Pressure trapping defense leads Lady Bulldogs to 58-31 win over Highland - 1st Sectional Title since 2001
A USA-365.com Special Report
by the USA-365.com team
|Lady Bulldogs' freshman point guard Jessica Carrothers (14) is announced to the crowd as the referee offers her a "fist bump" while Crown Point Cheerleaders form a pyramid in the background during opening sectional tournament ceremonies at Lowell High School on Feb. 4, 2019. (Game photos by Dave Woodworth)|
|The opening tip-off of the Lowell Sectional Championship game is controlled by CP's 6-foot-3 freshman Lilly Stoddard (13). Facing her is Highland's star senior forward Michaela Schmidt, who battled Stoddard throughout the game inside near the basket, and who finished with a team-high 17 points.|
|CP's senior guard Caitlyn Phillips (10) launches a '3' as all eye are on the basket for a possible rebound. Phillips hit three 3-point baskets for a total of 9-points in the game as the Lady Bulldogs' took a quick 18-7 first quarter lead over Highland.|
|Crown Point's pressure defense made it difficult for the Lady Trojans' Michaela Schmidt (45), who still managed to score all 7 of Highland's first quarter points. Here it's freshman Jessica Carrothers in the path of Schmidt, with CP's Alyna Santiago (22) right behind her and Caitlyn Phillips (10) and Ellie VanDeel (11) ready to respond.|
|Ellie VanDeel (11) shoots a left-handed shot for the Lady Bulldogs, as Paige Sanborn (25) gets into position for a possible rebound. VanDeel scored seven of her nine points in the first half against Highland.|
|Indeed, the shot went in for VanDeel!|
|Coach Chris Siebert talks to his starters and the rest of the Lady Bulldogs gather round during a second half time-out i the Sectional Championship game with Highland at Lowell High School.|
|Highland's junior forward Danielle Opitz (15) shoots from medium range over CP's senior forward Jasmine Porter (21) in second half action of the sectional title game Feb. 4, 2019.|
|Players from Highland and Crown Point shake hands immediately after the sectional title game at Lowell High School. Crown Point won 58-31.|
|The scoreboard at Lowell shows Crown Point's score on the left and Highland was the "Guest" in the sectional title game.|
|Seniors Ellie VanDeel (11), Jasmine Porter (partially hidden) and Paige Sanborn (25) lift the Sectional Championship trophy on high in celebration of Crown Point's first sectional title since 2001. (Photos by Frank Sprankle)|
|The Lady Bulldogs greet the seniors carrying the "spoils" of the night's contest, with Caitlin Phillips proudly carrying the game ball.|
|The 2018-2019 Lady Bulldogs Sectional Championship Team. Pictured L to R, front row: Paige Sanborn, Jasmine Porter, Ellie VanDeel, Caitlyn Phillips. Second row: Alyna Santiago, Sydney Goodman, Abby Stoddard, Lilly Stoddard, Jessica Carrothers, Allie Govert, Grace Tyndall, Gabbie Vania and Alexis Smith. Coaches are Scott Reid and Chris Seibert on left and Amanda Moore and Ashley Parish on the right.|
|Members of the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs patiently wait for their turn as Ellie VanDeel cuts down a piece of the basketball net for her own personal sectional title keepsake.|
|4th year head coach Chris Seibert joins the USA-365.com on-air team during the Lady Bulldogs postgame show to share some thoughts about the Lady Bulldogs sectional title. That's assistant varsity coach Scott Reid in the red shirt, enjoying his 29th season as part of the Lady Bulldogs basketball program. Sportscaster Frank Sprankle wearing the headset is to the near left. (Photo by Dave Woodworth)|
|The four Lady Bulldog seniors pose with their best smiles after the game, with each holding their piece of the sectional championship game net. From left to right: Jasmine Porter, Paige Sanborn, Ellie VanDeel and Caitlyn Phillips. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)|
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|CROWN POINT (26-0)||18||17||16||7||58|
Monday, February 4, 2019 (re-scheduled from Feb. 2) - Class 4A Sectional 1 Championship game at LOWELL, IN
HIGHLAND (31) Ariana Flores 0-0-0, Grace Aurand 0-0-0, Andrea Felix 1-0-2, Mackenzie Pickens 0-0-0, Grace Melby 0-0-0, Chloe Churilla 3-3-9, Morgan Rinkema 0-3-3, Olivia Gibson 0-0-0, Amanda Cruse 0-0-0, Breanna Burbridge 0-0-0, Michaela Schmidt 7-3-17. TOTALS: 11, (9-14) 31.
CROWN POINT (58)
Caitlyn Phillips 3-0-9, Ellie VanDeel 4-1-9, Sydney Goodman 0-0-0, Lilly Stoddard
5-2-13, Jessica Carrothers 4-4-13, Grace Tyndall 1-0-2, Yasmine Porter 0-0-0,
Allie Govert 0-0-0, Alyna Santiago 3-0-9, Paige Sanborn 1-0-3, Alexis Smith
0-0-0, Gabbie Vania 0-0-0. TOTALS: 21, (7-10) 58.
FREE THROWS: HIGHLAND (9 of 14, 64.3%) Chloe Churilla 3-5, Morgan Rinkema 3-4, Michaela Schmidt 3-5. CROWN POINT (7 of 10, 70.0%); Ellie VanDeel 1-1, Lilly Stoddard 2-4, Jessica Carrothers 4-5.
3-GOALS: HIGHLAND (0); CROWN POINT (9); Caitlyn Phillips 3, Lilly Stoddard 1, Jessica Carrothers 1, Alyna Santiago 3, Paige Sanborn 1.
HIGHLAND - 18; CROWN POINT - 10.
FOULED OUT: HIGHLAND - None; CROWN POINT - None.
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LADY DOG NOTES: In the Class 4A, Sectional 1 Tournament,
Crown Point played host Lowell, East Chicago Central and Highland to win the
title. They outscored each team by an average margin of 66-30.
Winning the sectional title at Lowell becomes the fourth high school gym that the Lady Bulldogs have accomplished this feat in. They won their first in 1979 at Hanover Central, three at Lake Station and 13 at Merrillville, including until this year, their previous sectional title in 2001.
USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com Broadcast Note: The next scheduled Crown Point Lady Bulldogs’ broadcast on USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com will be Saturday, Feb. 9 when the Lady Bulldogs face the Sectional 2 Champion Kankakee Valley Lady Kougars in the LaPorte Regional Semifinal at LaPorte High School. The pregame show starts at 11:45 a.m. and the opening tip is scheduled for 12 p.m. CST.
If the Lady Bulldogs win that game, they will face the winner the Penn-Plymouth Regional Semifinal scheduled for 10 a.m. CST. The Regional Championship game will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The live coverage of that game begins with an expanded pregame show at 7 p.m. on USA-365.com.
USA-365.com and Indiana-Sports.com will provide coverage of the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs throughout the IHSAA Tournament.