Carroll in the first semi final. In the noon game, it was number two South Side against number three Concordia Lutheran.

(1) Homestead 75, (4) Carroll 45

The Spartans wasted no time in putting distance between them and the Chargers, scoring the first 12 points of the game and opening up a 17-point lead in the opening few minutes before coasting to a win.

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Homestead’s Kara Gealy drives against the defense of Carroll’s Kate Schlatter during December 29’s SAC Holiday Tournament semi final.

Just hours after a 20-point loss to Northwestern in the Hall of Fame Tournament on Friday, Homestead looked like a reinvigorated team in putting away Carroll. The Spartans hit their first two three-point attempts after finishing just 1-of-17 from three-point range against Northwestern.

Freshman Ayanna Patterson had a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Spartans, who had 10 players score in the game. Kara Gealy had 11 points while Sydney Graber and Amber Austin scored 10 apiece.

Carroll was led by Malia Williams, who scored 14 points.

Bounce’s Player of the Game: Ayanna Patterson, Homestead

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South Side’s T’Laizha Morris battle for possession of the ball with Concordia’s Elle Fritcha (22) during Saturday, December 29’s SAC Holiday Tournament Semi Final.

(2) South Side 47, (3) Concordia 42

South Side hit 9-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter and held Carissa Garcia to 1-of-15 shooting from the field to advance to its third holiday tournament final in four years.

The Archers struggled in the first half from the charity stripe, but found the range when it counted. Alaya Chapman went a perfect 6-of-6 from the line for the game, helping her finish with a game-high 18 points.

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The combination of Jaci Jones and Darriyn Hackbarth proved too much for Garcia, who ran around the half court trying desperately to get open touches. The aggressive man defense on Garcia frustrated the senior, who did hit all eight of her free throw attempts. Concordia led by as many as 11, but the Archers fought back over the course of the final two quarters.

T’Laizha Morris had 11 points and 12 rebounds, with four steals for the Archers and Jones added seven points and five assists for South Side.

Nautica Rogers led Concordia with 16 points, including several big buckets in the second half, but she fouled out late in the contest.

Bounce’s Player of the Game: Alaya Chapman, South Side (18 points, seven rebounds)

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