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Ell-Saline Girls Hold off Bennington

Mike Hammett - January 29, 2014 6:25 am

The Ell-Saline girls moved into the championship game of the Hilltop Hoops Classic at Barton Community College with a 41-32 win over Bennington on Tuesday night.

Bennington led by one at halftime, 20-19. However, Ell-Saline outscored the Bulldogs 12-6 in the third quarter to lead 31-26. In the fourth quarter, Bennington cut the deficit to one at 33-32, but Ell-Saline scored the final eight points of the game to hold on.

The Cardinals were led by Paige Johnson with 14 points, while Darby Wikoff hauled in 11 rebounds.

Ell-Saline will meet a yet-to-be-determined opponent on Friday night for the tournament championship. Tip-off is scheduled for 8pm.