Lady Bulldogs claim share of DAC title with 58-37 win at Merrillville

A USA-365.com Special Report by the USA-365.com team
01-13-2019

The Merrillville High School Pep Band entertains the crowd with their cheerleaders before the game between the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs and the Merrillville Lady Pirates on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Merrillville High School.
Merrillville's senior forward Kierra Payne (40) prepares to shoot a pair of free throws in first quarter action against Crown Point in girls high school basketball Saturday night. Payne finished with 9 points for Merrillville, including going 5 for 6 at the charity stripe.
The Lady Buldog's sophomore guard Alyna Santiago displays her shooting form at the free throw line in the 4th quarter when she hit one of two attempts to help CP win 58-37 over Merrillville.
Caitlyn Phillips shoots a "3" in fourth quarter action at Merrillville high school Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Phillips finished with 5 points for the lady Bulldogs.
CP's freshman guard Jessica Carrothers  (14)takes a jump shot off a fast break against the Pirates Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Carrothers finished the night as the top scorer for either team with 18 points.
CP's senior guard Ellie VanDeel (11) shoots from beyond the arc Saturday night at Merrillville. This shot missed, but VanDeel still finished with 15 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
The mission statement for the Duneland Athletic Conference is on display in the foyer of Merrillville High School, just outside Inglehart gymnasium.
 

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Team /Record 1 2 3 4 Final
CROWN POINT (18-0, 5-0 DAC) 15 19 13 11 58
MERRILLVILLE (8-11, 2-4 DAC) 2 8 17 11 37

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - Duneland Athletic Conference game at MERRILLVILLE, IN

CROWN POINT (58) Caitlyn Phillips 2-0-5, Ellie VanDeel 6-3-15, Lilly Stoddard 4-0-9, Jessica Carrothers 9-0-18, Grace Tyndall 0-0-0, Alyna Santiago 2-1-6, Allie Govert 0-0-0, Paige Sanborn 0-0-0, Abby Stoddard 2-1-5. TOTALS 25, (5-11) 58.

MERRILLVILLE (37) Torri Miller 2-1-5, Micah Grady 3-2-8, Davina Smith 1-0-2, Armani Cole 3-1-7, Shekinah Thomas 1-2-4, Kierra Payne 2-5-9. TOTALS 12, (11-17) 37.

FREE THROWS: CROWN POINT (5 of 11, 45.5%); Ellie VanDeel 3-3, Lilly Stoddard 0-1, Jessica Carrothers 1-1, Grace Tyndall 1-2, Alyna Santiago 0-1, Allie Goverto 1-1, Paige Sanborn 1-1, Abby Stoddard 0-1. MERRILLVILLE (11 of 17, 64.7%); Torri Miller 1-4, Micah Grady 2-3, Armani Cole 1-2, Shekinah Thomas 2-2, Kierra Payne 5-6.

3-GOALS: CROWN POINT (3); Caitlyn Phillips, Lilly Stoddard, Alyna Santiago. MERRILLVILLE (0).

FOULED OUT: None.

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MERRILLVILLE (01-12-2019) It’s a rivalry that had extra meaning for the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs.

Entering play on Saturday, Jan. 13, the opportunity presented itself for a share of the Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) championship. But they needed to get through the Merrillville Lady Pirates to accomplish this feat, not achieved since 2003.

The Lady Bulldogs did just that with a 58-37 win at Merrillville High School.

In addition to the win giving the Lady Bulldogs a share of the DAC, it also continues their undefeated season at 20-0, 6-0 in the DAC. Merrillville drops to 8-11, 2-4 in the DAC.

Not hesitant, the visitors set the tone early, outscoring the Lady Pirates 15-2 after the first quarter.

A big reason why Crown Point dominated the game early, a trap defense in the backcourt that forced plenty of Merrillville turnovers. Unofficially, Merrillville committed 17 turnovers in the first half alone, to just 3 for the Lady Bulldogs.

“Our message was this was for a conference title,” said Lady Bulldogs’ head coach Chris Seibert. “We did not shoot the ball well, but our defense and rebounding were outstanding.”

On offense, Crown Point got production from freshman forward Jessica Carrothers and senior guard Ellie VanDeel, who had 12 points each at halftime.

Carrothers would go on to lead all scores with 18 points, while VanDeel finished with 15 points.

Merrillville’s leading scorer, senior forward Kierra Payne had 9 points.

For Crown Point, the victory closes out a three-game road stand over a week. They defeated Lafayette Jefferson on Jan. 5, 72-56 and Munster on Jan. 10, 60-37.

But against Merrillville, defense told the tale.

“The last couple of game I felt I was slow on defense,” Lady Bulldogs’ sophomore guard Alyna Santiago said, who was all over the ball in the opening half. “This was our biggest game of the year. It makes me happy we are playing well. 16 years is a big gap for a conference title. We have worked hard for this.”

While the Lady Bulldogs hold a share of the DAC, they can claim the conference outright to themselves with a road win against the Chesterton Lady Trojans on Thursday, Jan. 17.

If they can’t defeat Chesterton, Crown Point will have to wait until the next night, as the second place Michigan City Lady Wolves would need to lose at home to the LaPorte Lady Slicers.

Until then, the Lady Bulldogs return home on Tuesday in non-conference action against the Kankakee Valley Lady Kougars.

