Southwestern's girls dropped a 46-41 decision to Connersville in the fifth-place game of their own Rumble on the River Tournament Saturday in Hanover.

Despite the loss, Southwestern coach Kenny Garrett was pleased with the way his team played.

"This is maybe the best we have played all year. Our 'D' was really good," Garrett said. "Connersville is now 8-3 and has three very strong guards that can shoot it and drive it so only giving up 46 to them was a real plus."

Kearstin Bruther, Austin Courtney and Debbie Hardy led the Rebels' offense. Courtney had 13 points and Hardy scored nine.

"Austin and Kearstin are very aggressive on offense for the second game in a row and Sam Ison did a great job rebounding," Garrett said. "In the absence of Cass Lawson this week, Kelsi Brierly stepped in and did a fantastic job handling the ball for us. Going 1-2 for the Rumble is not a bad thing. I saw so much improvement and hope it carries over to the rest of the season and we can get on a roll here in the conference and the sectional."

Hardy was named to the all-tournament team. Alex Hochstedler of tourney champion Fishers was named the Most Valuable Player.

The rest of the all-tourney team is: Fishers' Kera Gerka; Austin's Akaya Walker; Columbus East's Audrey Wetzel and Allyson Bunch; Connersville's Taylor Stephen; McCutcheon's Kerstyn Lowery; Silver Creek's Kelsi Scott; and Scottsburg's Kelsey Smith.

Southwestern returns to action Saturday when the Lady Rebels visit Milan.