Lady Bulldogs defeat Chesterton 58-46, Portage 50-38 to capture 2nd straight Sectional Championship
A USA-365.com Special Report
by USA-365 Team
|Sometimes you had to tell dad who the best players were at the 2020 Portage Sectional last week. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|CP's Jessica Carrothers (14) turns the corner against Chesterton's Ashley Craycraft (2) in the Class 4A Sectional 2 semifinals.|
|Crown Point's Jessica Carrothers (14) draws an offensive foul the hard way against Chesterton junior Emma Schmidt (24).|
|CP's Allie Govert (24) keeps an eye on Chesterton junior Kaitlyn Carr (31) in the CP Chesterton sectional semifinal.|
|CP's Abby Stoddard (30) tries to stay in front of Chesterton's Nalani Malackowski (10) in the sectional semifinal in Portage.|
|CP's Dash Shaw (20) slips off Ema Schmidt (24) to help Jessica Carrothers (14) double team Nalani Malackowski (10) in first half action. The Lady Bulldogs won 58-46.|
|CP senior Dash Shaw (left), junior Allie Govert (middle), and sophomore Jessica Carrothers are introduced to the crowd before the championship game at the Class 4A Portage Sectional.|
|CP's Dash Shaw (20) runs Portage's Skylar Flanigan (11) towards CP center Lilly Stoddard (31) in the sectional championship game. CP and Portage finished 1-2 in the Duneland Conference this season.|
|CP's Alyvia Santiago (10) and Jessica Carrothers (14) look to contain Portage senior Troilisia Lacey (12) who led the Indians with 14 points.|
|CP's Alyna Santiago steps forward to take the game ball after CP win the final game. Alyna is out for the season after knee surgery.|
|Crown Point's Alyna Santiago Dash Shaw (middle) and Alexis Smith (right) hold the sectional trophy high after CP's come-from-behind victory over Portage.|
|Coaches want their players to treat each other like family members and that's not a problem for CP's sisters Alyvia (left) and Alyna Santiago and sisters Abby and Lilly Stoddard (right) who are all sectional champions after CP's 50-38 win over Portage last Saturday night. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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|CROWN POINT (26-0)||12||8||10||20||50|
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - at IHSAA Class 4A, Sectional 2 Championship game at Portage High School in PORTAGE, IN
CROWN POINT (50):
Dash Shaw 4-0-9, Jessica Carrothers 6-6-21, Abby Stoddard 0-4-4, Lilly Stoddard
3-2-8, Allie Govert 0-4-4, Nikki Gerodemos 0-0-0, Alyvia Santiago 1-1-4. TOTALS:
14 (17-26) 50.
PORTAGE (38): Troilisia Lacey 4-4-12, Kristen Cravens 3-0-8, Jordan Barnes 1-1-3, Diamond Howell-Geredine 2-1-5, Izzy Shields 2-0-4, Tatum Torres 1-0-2, Halle Rosado 0-2-2, Skylar Flanagan 0-0-0. TOTALS: 13 (7-12) 33.
FREE THROWS: CROWN POINT (17-24, 66.7%) Carrothers 6-10, Govert 4-6, Santiago 1-3, Abby Stoddard 4-4, Lilly Stoddard 2-4.
3-GOALS: CROWN POINT (4) Jessica Carrothers 2, Alyvia Santiago, Dash Shaw; PORTAGE (5) Troilisia Lacey 3, Kristen Cravens 2.
FOULED OUT: None.
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|CROWN POINT (25-0)||9||16||15||18||58|
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - at IHSAA Class 4A, Sectional 2 Semifinal game at Portage High School in PORTAGE, IN
Ashley Craycraft 2-3-7, Nalani Malackowksi 3-4-11, Emma Schmidt 3-0-6, Carley
Balas 7-6-20, Lauren Davis 1-0-2, Kaitlyn Carr 0-0-0, Sofia Raffin 0-0-0.
TOTALS: 16 (13-22) 46.
CROWN POINT (58): Dash Shaw 3-2-9, Jessica Carrothers 8-0-20, Abby Stoddard 3-6-12, Lilly Stoddard 5-1-11, Allie Govert 3-0-6, Nikki Gerodemos 0-0-0, Alyvia Santiago 0-0-0. TOTALS: 22 (9-14) 58.
FREE THROWS: CHESTERTON (13-24, 54.1%) Balas 6-8, Craycraft 3-3, Malackowksi 4-9, Schmidt 0-4; CROWN POINT (9-14, 64.2%) Abby Stoddard 6-8, Lilly Stoddard 1-2, Shaw 2-3, Govert 0-1, Gerodemos 0-2.
3-GOALS: CHESTERTON (1) Nalani Malackowski. CROWN POINT (4) Jessica Carrothers 2, Abby Stoddard, Dash Shaw.
FOULED OUT: none.
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Seibert added,” She’s fearless. I don’t think anything is too big for her. She’s
been through it all. She’s another one who is a calming influence for us. She
doesn’t show a lot of emotion, but you could tell this meant a lot to her.”
After the game, I asked CP senior Abby Stoddard what, in retrospect, was a stupid question. She clearly was injured in the 58-46 win over Chesterton and limped through the second half of that game. Here's a girl that missed CP’s six-game run in the 2019 playoffs due to injury and I asked her if there was a chance she would come out of the championship game.
“Absolutely not,” Abby said. “Last night was a pretty rough game. But I was going to play and I’ll be ready next week. Last year they were playing for me. This year we’re playing for ‘Lena’”. ‘Lena’ is injured guard Alyna Santiago, who will miss the 2020 state tournament after ACL knee surgery.
CP outscored Chesterton 16-6 in the second quarter to put down the Trojans 58-46 in the Friday sectional semifinals. Carrothers scored seven of her 18 points in the second period and Lilly Stoddard blocked our shots in the first half. The 6-foot-3 center also grabbed nine rebounds as the CP defense held the Trojans to 16 of 41 (39.0%) shooting from the floor.
For the record, Crown Point was 26-0 when they won the single class state championship in 1984 but they were 25-4 when they won the 1985 state championship. The 2019-2020 Lady Bulldogs are the first CP team to complete undefeated regular seasons and win the sectional two years in a row. The last Indiana girls team to win every regular season game two years in a row was the 2009 and 2010 Class 4A state champion Ben Davis Giants. The 2009 Ben Davis team is the only team to ever go 30-0 in Indiana girls basketball.
Class 4A No. 2 CP and Class 4A No. 1 Northwestern stand at 26-0 with potentially, four games to play. This Saturday, CP faces 4A No. 6 Penn (25-2) Saturday while Northwestern, the Howard county school went of Kokomo that has won consecutive Class 3A state titles, meets 4A No. 4 Homestead (26-1).
USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com Broadcast Note: Our next USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com Internet broadcast will be Saturday, Feb. 15 when the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs (26-0) play the Penn Lady Kingsmen (25-2) in the LaPorte Regional Semifinal at 10 a.m. CST. Our live coverage starts with the pregame show at 9:45 a.m. Crown Point would then play the winner of the second semifinal game matching up Munster (22-5) and LaPorte (18-7) Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Our Saturday night broadcast will start at 6:45 p.m. CST with the pregame show.
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