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Lady Eagles finish second in state
Sunday, February 23, 2014 1:04 PM
The Huntington Lady Eagles came up one game short of winning their fourth state championship, falling to the Indianapolis Trailblazers, 61-28, at the Indiana Christian Basketball Alliance state tournament at The Summit, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Feb. 22.
It was the sixth time the two teams have squared off for the title, with each club winning three times.
The title game was tight for the first quarter before the Trailblazers pulled away. The Eagles found themselves down 12-9 with the Sickafoose sisters accounting for all of their points.
The Eagles, 20-5, were led on offense by senior Catherine Weaver's 12 points and sophomore Erin Sickafoose's 10.
The Trailblazers rode a balanced offensive attack to the win, getting points from nine different players. Dani Brewer, who will play Division I basketball next season at Bradley University, led all scorers with 13 points.
"Indianapolis is in a class by themselves this year," remarked Head Coach Mark Shultz. "They have at least five seniors and are ranked around seventh in the nation. Our girls fought hard, but we just were outmatched today."
The Lady Eagles reached the final game by edging rival Mishawaka, 33-31, in the morning contest.
The Wildcats had given the Eagles two of their four losses coming into the game and the Eagles found themselves in a familiar position, down 28-23 to Mishawaka after three periods. With less than two minutes to go in the game, freshman Emily Davis scored the first two points of her career with a put-back to tie the game at 31. Huntington controlled the ball with 35 seconds to go and was holding for the last shot when the Wildcats fouled Weaver with five seconds remaining. Although Weaver sank both free throws, the game wasn't quite finished. With zeroes showing on the clock, Mishawaka went to the line with a one and one to potentially tie the game, but the first shot went in and out and the contest was over.
Senior Abby Ballinger led the Eagles with 12 points, Weaver had nine, and Erin Sickafoose chipped in six.