Girls Varsity Basketball · GBB Upsets University in Sectional Semifinal

So. Patty Chikamba drives in against UHS Sr. Lindsey Syrek in Friday’s semifinal. Photo courtesy of McIntyre Imaging.

The Girls Basketball team (16-8, 2-3) entered Friday’s Sectional #43 semifinal against the Lady Trailblazers of University HS (22-2), who finished the regular season ranked #2 in Class 2A.  The mountain that the Lady Warriors needed to climb was large, but CCHS battled hard and stuck to the game plan, executing defensively throughout to limit the size and skilled bigs of UHS, leading to a 54-48 upset of University.

Covenant looked a bit nervous early on, struggling to hit some early shots.  But they shook off those nerves and outscored UHS late in the first quarter for a 14-9 lead after the first eight minutes.  Sophomore Patty Chikamba helped get the Lady Warriors out early, scoring five of her seven points in the first quarter.  CCHS stretched that lead to eight at halftime, leading 29-21.  Seniors Ilani Williams-Harris and Sania Borom also carried the scoring load in the first half, as Williams-Harris scored 11 of her game-high 19 points in the first half, hitting three 3-pointers.  Borom scored seven of her 13 points in the first half.

The Lady Trailblazers battled back in the third quarter, cutting the Covenant lead to 32-29, but CCHS closed out the the third quarter on a 10-0 run for a 42-29 lead.  University mounted one last rally late in the fourth, cutting the Covenant lead to 50-47 and had the ball with 10.5 seconds remaining.  As UHS sought to get a late game-tying 3-pointer off, CCHS Freshman Ella Crane put the cherry on top of an outstanding game for her, blocking the last gasp for the Lady Trailblazers.  Borom went 3-for-4 from the foul line in the final seconds of the quarter to seal the game for the Lady Warriors.

Senior Lindsey Syrek closed out her outstanding high school career, leading UHS with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks.  Senior Maddi Sears chipped in 12 points to go with 4 rebounds for University.

Coach Amanda Brown won her 50th career victory on Friday night. Photo courtesy of McIntyre Imaging.

Williams-Harris had 3 rebounds to go with 4 steals, while Borom pulled down 10 rebounds, 4 deflections, and 2 steals.  Sophomore Samara Douglas also had 5 rebounds.  Crane had a very solid game for the Lady Warriors off of the bench, scoring 4 points on 4-for-4 on free throws, along with 4 rebounds in 12 minutes, and the game-saving block on the Lady Trailblazers final attempt.

The win is significant for the program looking to secure their sixth consecutive sectional title and tenth overall sectional championship.  It is also significant as it was Coach Amanda Brown’s 50th career victory (50-27) in her third season at the helm of the Lady Warriors.  The win advances CCHS to the sectional final on Saturday night against the host Lady Stars of Western Boone HS (10-14).  WeBo rallied from a deficit of over 20 points to Park Tudor (14-8), but overcame it for a 63-55 win in their semifinal on Friday night.