TERRE HAUTE – Kindell Fincher had 24 points and 16 rebounds, but the Canterbury girls basketball team fell 64-61 to top-ranked Heritage Christian in the 2A state final Saturday afternoon at the Hulman Center.
Darby Maggard scored 20 points for the No. 3 Cavaliers, who finish their first year in Class 2A at 20-5. Their string of back-to-back state titles came to an end in a contest that featured eight ties and three lead changes.
The Eagles led 44-35 with 6:42 left in the fourth quarter before Fincher hit a 3-pointer. Although Heritage Christian (27-1) led much of the second half, the Cavaliers nearly came back, drawing to 56-54 on Fincher's free throws with 1:02 left.
But the Eagles made eight free throws to secure their first title since 2009.
Canterbury shot 33 percent (17 of 51) from the field. Katherine Smith added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Heritage Christian had 19 fast-break points and held the Cavaliers to only six.