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DeKalb’s Brooke Leins, left, dribbles around Carroll’s Elizabeth Schaefer during their sectional game Tuesday at Northrop. Carroll jumped out to a 15-2 lead before DeKalb closed the gap in the second quarter.
Girls basketball: Sectionals

Chargers, Knights move to semis

Photos by Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Northrop’s Aleah Swary, left, defends against East Noble’s Kourtney Edwards in the fourth quarter of their first-round sectional game Tuesday at Northrop. East Noble will face Snider in the sectional semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday.

– Carroll and East Noble each held firm in the final minutes to advance to the semifinals of the Class 4A Northrop girls basketball sectional Tuesday.

The Chargers beat DeKalb 57-50, and the Knights outlasted Northrop 51-46.

East Noble will face Snider in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday, and Carroll gets North Side.

The second quarterfinal game saw the Chargers reclaim a lost lead and lost momentum.

After a first-quarter double-digit lead had disappeared in the fourth quarter, Carroll found itself in familiar territory against DeKalb, trailing 46-42 midway through the fourth. But this time, the Chargers answered with a 15-4 run.

“This just shows everybody that we can do it,” Carroll’s Beth Schaefer said.

“It’s hard that they are coming back and have all the momentum, but you just have to stay composed and play your game and do what you have been practicing.”

Carroll had lost to DeKalb 54-49 on Dec. 13 under similar circumstances when an early lead dissolved.

“What has hurt us has been finishing (games), and tonight we finished,” Carroll coach Mark Redding said. “It was one of those gut-wrenching games where we had to dig down and get stops. What we experienced in close games throughout the year really helped us in this game.”

The Chargers (8-12) got 19 points from Schaefer and 14 from Kierstin Murphy and made 17 of 23 free throws.

DeKalb (12-8) got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Hayley Martin and 15 points from Baylee Rinehart.

The first quarterfinal saw East Noble get past a stubborn Northrop team after beating the Bruins 62-41 on Dec. 11.

The Knights led 45-31 early in the fourth before the Bruins closed within 45-40 with 2:50 remaining on a 9-0 run but could not get any closer.

“It was just about us being patient and taking care of the ball,” East Noble coach DeAnn Booth said. “They were putting a lot of pressure on us and trying to rattle our guards.”

The Knights (16-5) made 22 of 31 from the free-throw line, including 9 of 12 by Kerri Schrock.

“We had to calm ourselves down,” Schrock said of holding off the Bruins (5-14). “We overcome a lot of adversity and just did this as a team.”

Kavan Edwards led East Noble with 17 points while Schrock had 14 and Lanie Allen 11.

Northrop’s Aleah Swary scored 18 of her game-high 31 points in the first half. The Knights went into a 2-3 zone in the second half in an effort to contain Swary and had a 16-7 advantage in the third.

“We were talking in the locker room about how they weren’t shooting a lot of 3s, so we said let’s go zone,” Schrock said. “It actually seemed to give them fits.”

gjones@jg.net

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