It was 33-30 at the quarter turn, but the wheels came off from there.
Benet missed its first seven field goals of the fourth quarter, went 0-for-3 from the free-throw line and turned the ball over once during a 10-0 McAuley run. Holmes, finally, broke the scoreless drought with 2:39 left in the fourth, but by that time it was 41-32.
"They brought their best – they're a good defensive team," said Holmes, who shot 2-for-9. "We just didn't finish tonight. It affected how we played."
Typical of Benet's night, the Redwings shot just 8-for-19 from the line.
"I love these girls, I thought they battled and fought – we just weren't quite ourselves," Benet coach Joe Kilbride said. "We were never able to get into the rhythm we've had the last month, and a lot of that is because of McAuley."
Konkle, one of three Benet senior starters, insisted it won't linger. The Redwings will play Rockton Hononegah for third place Saturday night.
"We can be sad tonight," Konkle said. "Tomorrow, my last game, I want us to go out playing our best."