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MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. -- The two seniors on the Mount Carmel girls’ basketball team will forever be credited with returning the Lady Aces to the north side of the .500 mark for the first time since Tyra Buss played at the Hilltop.

Kylie Terrel and McKenna Zimmerman will also get credit for setting the table for the surge that is surely ahead. Because just as much as the awards banquet held last week was about them, it was also about the future, which looks extremely bright, by the way.

LUBBOCK, Tex. --- Twice in the third quarter of Monday night’s NJCAA women’s national tournament basketball game, it appeared as if Wabash Valley was about to reverse its fortune against lower-seeded Cochise, Arizona.

The Apaches, however, had an answer to each challenge, eventually pulling away to a surprisingly-easy 96-75 victory in the final game of the first day of play in the 24-team tourney being played at Rip Griffin Center on the campus of Lubbock Christian University.

PEORIA, Ill. – Who is sweating the details, anyway.

Considering the historic achievement of the Mount Carmel boys’ basketball team this weekend, a second-place finish in the IHSA Class 2A state tournament should not be diminished.

For the Golden Aces of 2016-17 achieved something grander than any trophy will ever show. After 90 long years, they have put Mount Carmel basketball back on the map.

Chicago Orr defeated Mount Carmel, 59-39, in the finals. The Spartans did early damage against the Aces, with three blocked shots in the first eight minutes and a 16-6 lead at the end of the first period. The Aces, meanwhile, came out cold, missing six of their first seven shots.

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