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Mankato Loyola Girls Win Own Tournament...Barely Beat Bucs

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The Pepsi Holiday Tournament at Bethany Lutheran is always one of the most popular basketball tourneys in the area, starting next Thursday.
That one is for the boys, but Mankato Loyola's girls team concluded their new holiday tournament, the McDonald's Crusader Classic, this afternoon against Waterville Elysian Morristown for the championship.
W-E-M started took an early five point lead after Brittany Buesgens gets the feed from Tierney Winter and puts it in off the glass.
Crusaders would cut it to a three point deficit after Aunikah Bastian picks Winter's pocket and goes in for the lay-up.
Make it a two point game later when Jordyn Strachan hits for three of her nine points, all coming from outside the arc.
Winter though known for her distance running, sprints past the Loyola defenders to lay it in for a 15-9 Bucs lead.
W-E-M kept Lindsey Thueninck in check today, but her big sister Jordyn led the way with 16 points including this three, as the Crusaders edge the Buccaneers.
52-50 Loyola takes their own tournament.
LCWM grabs the consolation title, beating LeSueur-Henderson 55-34.