Lady Bulldogs defeat Valparaiso 57-26 to stay atop DAC standings

A Special Report by Mark Smith

CP's Chris Seibert talks with Valparaiso's Candy Wilson prior to last Friday's Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) game.  (All photos by Mark Smith)
CP's Alyvia Santiago (10) watches over sister Alyna (on crutches) before the CP-Valpo game. Alyna will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
CP's Lilly Stoddard (13) looks to get the ball up on the rim against the Valparaiso defense. The CP center scored 11 points and blocked five shots.
CP's Dash Shaw (20) and Allie Govert (24) trap Valpo's Shea Pendleton (25) in the Vikings game at Crown Point last Friday.
CP's Alexis Smith (32) rocks the one night only 'Salute to the military' uniforms that the Lady Bulldogs wore for the Valparaiso game.
Crown Point sophomore Jessica Carrothers (14) pushes the ball up the floor against Valparaiso. Carrothers led CP with 20 points.
Valpo's Aleah Ferngren (11) looks to get down the sidelines against CP's Allie Govert in the Valpo-CP game last week.
Allie Govert (24) makes it hard for Valpo's Maddie Molnar (13) to find a friendly face in the Vikings visit to Crown Point. The CP defense forced an unofficial total of 25 turnovers.
CP's Jessica Carrothers (14) eyes a jump shot against Valparaiso. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-0 in the Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC).
CP's Nikki Gerodemos (21) hand checks Valparaiso sophomore Bolanle Ayangade (31) in third quarter action. CP led 30-11 at halftime.
Crown Point's Dash Shaw (20) and Valpo's Maddie Molnar (13) see things the same way in last Friday's DAC game.
Crown Point's Gabbie Vania (33) checks in at the scorer's table against Valparaiso. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 13-0 with a 57-26 win over Valparaiso. (All photos by Mark Smith)

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Team /Record 1 2 3 4 Final
VALPARAISO (5-5) 9 2 10 5 26
CROWN POINT (13-0) 18 12 13 13 57

Friday, December 13, 2019  - at Crown Point High School in CROWN POINT, IN

VALPO (43): Shea Pendleton 2-0-6, Sarah Douglas 3-0-7, Kiana Oelling 1-2-4, Maddie Molnar 1-0-3, Bolanle Ayangade 2-0-4, Amelia Benjamin 1-0-2, Aleah Ferngren 0-0-0, Kristin Bukata 0-0-0, Sydney Vorrier 0-0-0, Emma Gerdt 0-0-0. TOTALS: 10 (2-5) 26.

CROWN POINT (57): Abby Stoddard 1-3-5, Jessica Carrothers 9-1-20, Alyvia Santiago 2-0-4, Dash Shaw 3-4-10, Allie Govert 1-1-3, Lily Stoddard 5-1-11, Niki Gerodemos 1-0-2, Brooke Lindesmith 1-0-2, McKayla Henry 0-0-0, Alexis Smith 0-0-0, Gabbie Vania 0-0-0. TOTALS: 23 (10 of 15) 57.

FREE THROWS: VALPO (2 of 5, 40%) Oelling 2-2, Ayangade 0-2, Douglas 0-1; CROWN POINT (10 of 15, 66.6%) Carrothers 1-1, Shaw 4-4, Abby Stoddard 3-4, Lilly Stoddard 1-2, Lindesmith 0-2, Allie Govert 1-2.

ASSISTS: VALPO (3) Ferngren, Pendleton, Ayangade; CROWN POINT (7) Dash Shaw 4, Lilly Stoddard, Jessica Carrothers 2.

3-GOALS: VALPO (4) Shea Pendleton 2, Sarah Douglas, Maddie Molnar; CROWN POINT (1) Jessica Carrothers.


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CROWN POINT (12-13-2019) Sometimes when a team is trying to win every game, folks say they are trying for a ‘perfect season’.

Well, no matter how many games they win, Crown Point’s undefeated Lady Bulldogs probably won't refer to the 2019-2020 basketball campaign as perfect.

Before last Friday’s 57-26 win over Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) rival Valparaiso, CP found out that two-year starting guard Alyna Santiago had suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.

Santiago, who started CP’s first 12 games, averaged 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.1 assists. She was 14 of 39 on three-point shots and had committed just 11 turnovers in 12 games.
But Santiago was a major player in CP’s full court pressure defense as she was last year when she played in all 29 games, averaging 6.7 points with 3.6 rebounded and 4.2 steals.

“At the Fremd game (Dec. 7), she jumped a screen and there was knee-to-knee contact,” explained CP coach Chris Seibert. “They (trainers) thought she was OK. They didn't even get an MRI (test). But it didn't get better and we got one today and, yeah, she's out for the year.”

