Lady Bulldogs defeat Valparaiso 57-26 to stay atop DAC standings
A USA-365.com Special Report
by Mark Smith
CROWN POINT (13-0)
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.
TURNOVERS: VALPO (25), CROWN POINT (13)
3-GOALS: VALPO (4) Shea Pendleton 2, Sarah Douglas, Maddie Molnar;
CROWN POINT (1) Jessica Carrothers.
FOULED OUT: None.
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(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
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
“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,
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
“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.