LADY DOG NOTES:
With the win at Merrillville, the Lady Bulldogs close out their three-game road stand over a week. They defeated Lafayette Jefferson, Munster and Merrillville by an average margin of 63-43.

Crown Point now has three games remaining in the regular season. They return home to take on Kankakee Valley on Jan. 15, on the road against Chesterton on Jan. 17 and back home to meet-up with Bishop Noll on Jan. 22. Each team has a .500 or better record.

USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com Broadcast Note: The next scheduled Crown Point Lady Bulldogs’ broadcast on USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com will be on Tuesday, Jan. 15 when the Lady Bulldogs host the Kankakee Valley Lady Kougars. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m. (CST), with tip-off at 7 p.m. (CST).


CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL RECENT SEASONS
4A 1 COLORS: RED, WHITE MAP TO SCHOOL 20-0
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
CROWN POINT
BULLDOGS
Coach: Chris Seibert, 68-26 in 4th year at school, 127-103 in 10th year overall
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 65.5, DA 32.4
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 7:00 pm    
Jan. 17 at Chesterton 4A © 7:00 pm    
Jan. 22   Hammond Noll 2A 7:00 pm    
© DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME

CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL RECENT SEASONS
4A 2 COLORS: PURPLE, WHITE MAP TO SCHOOL 8-11
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
MERRILLVILLE
PIRATES
Coach: Amy Govert, 236-95 in 14th year at school
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 47.4, DA 51.6
Nov. 3   South Bend St. Joseph 4A L 45 54    
Nov. 10 at Andrean 2A W 67 62    
Nov. 17 at Northridge 4A L 37 58   tournament
Nov. 17 N Warsaw 4A L 29 47   tournament
Nov. 21   Valparaiso 4A © W 49 48    
Nov. 30   Lake Central 4A © W 44 41    
Dec. 1 at Elkhart Memorial 4A W 66 33    
Dec. 7 at LaPorte 4A © L 61 64 OT  
Dec. 8 at Penn 4A L 35 78    
Dec. 14 at Michigan City 4A © L 52 69    
Dec. 18   Hammond Morton 4A W 63 15    
Dec. 21   Westville 1A W 63 43    
Dec. 28 N Rushville 3A W 51 43   tournament
Dec. 28 N Columbia City 3A L 38 63   tournament
Dec. 29 N NorthWood 3A L 39 64   tournament
Dec. 29 N Andrean 2A L 42 48   tournament
Jan. 4 at Chesterton 4A © L 38 58    
Jan. 11 at Mishawaka 4A W 44 34    
Jan. 12   Crown Point 4A © L 37 58    
Jan. 15 at Hobart 4A 7:00 pm    
Jan. 19 at Portage 4A © 7:00 pm    
Jan. 22   Lowell 4A 7:00 pm    
Jan. 24   Morgan Twp. 1A 7:00 pm    
© DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME


 
DUNELAND
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
  CONF AG OA DA AM Streak
Crown Point 6-  0 20-  0 65.5 32.4 33.1 Won 20
Michigan City 5-  1 14-  4 64.6 45.7 18.9 Won 2
LaPorte 4-  2 14-  5 57.2 47.5 9.6 Won 3
Chesterton 2-  4 10-  9 46.9 40.8 6.1 Lost 1
Portage 2-  4 10-11 46.5 50.9 -4.4 Lost 1
Merrillville 2-  4 8-11 47.4 51.6 -4.2 Lost 1
Valparaiso 2-  4 8-12 47.4 49.0 -1.5 Lost 1
Lake Central 1-  5 7-13 42.9 46.9 -4.0 Won 2
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Chesterton 68, Hobart 21
LaPorte 65, Plymouth 51
Portage 46, Andrean 41
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Lake Central 54, West Side 47
Thursday, Jan. 10
Crown Point 60, Munster 37
Friday, Jan. 11
LaPorte 68, Chesterton 54 ©
Merrillville 44, Mishawaka 34
Michigan City 75, Valparaiso 60 ©
Saturday, Jan. 12
Crown Point 58, Merrillville 37 ©
Lake Central 54, Portage 32 ©
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Calumet at Valparaiso, 7 pm
Noll at Chesterton, 7 pm
Kankakee Valley at Crown Point, 7 pm
Merrillville at Hobart, 7 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Portage at West Side, 7 pm
Thursday, Jan. 17
Crown Point at Chesterton © , 7 pm
Friday, Jan. 18
LaPorte at Michigan City © , 5:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 19
Lake Central at Valparaiso © , 2:30 pm
LaPorte at Washington, noon, SB Washington
Merrillville at Portage © , 7 pm
Monday, Jan. 21
Chicago Hope (Ill.) vs. Michigan City, 6 pm, Gary West
Tuesday, Jan. 22
Noll at Crown Point, 7 pm
Lowell at Merrillville, 7 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 23
West Side at Michigan City, 7 pm
Lake Central at Morton, 7 pm
Thursday, Jan. 24
EC Central at LaPorte, 7 pm
Morgan Twp. at Merrillville, 7 pm
Portage at Kankakee Valley, 7 pm
Valparaiso at Munster, 7 pm
Friday, Jan. 25
Chesterton at Andrean, 7 pm
St. Joseph at Lake Central, 7 pm
Saturday, Jan. 26
Morton at Michigan City, 1:30 pm
LaPorte at Adams, 6:30 pm
© Conference game