“We didn't find out until 4:30 p.m. today.”

“She’s the heart and soul of our team. A lot of what she does doesn't show up in the state sheet. She makes a lot of things go.”

“Other than Dash (Shaw), a lot of our kids went through this last year with Abby (Stoddard, who missed the second half of last season) so we’ll just have to do it again.”

CP’s full court defense pulled them away from Valpo (6-6) early. The Lady Bulldogs led 8-0 after three minutes and 15-9 after one quarter. The Vikings played hard and hit four three-point shots but they also lost the ball on 28 turnovers.

“Our press was really good,” he said. “We turned them over and we were able to get out and run a little bit. I wish we moved the ball on offense a little better. We didn't make a lot of turnovers, but the passes weren't crisp sometime and the ball didn't get to where it needed to be for us to score. Our advantage against Valpo is our size. We did a better job of getting the ball inside to Lilly (6-foot-3 Lilly Stoddard) more.”

CP sophomore Jessica Carrothers scored 12 of her 20 points in the first half and finished with five rebounds, five steals and just two turnovers. Carrothers has only 22 turnovers in 13 games.

Senior guard Dash Shaw had 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and a season-high nine steals in the win over Valparaiso. Shaw, the 5-foot transfer from Gary West Side, recorded 53 steals in her first 13 games. Carrothers has 56 steals. Lilly Stoddard had nine points, six rebounds and five blocked shots. The sophomore center has 38 blocked shots in 13 games.

It was a comfortable win to end the first half of the regular season. The Lady Bulldogs are still the favorite in 4A Sectional 2 play. But the season won't be perfect no matter what they do.

“It's just a shame,” said Seibert. “She works too hard and she was playing great. She hit three straight 3s to start the game at Portage. But she’ll be back next year and, right now, we’ll just have to go on without her.”

DOG NOTES: Junior guard Allie Govert started her first game of the season against Valparaiso and apparently, she can get used to it.

“Allie Govert will step in and start now,” said CP coach Chris Seibert, who featured eight players in the first 13 games."

“I think we’re going to play Brooke Lindsmith a little more,” he said about adding a guard to the mix. “She’s been the leading scorer on the JV. We just wanted her to get as much experience as possible.”

“She’s been (playing four quarters (on the JV) and one quarter (on the varsity). Tonight she was three and two. We’ll probably have her play totally on the varsity. We just didn't want to throw too much at her at one time.”

“Brooke has done enough on the JV to show us she can play and now we’re going to give her a chance, that’s for sure.”

Crown Point’s semifinal opponent in the December 27-28 Hall-of-Fame Classic, southern Indiana Class 3A power Salem suffered their first loss of the season, 54-50 to rival Brownstown Central (8-1). Brownstown lost the Class 3A Sectional 26 championship game 59-50 to Salem last season. Class 3A No. 1 Salem (8-1) meets Crown Point (13-0) at 12:45 p.m. at New Castle high school on Friday, December 27.

Crown Point’s nonconference game with Munster (10-0) on Tuesday night, Jan. 14 will be televised on the WJOB Network.

Crown Point coach Chris Seibert said that the Lady Bulldogs will return to Fremd high school in Palatine, Illinois for their showcase tournament in 2020 and CP will play Penn next season as well. The Lady Bulldogs would have scheduled Penn this season except for the possibility that CP will meet Penn (11-0) in the championship game of the Hall-of-Fame tournament the night of Dec. 27 in New Castle.

“We didn't want to add them to the schedule this year because of the Hall-of-Fame and the possibility that we might see them again at some point. We’ll pay Penn the day after we play Valpo next year. Lawrence North (the four team Lawrence North Classic) is a three year deal the Northridge-Warsaw deal is a four year deal.

“There were at least 30 Division I coaches at Fremd. It was cool. It was well-run. 22 teams. It was a great experience for the kids.”

Hamilton Southeastern, the only team to defeat Crown Point last season, is 10-1 this season. Class 4A No. 4 HSE has lost just once, 41-36 to 4A No. 8 Center Grove (11-1). HSE and Class 4A No. 5 Fishers (12-0) will almost certainly meet in Class 4A Sectional 8.

