Lady Defenders fall to Cornerstone, 62-24 in OCSAA semifinal

Alex Hawley

March 1, 2014

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Sometimes it just isn’t your night

The Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team was held one win shy of reaching the Ohio Christian School Athletic Association state final, as the Cornerstone Christian Academy of Willoughby toppled the Lady Defenders 62-24 in state semifinal at Ohio Christian University on Friday.

The Lady Patriots held OVCS without a field goal for the opening five minutes of play and jumped to a 13-2 lead. The Lady Defenders were outscored 9-to-7 over the final three minutes of the first quarter and CCA led 22-9 at the end of the first quarter. Emily Carman led Ohio Valley Christian with seven points in the opening stanza.

The Lady Defenders managed just two points in the second quarter, a field goal by Bekah Sargent at the 3:37 mark, and Cornerstone Christian Academy cruised to a 36-11 halftime advantage.

The first seven points of the second half went the way of the Lady Patriots and the OVCS deficit was increased to 43-11. Cornerstone Christian Academy outscored the Lady Defenders 12-to-7 over the remainder of the third quarter and took the 55-18 advantage into the fourth.

The CCA lead was expanded to 60-18 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, but the OVCS closed the game on a 6-2 run. The Lady Patriots claimed the 62-24 and the spot in Saturday’s championship.

Ohio Valley Christian was led by Emily Carman with nine points and Bekah Sargent with eight. Cassandra Hutchinson marked four points, while Rachel Sargent added three to round out the OVCS total.

The Lady Defenders shot 9-of-34 (26.5 percent) from the field and 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the free throw line. The Blue and Gold had 18 rebounds, five assists, 11 steals and 30 turnovers.

Hutchinson led the Lady Defenders on the glass with seven rebounds, followed by Bekah Sargent with five, Rachel Sargent with four and Emily Carman with two. Sarah Schoonover finished with a team-high three assists, followed by Carman with two. Rachel Sargent anchored the defense with five steals, followed by Schoonover with three, Teah Elliott with two and Bekah Sargent with one.

The Willoughby natives were led by Jordan Cloonan with 15 points and Payton Buell with 14. Mickayla Baldwin marked 10 points, Chelsey Warden added nine, while Olivia Lesak and Geneive Berry both finished with four. Grace Marino had three points, Sophia Zinni added two and Ashley West rounded out the CCA total with one point.