Lady Bulldogs advance to Finals with 65-49 Regional Semifinal win over Kankakee Valley

A Special Report by the team

Free throws obviously were one focus of the LaPorte regional Saturday. CP's Jessica Carrothers (14) was 11 of 13 from the foul line in the semifinal win over Kankakee Valley. (All photos by Mark Smith)
KV's Kaylee Barrett (20) is determined to stop CP's top scorer Jessica Carrothers in the Semfinals of the LaPorte regional.
CP's Alyna Santiago (22) and Lilly Stoddard (13) get set to re-enter Saturday's semifinal at LaPorte. CP used seven players most of the way in both regional games.
A possible 2030 Lady Bulldog showed up to root on her future school. Over 1,000 fans showed up from CP to watch their team in the regional.
CP senior Ellie VanDeel (11) scored five of her 13 points in the first four minutes as CP jumped to a 16-5 lead over Kankakee Valley in the regional semifinal.
KV's Sarah Martin (23) harasses CP senior Caitlyn Phillips (10) early in Saturday's second LaPorte regional semifinal. CP led all the way to win 65-49.
Crown Point's Ellie VanDeel (11) gets set to put her best move on KV defenders Kaylee Barrett (20) and Carley DeKock (34) in the regional semifinals.
KV's Maddy Swart (11) squeezes past a screen from CP's Lilly Stoddard (13) in pursuit of CP guard Jessica Carrothers (14). Carrothers scored 28 points in CP's 65-49 win.
KV's Aubrey Toppen (10) concentrates on CP guard Alyna Santiago (22) while Santiago focuses down court in Saturday's regional semifinal.
All eyes on the CP bench are on CP's Lilly Stoddard (13) as she looks for a passing lane against KV. Stoddard grabbed 12 rebounds in the CP victory.
Alyna Santiago (22) gets the ball down the sideline under pressure from KV's Sarah Martin (23) and Karmen Nowak (30). Martin led KV with 19 points.
CP assistant coach Scott Reid urges his girls to block out against Kankakee Valley in the regional semifinals. CP defeated KV 61-46 on Jan. 15 and the Lady Bulldogs won again at the regional, 65-49. (All photos by Mark Smith)

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Team /Record 1 2 3 4 Final
KANKAKEE VALLEY (20-5) 11 8 13 15 49
CROWN POINT (27-0) 19 14 16 16 65

Saturday, February 9, 2019  - Class 4A Regional Semifinal game at LaPORTE, IN

KANKAKEE VALLEY (49) Aubrey Toppen 0-0-0, Madeline Swart 2-3-7, Catherine Cavinder 3-0-6, Taylor Miller 1-0-2, Kaylee Barrett 1-1-4, Samantha Martin 0-0-0, Sarah Martin 7-5-19, Karmen Nowak 1-2-4, Carley DeKock 1-0-2, Courtney Sizemore 2-1-5. TOTALS: 18, (12-20) 49.

CROWN POINT (65) Caitlyn Phillips 1-0-3, Ellie VanDeel 4-4-13, Sydney Goodman 0-0-0, Lilly Stoddard 3-4-10, Jessica Carrothers 8-11-28, Grace Tyndall 0-0-0, Yasmine Porter 0-0-0, Allie Govert 1-0-2, Alyna Santiago 2-4-9, Paige Sanborn 0-0-0, Alexis Smith 0-0-0, Gabbie Vania 0-0-0. TOTALS: 19, (23-33) 65.

FREE THROWS: KANKAKEE VALLEY (12 of 20, 60.0%) Madeline Swart 3-3, Kaylee Barrett 1-4, Sarah Martin 5-7, Karmen Nowak 2-4, Courtney Sizemore 1-2. CROWN POINT (23 of 33, 69.7%); Ellie VanDeel 4-7, Lilly Stoddard 4-9, Jessica Carrothers 11-13, Alyna Santiago 4-4.

3-GOALS: KANKAKEE VALLEY (1) Kaylee Barrett; CROWN POINT (4); Caitlyn Phillips, Ellie VanDeel, Jessica Carrothers, Alyna Santiago.


FOULED OUT: KANKAKEE VALLEY (1) - Catherine Cavinder (22.4 sec. left 4th Qtr); CROWN POINT - None.

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LaPORTE (02-09-2019) - Never had the Kankakee Valley Lady Kougars and the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs met in any level of the postseason.

But that changed on Saturday, Feb. 9 in the semi-final of the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s (IHSAA) Regional Tournament.

For the Lady Kougars, they probably hope that the next postseason meeting does not take place for a while as they Lady Bulldogs took control from the start towards a 65-49 victory at LaPorte High School.

The win continues Crown Point’s perfect season at 27-0, while Kankakee Valley ends the year at 20-5.

It also marked the second time that Crown Point defeated Kankakee Valley, as the Lady Bulldogs managed a 61-46 win at home on Jan. 15.

Freshman guard Jessica Carrothers led the way with 28 points for Crown Point, including an 11 of 13 showing on free throws.

In addition to Carrothers, Crown Point got the production of senior guard Ellie VanDeel’s 13 points, while freshman center/forward Lilly Stoddard had a double-double, 10 points and 12 rebounds.

In all, Crown Point had 27 rebounds and 13 steals.

The Lady Bulldogs built a 33-19 lead at halftime, but then outscored the Lady Kougars 32-30 in a tighter second half of play.

