NORMAL -- An impressive streak constructed by the Annawan girls' basketball team continues another day.
With its 68-47 win over Sterling Newman at the State Farm Holiday Classic on Wednesday evening, the Bravettes earned their 12th double-digit victory in as many games this season. However, the tone in the post-game locker room leaned toward frustration over lapses that included countless turnovers and ill-advised shots.
"You saw what I saw," Annawan coach Jason Burkiewicz said. "Some of those stretches, we're lucky we're not playing in (the consolation bracket). We know we're going to have to bring a better effort. ... It looked like we were two steps slow. We're going to have to pick it up mentally and physically."
Annawan (12-0) never trailed, scoring the game's first 11 points to build an early double-figure lead. After the first quarter, the Comets (9-4) never cut the lead into single digits, but Annawan did not completely close the door.
Whenever the lead reached 20 points, the Bravettes committed a series of turnovers. Each time, they regrouped before another stretch filled with turnovers or missed shots.
"We get too comfortable with where we're at," said Annawan junior guard Megan Foes, who scored 11 points, grabbed six steals and contributed six assists. "We can't do that. We need to keep pushing. We need to learn how to play with a lead. Right now, we're settling with what we have."
When the Bravettes were playing poised and in control, they flourished. Junior forward Celina VanHyfte scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds with four blocks. In nine career games in the tournament, VanHyfte has 196 points (21.8 points per game average).
Maddie Jackson had eight points and 12 rebounds and Paige Randall had seven.
Annawan advances to tonight's quarterfinals against Pana at 6.
"We're not afraid of anybody," Burkiewicz said. "The girls are ready to go."
Peoria Christian 44, Alleman 37: The Pioneers couldn't overcome 29 percent shooting, falling to Peoria Christian in the opening round of the State Farm Holiday Classic.
Alleman was just 2-for-12 in the second quarter, and the Lady Chargers took advantage by going on a six-point run to end the half with a four-point lead. At the break there had been 11 lead changes and five ties. In the second half, Alleman never got closer than five points.
"Early on, we got good shots, but they just didn't go in," Alleman coach Jay Hatch said. "When we started missing shots, the girls got tentative and didn't want to shoot. We can't do that. We have to know we're going to miss shots, but we have to keep taking open looks."
The Pioneers were led by Anne Bohnert's 12 points. The inside trio of Erin Morrisey, Daria Guzzo and Maddie McGuire each pulled down six rebounds.
Peoria Christian's Taylor Howard led all scorers with 16 points, getting nine of them in the third quarter as the Chargers started to pull away.
Sports reporter Dan Tomlin contributed to this report