continued Despite all this, Grimes again rallied behind Evans (who had 21 points) and Gai Ater (who added 15 points), and took a 53-51 lead to the fourth quarter, where Littlejohn would turn the game permanently in Ludden's favor.
Grimes took away the backdoor looks, but all that did was leave open perimeter shots. Sure enough, Littlejohn, who didn't have a field goal to that point, hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and the Gaelic Knights went ahead for good, 57-53.
All told, Littlejohn had 10 of Ludden's 24 points in that final period before fouling out, including two free throws after Grimes head coach Jamie Evans picked up a technical foul with 5:20 left. Kaigler added seven points, giving him 17 for the night, while Rogers (11 points) also reached double figures.
This finishes Ludden's regular season at 16-2, including a perfect 14-0 league mark, all done with two sophomores (Hackett and Kaigler) in starring roles, plus key contributions from juniors like Littlejohn and Zach Harding, plus freshman Zach Walser.
As expected, the Gaelic Knights drew the top seed for the sectional Class B tournament. After a first-round bye, it hosts either no. 8 seed Clinton or no. 9 seed Hannibal Friday night at 7:30 in the quarterfinal round.