- Associated Press - Saturday, March 5, 2016

NORMAL, Ill (AP) - Kathleen Doyle poured in 24 points, including nine in the final five minutes, to propel Lisle Benet Academy past Palatine Fremd 42-39 on Saturday to win its second straight girls 4A championship.

It was a rematch of last year’s 4A title match, which Benet (32-3) won 61-39.

“It’s awesome to be able to do it when no one thinks you can,” Doyle said. “We did that last year, and we did it again this year.”

Bryana Hopkins scored 18 points and Grace Tworek had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Fremd (30-3).

“I knew we were good,” said Benet coach Joe Kilbride. “But did I think this would happen? Again? Not hardly. It’s such an accomplishment just to get here, let alone to win it.”

Fremd pulled to within one point with 20 seconds left on Tworek layup, but both Doyle and Elise Stout sank free throws to put Benet up by three. Tworek missed a potential tying three-pointer with two seconds left.

“It just didn’t go,” Tworek said. “I knew it was off when I shot it.”

Doyle hit two huge three-pointers and three free throws in the final five minutes to put her team in a position to win another championship.

“My teammates have such confidence in me,” she said. “It’s amazing, really. I just love everyone associated with this program. I’m so proud of all of us.”

In Friday’s semifinals, Benet Academy advanced by beating Trinity 68-51, while Fremd defeated Whitney Young 47-40 in overtime.

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