MIDDLEBURY - The Lady Lions competed in the Interra Classic at Northridge High School over the break. The classic included eight teams from around the state split into two pools. Rushville came out on top in pool B after going 2-1 and earning a spot in the championship game with the host Northridge Lady Raiders. Northridge got off to a quick start, pulling away from Rushville 19-10 after the first period. The Lions tried to play catch-up the remainder of the game, but the host squad stayed in the zone and secured themselves a 55-29 victory.

The Lady Lions' first game of the classic had them facing off with the NorthWood Lady Panthers in pool play. RCHS put up 27 points in the first quarter and held NorthWood to just 4 points using the full court press and creating multiple turnovers. Briley Munchel scored the first points of the contest by sinking two from the charity stripe. Annika Marlow sank a three-point shot, Munchel sank two long balls, and Sophia Dora hit a three-pointer as the Lady Lions took a 15-0 lead midway through the first quarter. The Lady Panthers scored a point on a free throw with 3:00 to go in the period, then Belle Gossett hit a jumper and Marlow added two more baskets, one of which was another long ball as the Lady Lions took a commanding lead. NorthWood was able to slow down the Lady Lions in the second quarter, holding them to just 11 points while putting up nine points. Rushville led at halftime, 38-13. Twenty-six second half points for Rushville were enough to take the victory in the opening game, 64-42. 

The Lady Lions' second game of the day had them squaring off with the Merrillville Lady Pirates, who were riding a three-game win streak and posted a 5-2 record in the month of December. Coach Melissa Marlow didn't let that deter her Lady Lions, who battled four quarters with the 4A school. The first quarter went the way of Merrillville, who led 12-8 after the frame. The second quarter was all Rushville, who poured on 22 points in the second to take a four-point lead into the locker room at the half, 30-26. Rushville stayed strong, adding another 18 in the third and six in the fourth while holding the Lady Pirates to just 15 second half points. Rushville secured their second win in as many games, 54-41, to close out the first day.
RCHS defeats NorthWood 

Munchel 15 (3-7), Marlow 13 (5-9), Leonie Boyer 10 (4-10), Dora 6 (2-5), Gossett 6 (2-4), Jin Calaf 5 (2-5), Lexi Morris 5 (2-7), Ericka Kuhn 2 (0-1), Cassidy Tellas 2 (1-3)

RCHS defeats MHS

Marlow 18 (7-12), Munchel 13 (4-9), Dora 7 (3-7), Morris 6 (3-3), Boyer 5 (2-5), Gossett 5 (2-4)
Day two of the Interra Classic had the Lady Lions playing their final Pool matchup. With two wins on day one, Rushville had already secured themselves a spot in the championship game that evening. Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger battled the Lady Lions for four quarters in the morning contest, with RCHS leading after the first period 10-9. The Lady Saints put up 13 second period points to hold the lead at halftime 22-18. The Lady Lions added 23 points in the second half, but the Lady Saints held on for a 52-41 win to finish pool play.
FWBD defeats RCHS

Munchel 18 (6-19), Marlow 13 (5-15), Morris 4 (1-4), Gossett 2 (1-5), Dora 2 (1-14), Boyer 2 (1-5).
The championship game was set, and Rushville was paired with the host team Northridge (13-3) to battle it out for the trophy. The Lady Raiders, led by senior Julia Mantyla, jumped out to a 19-10 lead after the first period and led by 10 at halftime, 27-17. The Northridge defense held Rushville to just 12 second half points while scoring 28 themselves in the 26-point win.
NHS defeats RCHS
Munchel 11 (3-13), Dora 10 (4-11), Morris 4 (1-4), Gossett 2 (1-5), Marlow 2 (1-4)
Interra Classic all-tournament team (1 player per team)
Andrean: Tori Allen
Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger: Lexi Linder
Knox: Megan Bolen
Merrillville: Kylie Wells
Northridge: Mantyla
NorthWood: Karis Bennett
Rushville: Marlow
South Bend St. Joseph: Kelly Ratigan