The St. Louis Surge collected some more championship hardware to add to its growing trophy case.
The Surge won the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League Midwest regional championship in dominating fashion, defeating the Midwest Flyers 93-59 last Saturday night at Washington University.
With the victory, the Surge (9-2) advance to the WBCBL National Tournament that takes place August 4-5 in Charlotte, North Carolina. They will be seeking their third national championship in five years. The Surge won national titles in 2014 and 2016 and were the runners-up last season.
“Getting back to the national championship means a lot,” said Surge head coach Tony Condra. “The goal is to, win the region, qualify for nationals and put ourselves in a position to win it all.”
In a battle of two teams that split two earlier meetings, the Surge took control of the game against the Flyers from the beginning and cruised to an easy victory. St. Louis raced to a 24-8 lead after the first quarter and continued to build on the lead.
As usual, the Surge showcased a balanced scoring attack that simply overwhelmed the opposition. Star guard Rebecca Harris led the way with 19 points and six assists. Forward Brittany Carter scored 17 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Forward Jaleesa Butler had 13 points and eight rebounds while guard Kristi Bellock scored 12 points.
After starting the season with a 2-1 record and an early loss to the Midwest Elite, the Surge enter the postseason on a five-game winning streak and an undefeated record at home.
“The team has gotten a lot better overall with chemistry and just understanding how each other plays,” Condra said. “It’s a short season and when having several new players, the transition has to be quick. We all have to be on the same page and we are.”