Cretin-Derham Hall challenges Iowa power in archdiocesan-sponsored girls basketball tournament

| November 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Haley Moore, left, and fellow Cretin-Derham Hall girls basketball players celebrate Elizabeth Edinger, No. 24, scoring her 1,000th career point Nov. 25. The St. Paul Catholic high school girls basketball team played in the second-annual Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 24-25 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. St. Thomas and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Office of Stewardship and Development co-sponsored the tournament. Courtesy Mike Slawin

Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul drew a big early-season test with Iowa girls basketball power Dowling Catholic High School and its highly-touted point guard Caitlin Clark.

The second-annual Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament brought together the two big school powers from their respective states at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Nov. 25. St. Thomas and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Office of Stewardship and Development co-sponsored the 14-team tournament, which ran Nov. 24-25.

CDH and Dowling of West Des Moines, Iowa, marked the only matchup of the tourney between two top-10 teams from the states’ biggest classes. They delivered, as the No. 6-ranked Class 4A CDH Raiders fell short of No. 5 Class 5A Dowling, 71-67.

Clark, the top-rated high school sophomore in the country by ESPN, put up a game-high 28. The Raiders led 31-30 at halftime but didn’t have enough answers for Clark, who finished the tournament with 53 points in two games.

Raiders senior forward Elizabeth Edinger, who had 12 points, reached 1,000 for her high school career. Junior forward Frannie Hottinger led the Raiders with 17 points.

CDH went 1-1 in the tournament with the loss and a 67-51 Nov. 24 win over No. 3 Class 2A Lourdes High School in Rochester. Dowling completed the tourney 2-0, which included a 41-26 victory against No. 2 Class 3A Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, 62-41 Nov. 24. Holy Angels secured a split with a 72-37 rout of Lourdes Nov. 25.

DeLaSalle in Minneapolis, No. 1 in Class 3A, also competed and went 2-0. The Islanders downed Holy Family Catholic in Victoria, 52-36, Nov. 25 and rolled past Totino-Grace in Fridley 69-25 Nov. 24.

Holy Family split with a win against No. 10 Class 3A Hill-Murray in Maplewood 42-34, Nov. 24. Hill-Murray bounced back to beat Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Louis Park 49-43 Nov. 25.

Attended by more than 5,000 people, the tournament raised funds for the respective schools and Catholic education. Besides the varsity teams, junior varsity team also competed in the tourney.

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