Season ends at the Regional buzzer for Lady Bulldogs in close 42-41 loss to Penn, finish season at 26-1
A USA-365.com Special Report
by USA-365 Team
|The Regional Radio Sports video team was on the case at the LaPorte Regional. Penn and LaPorte recorded one point victories in the semifinals. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|CP's Dash Shaw (20) and Alyna Santiago stand for the national anthem. CP and Penn met in regional play for the second year in a row.|
|Penn's defensive plan was to take the ball out of the hands of CP's top scorer Jessica Carrothers. Jordan Smith and Antrese Shelton try to push Carrothers to her left.|
|... and with the help of Reganne Pate (22), Carrothers reverses her course.|
|... the double and triple team forces the CP sophomore to pass off before she can get into the foul lane.|
|In the lane Penn put hard double team pressure on CP senior Abby Stoddard (30).|
|The WJOB Network aired the semifinals at LaPorte. First time CP made the 'network' all season.|
|Sister Abby watches as Lilly Stoddard delivers an outlet pass against Penn. Lilly was held to three points but she had seven rebounds and three blocked shots against the Kingsmen.|
|Penn's Trinity Clinton (42) sets a unique screen on CP's Jessica Carrothers. Neither Penn or CP led by more than six points at any time during the regional game.|
|Dash Shaw scored eight against Penn but five of the points came in the final minute as CP rallied to take a 41-40 lead.|
|CP's Allie Govert (24) is careful against speedy Penn junior Caitlyn Costner. Costner joined Penn at midseason and was a major factor in the 42-41 win over Crown Point.|
|Penn newcomer Caitlyn Costner draws attention of CP's Abby Stoddard, Dash Shaw and Jessica Carrothers in third quarter action against Penn. Costner led all scorers with 16 as Penn beat CP by one point. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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Saturday, February 15, 2020 - at IHSAA Class 4A, Regional Semifinal game at LaPorte High School in LaPorte, IN
PENN (42): Jordyn
Smith 1-0-2, Trinity Clinton 6-0-12, Antrese Shelton 1-0-2, Reganne Pate 2-0-6,
Kaitlyn Costner 5-5-16, Caroline Morris 1-0-2, Jada Patton 1-0-2 Delaney Sanchez
0-0-0. 17(5-11) 42
CROWN POINT (41): Dash Shaw 2-4-8, Jessica Carrothers 4-6-15, Abby Stoddard 3-2-8, Lilly Stoddard 1-1-3, Allie Govert 2-0-4, Nikki Gerodemos 0-0-0, Alyvia Santiago 1-0-3. TOTALS: 13 (13-15) 41.
FREE THROWS: PENN (5-11, 44.5%) Clinton 0-2, Costner 5-7, Patton 0-1, Smith 0-1. CROWN POINT (13-15, 86.6%) Carrothers 6-6, Shaw 4-5, Abby Stoddard 2-2, Lilly Stoddard 1-2.
3-POINT GOALS: Penn (3) Reganne Pate 2, Kaitlyn Costner. CROWN POINT (2) Alyvia Santiago, Jessica Carrothers.
FOULED OUT: None.
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“We wanted to trap her
(Carrothers) coming off ball screens,” said Penn coach Kristi Ulrich. “Make sure
she was having to give the ball up and pay special attention to the big
(Stoddard). She’s so long. She’s very effective when she gets the ball under the
What Crown Point was trying to do was so difficult. The Lady Bulldogs, winners of 28 in a row before losing to Hamilton Southeastern at the Semistate in 2019, had won 26 in a row this year. They were trying to become the third undefeated girls basketball state champion out of Northwest Indiana and the first since Crown Point went 26-0 and won it all in 1984.
Playing 17 of their 27 games on opposing floors or neutral sites, CP won the Hall of Fame tournament, the Duneland Athletic Conference and Class 4A Sectional 2 before they were finally eliminated by one point.
“It's hard to even think about next year,” said Seibert. “I’m proud of our four seniors. What they’ve meant to our programs. How far we’ve come as a program since their freshman years. I can't say enough how proud I am.”
DOG NOTES: In the final moments of the game Saturday, after
Dash Shaw’s potential game-winning shot missed, Jessica Carrothers found herself
on the ‘weak side’ of the basketball for a layup that also missed. Some of us,
not totally unbiased and watching in real time, thought that Jessica’s shot
could have saved the day for CP, but a film review showed it would not have.
“It was too late,” said Penn coach Kristi Ulrich. “It was after the horn.”
Penn won the regional title with a 59-34 win over host LaPorte Slicers Saturday night. Trinity Clinton scored 20 for the Kingsmen who return to LaPorte to face top-ranked Northwestern (28-0) in the 4A Northern Semistate on Feb. 22.
Northwestern is the state’s dominant team, a two-time defending Class 3A champion within two wins of an unprecedented third consecutive state title, this time in Class 4A.
Crown Point stands down with a record of 54-2 in the last two seasons and a bright basketball future despite the graduation of top seniors Dash Shaw and Abby Stoddard.
CP played the final third of the season without Alyna Santiago, a starting guard, who suffered an ACL knee injury in December. Nikki Gerodemos, a 5-foot-11 sophomore forward, seems in line to take Abby Stoddard’s place.
What the Lady Bulldogs need is a couple of bench players ready for regular play. After Alyna Santiago’s injury, CP went largely with seven players and they were at a disadvantage.
Other than Alyna’s sister, Alyvia Santiago, CP’s 2021 ‘rotation’ has more candidates than a Democratic presidential primary.
Penn coach Kristi Ulrich confirmed that Penn will play CP in the regular season next season.
“We want to prepare ourselves for games like this so we want to play as many top teams as we can play. It's absolutely becoming a rivalry.”
USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com Broadcast Note: Our next USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com Internet broadcast will be Friday, Mar. 6 when the Crown Point Bulldogs (26-0) play the Class 4A Sectional 2 Quarterfinal winner between Lowell and Chesterton at 7 p.m. CST. Our live coverage starts with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. If the Bulldogs advance, they would play the other semifinal winner for the Sectional 2 Championship Saturday, Mar. 7. Our Saturday night broadcast will start at 6:45 p.m. CST with the pregame show and 7 p.m. for the tip-off.