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Despite Top Two Players Fouling Out Lady Cavaliers Hung On To Capture First AA State Championship With 41-36 Win Over Mullins

Despite Top Two Players Fouling Out Lady Cavaliers Hung On To Capture First AA State Championship With 41-36 Win Over Mullins

By Neil Kirkpatrick 

Staff Writer 

Columbia – Christ Church was clinging to a four-point lead with a 3:16 to go in the game when freshman sensation McCall King joined All Stater Marissa Powe on the bench with five fouls and with her top two scorers on the bench head coach JaNet Vicks was looking for someone to step up and senior Erica King answered the call, scoring the games final three points as the Cavalaiers hung on to defeat Mullins, 41-36, in the AA state basketball finals in the USC Colonial; Center on March, 2.  

“Erica really stepped up and was the key player for us. She is a senior and her leadership on the court at the end was great,” said coach Vicks. “It showed we had other players who could step up for us."

The win capped a 26-4 season for the newly crowned AA champions and was a little bit of revering from the 2016-2017 season when Mullins came out on top. The title is the 5th over-all for Christ Church, and the first at the AA level

“I am so proud of my girls for stepping up," said Coach Vicks. "We could have crumbled with about two minutes to go but the girls showed their resiliency.”

The first quarter started slowly with Christ Church's Erica  Harris completing a three-point play at the 4:43 mark for the first points of the game.

Mullins went on 7-0 run to take 7-3 lead after Janell Sindab hit a three-pointer before Christ Church ended the quarter on 8-0 run to lead 12-7. Christ Church was 6 for 6 from the line with King going 4-4 in the openign period. Christ Church extended the run to 10-0 when King scored on a layup to push the lead to 14-7 at the start of the second quarter before Jen’Lea Nichols scored inside for Mullins.

One key development was King picking up third her third foul with a little over a minute to go in the first half.

Christ Church continued to increase their lead from the free throw line going 13 of 14 in the first half led by Powe’s 6 for 6 and King’s 4 of 4. Powe led all scorers in the first half with 12 points and the Lady Cavaliers had an 8-point lead, 23-15 at the break.

 King picked up her fourth foul with 5:30 to go in the third quarter with the Lady Cavaliers still up by 8.

Christ Church still led by 8 when with under three minutes to go in the quarter when Powe picked up her fourth and fifth fouls within a minute of each otehr to foul out of the ball game with 2:25 to go in third quarter. Mullin’s top sophomnore performwr Jan'Lea Nichols picked up her fourth foul as both teams played agreesive man-to-man defense resulting in 36 fouls called during the contest.

The Lady Aucs then went on a 5-0 run to close the quarter and cut the Lady Cavaliers lead to three at 29-26 to start the final quarter. The Lady Cavaliers opened the fourth on a 5-0 run keyed by King and Mary Wilson- Reyner to open up another 8-point lead 34-26.

Mullins made one final push when Sindab hit her second three of the game, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.

The difference in the game was at the free throw line where Christ Church drained 20 of 24 foul shots while Mullins was 4 for 8 from the charity stripe,

Powe led the Lady Cavaliers with 15 points as she went 9 of 10 from the line. Harris chipped in with 14 and King added 11.

Sindab dropped in 14 for the Lady Auc’s and was the only one to score in double figures. Nichols had 9 points followed by Kellie Frdiay with six. .

M    7   8   11   10   36

CC  12 11   6   12   41


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