Sectional Recap: Girls Win Third Straight Title

Team faces Hamilton SE at 10 a.m. Saturday in Kokomo Memorial Gym

Joe Hacker, Sports Editor

After delays forcing the start of postseason play to Friday, the Chargers were able to come out and run the table this weekend in winning their third straight sectional title, clinching a Regional matchup with #1 Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday morning.

Junior Forward Brianna Thomas keeps an eye on the ball while guarding her Dwenger opponent at the SAC tournament in December 2018. Photo by N. Beckley

Out at DeKalb the Chargers started slow in their rematch with Snider, going just 2-11 on field goals in the first quarter, but were able to turn it on in the second quarter to take the lead behind a 16-2 run that was led by the likes of Malia Williams and Olivia Hoeppner.

While the Panthers tied the game up late in the third frame, the Chargers would once again jump in front and they went on to win the game 49-42, behind 17 points from Emily Parrett, who was recently named All-SAC girls First Team.

The Chargers advanced to take on the East Noble Knights, a team they defeated 63-46 back in November. This time around it would be much of the same with the Chargers dominating the Knights, improving their margin of victory by three, winning by 20 instead of 17.

After going up 15-3 after the first quarter, the Chargers defense fell of in the second, allowing 9 more points to give East Noble 12 on the night. However the Chargers offense continued to roll, adding 14 to take a halftime lead of 29-12.

In the second half the story was much the same as Carroll maintained their lead and went on to win by a score of 52-32 to reach the Sectional Championship game against Northrop.

Having beaten Northrop earlier in the season, the Chargers were the favorites to come out of the Sectional with the title, however the team was dealt a major blow when Hoeppner came down with an illness that would force her to sit out the most important game of her young high school career.

The loss of one of their starting guards showed in the first quarter as the Chargers were slow out of the gate, falling behind 7-5 after the first quarter, struggling to get anything going offensively. However the offense on both sides would pick up in the second quarter, with each team putting up at least 15 points in the quarter.

It was the Chargers offense that scored the majority of the second quarter points as they took a one point, 23-22, into the half against their SAC foe. The two teams continued to battle through most of the third quarter before the Chargers began to open up a sizable lead behind the hot hand of Malia Williams.

Williams continued to burn the Bruins in the fourth quarter, racking up a total of 24 points in the second half alone for a total of 32 points (only 7 points shy of the school scoring record), showing off the Chargers depth behind Hoeppner and Parrett.

Delane Sheets furthered that point with a strong performance of her own, putting up 16 points as the Chargers rolled to a 61-48 victory.

The Chargers open Regional play on Saturday in Kokomo at 10 a.m. against Hamilton Southeastern.