Coach: Chris Seibert, 91-27 in 5th year at school, 150-104 in 11th year overall
Nov. 9   Gary West 4A W 76 16    
Nov. 16   Hammond Morton 4A W 84 17    
Nov. 19   Andrean 2A W 77 30    
Nov. 23 N Warsaw 4A W 55 43   tournament
Nov. 23 N Northridge 4A W 68 43   tournament
Nov. 26   East Chicago Central 4A W 88 16    
Nov. 29   LaPorte 4A © W 76 49    
Nov. 30 N Castle 4A W 49 43   tournament
Nov. 30 N Columbus North 4A W 62 54   tournament
Dec. 3 at Lowell 4A W 70 18    
Dec. 6 at Portage 4A © W 80 37    
Dec. 7 N Fremd (Ill.) W 59 43    
Dec. 13   Valparaiso 4A © W 57 23    
Dec. 17 at Highland 4A W 72 17    
Dec. 20 at Lake Central 4A © 7:00 pm    
Dec. 27 N Salem 3A 11:45 am   tournament
Jan. 10 at Michigan City 4A © 5:30 pm    
Jan. 11   Lafayette Jeff 4A 7:00 pm    
Jan. 14   Munster 4A 7:00 pm    
Jan. 18   Merrillville 4A © 7:00 pm    
Jan. 21 at Kankakee Valley 3A 7:00 pm    
Jan. 24   Chesterton 4A © 5:30 pm    
Jan. 28 at Hammond Noll 2A 7:00 pm    

Coach: Candy Wilson, 71-61 in 6th year at school, 318-177 in 22nd year overall
Nov. 7 at Winamac 2A W 39 22    
Nov. 12   Kankakee Valley 3A W 59 39    
Nov. 16   Hamilton Southeastern 4A L 22 73   tournament
Nov. 16 N Fishers 4A L 40 57   tournament
Nov. 23   Plymouth 4A W 58 53    
Nov. 27   Merrillville 4A © W 52 36    
Nov. 30 at Fort Wayne Concordia 3A L 33 39    
Dec. 6 at LaPorte 4A © L 47 55    
Dec. 7 at Highland 4A W 71 42    
Dec. 13 at Crown Point 4A © L 23 57    
Dec. 14 at Whiting 2A W 55 22    
Dec. 20   Chesterton 4A © 7:00 pm    
Dec. 21 at Hammond Clark 3A 7:00 pm    
Dec. 28   South Central (Union Mills) 2A 6:30 pm    
Jan. 3   Columbia City 4A 10:00 am   tournament
Jan. 10   Portage 4A © 7:00 pm    
Jan. 11 at East Chicago Central 4A 7:00 pm    
Jan. 17 at Michigan City 4A © 7:00 pm    
Jan. 21 at Calumet 3A 7:00 pm    
Jan. 24 at Lake Central 4A © 6:00 pm    
Jan. 30   Munster 4A 7:00 pm    

Crown Point 3-  0 14-  0 69.5 32.1 37.4 Won 14
Chesterton 2-  1 8-  2 54.5 37.1 17.4 Lost 1
Merrillville 2-  1 7-  2 51.1 46.4 4.7 Lost 1
Portage 2-  1 7-  2 60.1 51.8 8.3 Won 2
LaPorte 1-  2 7-  4 56.4 44.5 11.8 Won 1
Valparaiso 1-  2 6-  5 45.4 45.0 0.4 Won 1
Lake Central 1-  2 4-  7 43.9 50.5 -6.5 Won 2
Michigan City 0-  3 4-  6 49.0 48.8 0.2 Won 1
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Lake Central 57, Andrean 45
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Chesterton 58, Plymouth 51, 2OT
Friday, Dec. 13
Crown Point 57, Valparaiso 23 ©
Lake Central 55, Michigan City 44 ©
Merrillville 51, LaPorte 49 ©
Portage 57, Chesterton 49 ©
Saturday, Dec. 14
LaPorte 52, Mishawaka 18
Penn 45, Merrillville 37
Portage 64, Central 61
Valparaiso 55, Whiting 22
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Crown Point 72, Highland 17
Michigan City 54, Lighthouse 45
Wednesday, Dec. 18
EC Central at Lake Central, 7 pm
Hobart at Portage, 7 pm
Thursday, Dec. 19
New Prairie at Michigan City, 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 20
Chesterton at Valparaiso © , 7 pm
Crown Point at Lake Central © , 7 pm
Michigan City at Merrillville © , 7 pm
Portage at LaPorte © , 7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 21
Merrillville at Morton, 7 pm
Riley at Michigan City, 3 pm
Valparaiso at Clark, 7 pm
Monday, Dec. 23
Kankakee Valley at Chesterton, 7 pm
Friday, Dec. 27
Salem vs. Crown Point, 11:45 am, New Castle
Portage vs. East Noble, 9 am, Northridge
Rushville vs. Merrillville, 10:30 am, Northridge
Portage at Northridge, 1:30 pm, Northridge
Merrillville vs. Andrean, 3 pm, Northridge
Saturday, Dec. 28
Memorial at LaPorte, 1:30 pm
South Central at Valparaiso, 6:30 pm
St. Joseph vs. Portage, 9 am, Northridge
Merrillville vs. NorthWood, 10:30 am, Northridge
© Conference game