OAKLAND CITY, Ind. — The Evansville Reitz girls basketball team did not have an answer for Tyra Buss Monday night.
“We don’t have anybody who can stop her,” said Reitz coach Ken Trickey Jr. after Buss scored 42 points to lead the defending Toyota Teamwork Classic champions from Mt. Carmel to a 74-48 victory at the Johnson Center on the Oakland City University campus.
“We can try to stop her, or go to a box and one or whatever we can do. But she is just that good.”
Buss, who moved to within 99 points of Brittany Johnson’s Illinois career scoring record of 4,031 points, added eight rebounds, eight steals and three assists to her scoring line.
“She’s a special player,” said Mt. Carmel coach Tim Willis of Buss, the reigning Illinois Ms. Basketball who leads the nation in scoring at 45.5 points per game. “I’ll keep saying this until she graduates: she doesn’t get enough credit for her defense.”
Reitz (2-8) closed to within 24-17 in the second period before Mt. Carmel (10-1) pulled away for good with a 16-6 surge that gave the Lady Aces a 40-23 halftime lead.
Reagan Keepes also finished in double figures for the winners with 14 points. She continued her recent red hot shooting from beyond the 3-point line, finishing 4-of-8 from there.
The Lady Panthers did not wind up with anyone in double figures. Janiese Dash led with eight points.
After their Pool B win, Mt. Carmel returns Thursday to face South Central, from Elizabeth, Ind., a first-time Toyota entry.
Also in Pool B play Monday, Gibson Southern (5-3) won its third straight game with a 72-34 rout of South Central (2-6).
• In Pool A play, Princeton (9-0), ranked second in the latest Indiana Class 3A poll released Monday, overwhelmed tourney newcomer Linton-Stockton (0-11), 73-15. Six-foot sophomore Jackie Young had 37 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers.
Wood Memorial (4-3) defeated Lawrenceville (3-4), 59-47, guaranteeing the winners more victories this year than they had in all of the 2012-13 season.