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Southwestern shuts down Edinburgh in championship game of Edinburgh Holiday Classic

Southwestern found its defensive identity and it resulted in a tournament trophy just three days before Christmas.

The Spartans held Edinburgh to three fourth-quarter points Wednesday afternoon to secure a 40-33 victory in the championship game of the Edinburgh Holiday Classic.

In three tournament games, Southwestern allowed 31.7 points per game.

Lily Kerber and Kennedy Pile each had 11 points to lead Southwestern, now 7-6 entering the holiday break. The Spartans’ six losses have come to teams with a combined 60-14 record. Four are currently ranked in the top 10 in Class A and Class 2A.

Lilly Rooks finished with nine points and Faith Kelley had six.

Kelley and Pile combined for three first-quarter three-pointers to get the Spartans a 13-12 lead at the first break. The duo each hit a 3 in the second quarter but the Lancers outscored the Spartans, 14-9, to take a 26-22 lead into halftime.

Both teams struggled to score in the third quarter and the Lancers led 30-26 going into the fourth.

The Spartans hit 6 of 9 free throws over the final eight minutes, all from Kerber and Rooks, while the Lancers finished with a seven-point second half.

Callie Hancock led Edinburgh (8-5) with 11 points. Gracie Crawhorn finished with eight.

Hagerstown won the seventh-place game over Columbus Christian Wednesday, 56-19.

In the fifth-place game, South Ripley prevailed over Knightstown, 50-13.

And South Dearborn won the third-place game, 44-31, over Lutheran.

Southwestern is off until Jan. 6 when it travels to Waldron for the Shelby County Tournament. The Spartans drew Class A, No. 1 Waldron (12-0) in the semifinal round.

The Mohawks won their first meeting with the Spartans on Nov. 12, 59-39.