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GCA 61, JCD 49; Cougars win first 1A regional (SEILS Webcast)

Shelbyville- For three quarters of Saturday’s second 1A Regional 15 semifinal at Southwestern Shelbyville, it looked like Jac-Cen-Del might pull off the victory against statistically favored Greenwood Christian Academy.  But the Lady Cougars’ outscored the Lady Eagles 24-3 in the final quarter to win 61-49.

This game was part of our Highpoint Health Basketball Webcast Schedule and can be seen again in HD by clicking here.

While coach Scott Smith’s Jac-Cen-Del gals had amassed 21 wins this season, many close games were won in the second half and, more specifically, in the fourth quarter.  But trailing by 12 during the third period and still nine with eight minutes to play, it was GCA who got it done late.  Coach Alan Weems’ Cougars turned up the defensive pressure, forced turnovers and made free throws to oust a JCD team making its 12th straight regional appearance.

The Cougar’ Alexis Mead and the Eagles’ Annabelle Williams put on a long distance shooting display in the first half with four triples each.  Jac-Cen-Del led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter and 30-26 at the half.

JCD got off to a great start in the third quarter and logged a 44-32 advantage after a Dillan Hughes three ball with three minutes left in the stanza.  But, GCA cut the deficit to 46-37 by quarter’s end before dominating the fourth.

Trapping defensive pressure forced seven Eagle turnovers during the closing quarter and the Cougars converted 12 of 15 free throws during the same stretch to turn a nine-point deficit into a 12-point victory.  Izzy Reed made all six of her attempts in the fourth, teammate Savvanah Frye was 3 for 3 at the line with two field goals for seven points while Paige Ledford scored the Eagles’ only three points in the quarter.

For the game, Greenwood Christian Academy was 22 of 29 at the line for 76 percent while Jac-Cen-Del made just 4 of 10 for 40 percent.

Our Southeastern Indiana REMC Power Players of the Game were the Cougars’ Izzy Reed and Alexis Mead.  Reed had a game-high 20 points and netted 13 of 14 free throw attempts.  Mead sank five three balls on her way to 17 points.

Also for GCA, Savvanah Frye and Ellie Bigelow scored 13 and 10 points respectively while JCD’s Annabelle Williams and Paige Ledford booked 16 and 10.

Greenwood Christian Academy (23-5) went on to beat North Central of Farmersburg 74-65 to capture the school’s first regional championship in any sport.  The No. 8 Cougars will meet No. 1 Loogootee (25-2) in the 3 pm game at the Jasper Semi-State on Saturday, February 22.

Jac-Cen-Del ends its season with a 21-5 record which includes a third straight ORVC championship and a 12th consecutive sectional title.  North Central (19-8) came from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat Bethesda Christian (18-7) 56-53 in the first semifinal before falling to GCA in the championship.

Our Highpoint Health Basketball Webcast Schedule is also made possible by: Civista Bank (Website Presenting Sponsor), Bruns-Gutzwiller (Pregame Show Sponsor), Southeastern Indiana REMC (Power Player of the Game Sponsor), Margaret Mary Health (Fall and Spring Sports Webcast Title Sponsor), Willhite Family Dentistry, Whitewater Motor Company, DeVille Pharmacies, The Napoleon State Bank, River Ridge Realtors, Neaman Floral, Ivy Tech Community College and Oyler Family Dentistry.

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