“The biggest thing for us is we prepared for Kankakee Valley’s defense,” Lady Bulldogs’ Head Coach Chris Seibert said. “I’m happy for these kids, they kept batting. It all starts with defense, creating pressure and turnovers.”

As one of seven seniors to see her high school playing days come to an end, guard Sarah Martin had 19 points to lead the Lady Kougars in scoring.

For the Lady Bulldogs, they advanced to the regional championship in which they met the undefeated Penn Lady Kingsmen, also played on Saturday (see separate story.).

Penn defeated Plymouth 47-28 in the other semi-final match-up at LaPorte High School, played before Kankakee Valley and Crown Point got underway.

LADY DOG NOTES: With the win over Kankakee Valley, Crown Point has defeated all their postseason opponents to this point by an average margin of 66-35. That includes games with Lowell, East Chicago Central and Highland in the sectional round.

The regional tournament marks the second time this season that they Lady Bulldogs have played at LaPorte. They defeated the LaPorte Lady Slicers in Duneland Athletic Conference play on Nov. 23 by a score of 71-64. Broadcast Note:
The next scheduled Crown Point Lady Bulldogs’ broadcast on will be Saturday, Feb. 16 when the Lady Bulldogs face the Kokomo Regional Champion, Hamilton Southeastern in the LaPorte Semistate at LaPorte High School. The pregame show starts at 2:45 p.m. and the opening tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. CST. LaPorte is also the site of the Class 1A Semistate, where Northfield (25-2) faces Marquette Catholic (25-2) at 1 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. CST.

If the Lady Bulldogs win that game, they advance to the state title game against either Castle (23-4) or Lawrence North (21-6) in the IHSAA 4A State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis. Castle and Lawrence North will play in the southern Semistate Feb. 16 at Jeffersonville. and will provide coverage of the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs throughout the IHSAA Tournament.

Coach: Chris Seibert, 77-26 in 4th year at school, 136-103 in 10th year overall
Nov. 3 at Hanover Central 3A W 64 19    
Nov. 10 at Hammond Morton 4A W 72 8    
Nov. 13 at Andrean 2A W 77 34    
Nov. 17 N Warsaw 4A W 52 39   tournament
Nov. 17 at Northridge 4A W 52 47   tournament
Nov. 20 at East Chicago Central 4A W 61 33    
Nov. 23 at LaPorte 4A © W 71 64    
Nov. 27   Lowell 4A W 85 24    
Nov. 30   Portage 4A © W 67 29    
Dec. 1   Hobart 4A W 86 11    
Dec. 7 at Valparaiso 4A © W 61 18    
Dec. 11   Highland 4A W 68 24    
Dec. 14   Lake Central 4A © W 54 21    
Dec. 27 N North White 1A W 67 21   tournament
Dec. 28 N Mount Vernon (Fortville) 4A W 54 31   tournament
Dec. 28 N Indianapolis Cathedral 4A W 78 48   tournament
Jan. 4   Michigan City 4A © W 51 47    
Jan. 5 at Lafayette Jeff 4A W 72 56    
Jan. 10 at Munster 4A W 60 37    
Jan. 12 at Merrillville 4A © W 58 37    
Jan. 15   Kankakee Valley 4A W 61 46    
Jan. 17 at Chesterton 4A © W 56 22    
Jan. 23 at Hammond Noll 2A W 66 59    
Feb. 1 N Lowell 4A W 77 28   sectional
Feb. 2 N East Chicago Central 4A W 62 32   sectional
Feb. 4 N Highland 4A W 58 31   sectional
Feb. 9 N Kankakee Valley 4A W 65 49   regional
Feb. 9 N Penn 4A W 58 31   regional
Feb. 16 N Hamilton Southeastern 4A 3 p.m. CST   semistate

Coach: Doug Nelson, 20-5 in 1st year at school, 174-142 in 14th year overall
Nov. 1 at North Newton 2A W 80 32    
Nov. 3 at Benton Central 3A L 44 63    
Nov. 6   Valparaiso 4A W 59 40    
Nov. 10 at Kouts 1A W 78 39    
Nov. 13 at Oregon-Davis 1A W 87 51    
Nov. 16   Highland 4A © W 54 36    
Nov. 17   Morgan Twp. 1A W 52 35    
Nov. 24   Knox 3A W 60 48    
Nov. 27   Michigan City 4A W 67 53    
Nov. 30 at Lowell 4A © W 64 39    
Dec. 4 at Hanover Central 3A W 84 29    
Dec. 7   Hobart 4A © W 76 22    
Dec. 17   Chesterton 4A W 61 47    
Dec. 21   Lake Central 4A W 63 45    
Dec. 28   LaVille 2A W 64 18   tournament
Dec. 28   Marquette Catholic 1A L 35 59   tournament
Jan. 3 at North Judson 2A W 49 45    
Jan. 15 at Crown Point 4A L 46 61    
Jan. 17   Munster 4A © W 68 32    
Jan. 18 at Andrean 2A © W 67 56    
Jan. 22 at Rensselaer Central 3A     ccd.
Jan. 24   Portage 4A L 59 62    
Feb. 1 N Valparaiso 4A W 63 57   sectional
Feb. 2 N Hobart 4A W 74 39   sectional
Feb. 4 N Michigan City 4A W 61 59   sectional
Feb. 9 N Crown Point 4A L 49 65   regional