MICDS students finished final exams Thursday.
The Rams' girls basketball team had a true test in their regular season finale Thursday night and as they have done in all but one game this season, they came away with a victory.
It was a hard-fought one as MICDS defeated Principia, 51-45 at MICDS to finish the regular season with a 21-1 record.
"Principia is one of the best teams we played all season and you want a challenge like this right before districts," MICDS Coach Scott Small said. "You don't necessarily want to play them twice in a week, though."
Because of a postponement earlier in the season, the two teams played Monday with the margin of victory the same. MICDS won at Principia 55-49, scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter.
The game Thursday started slowly for both teams with Principia leading 7-6 after a quarter.
MICDS had a big second quarter and took a 23-12 halftime lead after an offensive rebound and basket by Hannah Akre at the buzzer.
Delaney Hobbs hit a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the second half and Campbell Torchin followed with a trey and MICDS had a 29-12 advantage.
Principia got the deficit down to 11 but Liz Gilman, who had scored 27 points against the Rams Monday night, picked up her fourth foul with 2:35 to play in the third quarter.
"I think our girls took a sigh of relief at that point but Principia is a team which just does not give up," Small said.
The Panthers got the deficit down to eight points going into the fourth quarter and it was down to four with one minute to play as Gilman scored 11 fourth quarter points.
But Campbell Torchin hit four consecutive free throws to preserve the Ram victory.
"I enjoy being at the line with the game on the line," Torchin said. "That is the first time it has happened for me this season. I was feeling good with the way I was shooting the ball before the game and I was kind of up and down during the game but it was good to make them when they counted."
Torchin was one of three Ram players to score in double figures. Delaney Hobbs had 15 in her final regular season game while Torchin and freshman Emily Kyman added 12 each.
Gilman had 19 and Kara Johnson added 10 for the Panthers, who fell to 15-9.
"Eighteen of the 24 games we have played this season have come against winning teams," Principia Coach Shad Nichols said. "We have been able to compete with just about everybody although we needed a win in a game like this to get over the top. I was proud of the way the girls fought being able to cut the lead to three after getting down that much against a Scott Small coached team."