Lady Bulldogs' quest for state falls game short, lose 61-28 to Hamilton Southeastern Lady Royals at 4A Semistate
A USA-365.com Special Report
by the USA-365.com team
|CP's Lilly Stoddard wins the opening tip against Hamilton Southeastern, but that was pretty much the highlight of the day for the Lady Bulldogs. HSE jumped out to a 23-7 first quarter lead. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|HSE's Lydia Self (5) made things difficult for CP sophomore guard Jessica Carrothers (14). Carrothers, who averaged 22 points a game, was held to seven by the defense of top-ranked Hamilton Southeastern.|
|HSE 6-foot-2 senior Tayah Irvin (21) looks to get the ball inside to 6-foot-2 senior Amaya Hamilton (10) against the Lady Bulldog defense. The Royals' versatility with big players created multiple problems for CP.|
|CP's 5-foot-7 Jessica Carrothers gave up seven inches to her defensive matchup, HSE's Tayah Irvin (21). HSE held CP to a season low 28 points. CP had scored at least 52 in the previous 28 games.|
|CP coach Chris Seibert and senior Caitlyn Phillips (10) look for answers against Hamilton Southeastern. Crown Point was in the semistate final for first time in 22 years.|
|HSE's Tayah Irvin (21) makes it difficult for Ellie VanDeel (11) to get to the basket here. CP shot 20% from the field.|
|The CP bench tried to keep their spirits up in the final minutes. The Lady Bulldogs' 28-game winning streak came to an end against Hamilton Southeastern.|
|Coach Chris Seibert consoles guard Jessica Carrothers as she leaves the game for the final time. Carrothers season final scoring average of 21.6 points per game is believed to be the highest ever for a CP freshman.|
|HSE junior Sydney Parrish is considered the top basketball player in the junior class in Indiana. Parrish averaged almost 21 points per game for the top-ranked Royals.|
|CP senior Yasmine Porter holds the game ball after the semistate loss. Porter is one of four CP seniors who will leave school as regional champions.|
|In the first semistate game last Saturday at LaPorte, defending state 1A champion Marquette, led by senior twins Sophia (1) and Emma Nolan (31) advanced to the final game with a 47-32 win over Northfield.|
|The biggest winner at the semistate may have been HSE coach Chris Huppenthal, who reaches the state championship game for the first time in his 23 years as a head girls basketball coach. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Class 4A Semistate game at LaPORTE, IN
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (61)
Malea Jackson 3-2-8, Lydia Self 2-0-4, Amaya Hamilton 5-3-13, Jackie Maulucci
3-2-8, Tayah Irvin 3-1-7, Sydney Parrish 5-1-12, Bailee Poore 1-0-2, Makayla
Hinshaw 0-2-2, Lauren Morris 1-0-2, Molly Walton 1-0-3, Bri Baker 0-0-0, Ryan
Viele 0-0-0. TOTALS 24-44 (54.5%) 8-13 (61.5%) 61.
FREE THROWS: HSE (8-13, 61.5%) Jackson 2-2, Hinshaw 2-2, Maulucci 2-2, Irvin 1-3, Parrish 1-3.
REBOUNDS (23) Parrish 5, Walton 3, Irvin 3, Hamilton 2, Jackson 1.
ASSISTS (15) Maulucci 5, Jackson 4, Parrish 2, Self 2, Walton 2.
BLOCKS (5) Parrish 2, Hamilton 2, Irvin.
3-GOALS (5-12, 41.7%) Amaya Hamilton 3-5, Sydney Parrish 1-4, Molly Walton 1-1, Jackie Maulucci 0-1.
CROWN POINT (28) Ellie Van Deel 2-5-9, Lily Stoddard 1-7-9, Jessica Carrothers 2-3-7, Alyna Santiago 0-2-2, Grace Tyndall 0-1-1, Caitlyn Phillips 0-0, Paige Sanborn 0-0-0, Allie Govert 0-0-0, Alexis Smith 0-0-0, Yasmine Porter 0-0-0, Gabby Vania 0-0-0. TOTALS: 5-25 (20%), 18-23, 78.3%) 28.
FREE THROWS: (18-23, 78.1%) VanDeel 5-7, Stoddard 7-8, Carrothers 3-4, Santiago 2-2, Tyndall 1-2.
REBOUNDS (24) VanDeel 6, Stoddard 6, Santiago 3, Phillips 2, Govert.
3-GOALS (0) Carrothers 0-3, Phillips 0-2, VanDeel 0-2, Santiago 0-1.
FOULED OUT: Alyna Santiago (4th Q – 4:54 left).
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LADY DOG NOTES:
CP senior Caitlyn Phillips wanted to thank the crowd for coming from CP to watch
“It was insane,” she said. “Not only from Crown Point, but a lot of people from all over coming to watch. The (playoff) crowds just kept on building and building.”
Phillips, a varsity softball outfielder, played in her final basketball game. She’ll be going to Marian University in Indianapolis in the fall to join the softball program. But, even though she’ll be gone, she would like to see the fans stay with the Lady Bulldogs.
“Hopefully they can keep this going next year,” she said. “So there are always people that come and watch us and want to watch and so we always have a lot of fans on our side.”
Hamilton Southeastern is undefeated against other Indiana high schools. They played the Ryle Raiders of Union, Kentucky and lost 57-49 on December 1. Sydney Parrish didn’t have any comment on the officiating in Kentucky, but she talked about trying to defend a perfect record.
“I think the loss helped us,” she said of the out-of-state loss.” It took pressure off us. We’re weren't coming into every game undefeated. I think we’re playing as if we were undefeated even if we’re something and one.”
Ryle (25-4) is the top-ranked team in Kentucky and the No. 50 team nationally. In that game, Ryle was 17 of 56 from the field (4 of 23 on 3s) but 19 of 27 from the foul line.
Crown Point overachieved this season. The Lady Bulldogs were 13-11 last season. Freshmen Carrothers and Stoddard made major impacts.
“They played with a confidence that you can't teach,” coach Chris Seibert said. “But we also can't underestimate the contributions of our four seniors, who will be greatly missed. Even if they weren't playing, they helped us in so many ways in practice and behind the scenes.”
CP did play the regional semistate without starting junior forward Abby Stoddard (9.3 ppg).
“She was greatly missed,” said Seibert. “She’s a 6-foot-1 girl who can do a little bit of everything. For us to get to this point without her is a testament to the rest of the kids. But we can't wait to get her back for next year. Happy and healthy.”
Coaches never let themselves talk about themselves, but HSE coach Chris Huppenthal, who is now 423-114 in 23 seasons as a girls basketball coach, reached the state finals for the first time in almost a quarter century of coaching. The talkative Huppenthal fell silent when I asked him what finally reaching the state championship game meant to him.
He smiled and looked across the floor and said, finally, “We have a very good team.”