The Lady Warriors (10-13, 1-4) fell to the University Trailblazers (10-3) this past Saturday in the Sectional #43 final, 45-59. Leading up to the game, Covenant had a thrilling win over Park Tudor (13-6).
Against PT, the Warriors had a great start after winning the tip-off and quickly gaining a 7-point lead from scores by Samara Douglas, Bonnie Lew Ludlow, and Patty Chikamba. Park Tudor got off a few shots, but after a strong first quarter the Lady Warriors were up 16-10. In the second quarter both teams traded points, however, due to several fouls, the Lady Panthers were able to cut Covenant’s lead in half, ending with a score of 25-22.
Covenant scored quickly out of the half with a 3-pointer from Ludlow, but then stalled as Park Tudor went on a 7-point run. Each team scored a few more points, but the Lady Panthers took the lead, 32-30, going into the fourth quarter. The final quarter was a nail-biter with the teams trading points and neither team gaining a large advantage. With 1:07 remaining, Ludlow knocked down 2 free-throws to tie the game. Covenant made a defensive stop and regained possession with 40.1 seconds to go. With 2.6 seconds left in the game there was time for one more play and after several timeouts from both Covenant and Park Tudor. Chikamba stepped up to inbound the ball under the basket. Park Tudor’s defense was strong, nearly forcing a 5-second call as Chikamba desperately looked for someone to pass it off to. Under the basket, though, Ella Crane sealed off her defender in the paint to open a passing lane and put up the winning shot as the clock hit 0:00!
Covenant won, 40-38, advancing to play in the Sectional final the following night. Ludlow led the Lady Warriors in scoring with 14 points, followed by Douglass with 9 and Chikamba with 8.
The win set up a rematch of last year’s Sectional dual against University. Previously, Covenant upset the Trailblazers, 54-48, to eventually win the Sectional championship in 2020. The Lady Warriors had a strong start in the first quarter. Chikamba knocked down three 3’s to lead the scoring, and was supported with baskets by Ludlow, Douglas and Crane. Covenant got into foul trouble early, though, as both Douglas and Chikamba picked up two each. They held a 17-11 advantage after the first quarter. University started off the next quarter with a 4-0 run. The Lady Warriors went cold from the field and continued to tally up fouls, but still maintained the lead, 20-19.
Coming out of the quarter, University took their first lead of the game. Douglas was able to put on a nice post move to break the scoring drought for Covenant to bring the game back within one point. Both teams exchanged points in the quarter with Douglas knocking down a 3-pointer to tie the game, 27-27, but University retook and extended the lead 30-35 going into the final quarter. The Trailblazers came out hot, going on a 8-0 run in the first couple of minutes. After a timeout, Covenant scored the next two possessions including a steal and layup from Ludlow. Bonnie Lew stole the ball a second time to draw an and-one, but University then scored six unanswered points. Fouls continued to pile on against the Warriors who were unable to close the gap. The Warriors eventually succumbed to the Trailblazers, 45-59.
Bonnie Lew led Covenant in stats, scoring 16, shooting 6 of 7 from the free-throw line, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists to finish out her career as a Lady Warrior. Patty finished with 13 and 6 rebounds while Samara and Ella C. finished with 8 points each. The team finished the season 10-13 overall and 1-4 in the Circle City Conference.
University advances to Regional #11 where they will take on the 7th ranked Triton Central Tigers at 10am. The winner will take on either Shenandoah or South Putnam at 8pm in the Regional Final.
Contributors: Hannah Crane (Class of 2021)