Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Concordia’s C.C. Calloway dribbles through traffic in the second quarter of Thursday’s SAC Holiday Tournament semifinal against Bishop Luers at Wayne.
Michelle Davies | The Jouranl Gazette Bishop Luers' Katelynn Gray looks for an open player as Concordia's CC Calloway guards her in the second quarter of Thurday's SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne High School.
Michelle Davies | The Jouranl Gazette Concordia's Carissa Garcia looks for an open player to pass to as Bishop Luers' Janalya Bright guards her in the second quarter of Thurday's SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne High School.
Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Bishop Luers' Dori Javins concentrates as she brings the ball past the defense of Concordia's Rhaya Kaschinski in the second quarter of Thurday's SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne High School.
Michelle Davies | The Jouranl Gazette Bishop Luers' Katelynn Gray works her way around the defense of Concordia's CC Calloway guards her in the second quarter of Thurday's SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne High School.
Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Concordia's CC Calloway goes up the basket with Bishop Luers' Libby Bierbaum looking to block the shot in the second quarter of Thurday's SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne High School.
Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Bishop Luers' Ashlynn Gray runs the ball down the court with Concordia's Carissa Garcia guarding her in the first quarter of Thurday's SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne High School.
Friday, December 28, 2018 1:00 am
SAC Holiday Tournament
Cadets stave off gritty Knights
Score final 6 points after Luers rallies to advance to semifinal
VICTORIA JACOBSEN | The Journal Gazette
(All games at Wayne)
Homestead 51, Bishop Dwenger 39
Snider 67, Concordia 62
Carroll 51, Wayne 46
Concordia 42, Bishop Luers 28
Homestead 77, Snider 36
South Side 68, Northrop 50
Semifinals: Snider vs. Northrop, 10 a.m.; Homestead vs. Carroll, noon
Final: 7 p.m.
In the final seconds of the first quarter, Concordia's Carissa Garcia stole the ball, raced down the court, drew a foul while tossing in a layup just as the buzzer sounded and added a free throw.
Despite that attention-grabbing play, Bishop Luers (7-6) stayed close to Concordia (12-2), and it wouldn't be until a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter that the Cadets shook off the Knights and secured a 42-28 victory in the quarterfinals of the girls SAC Holiday Tournament on Thursday at Wayne.
“Basketball is a game of runs; they had runs, we had runs,” said Garcia, who finished with 15 points.
“Ultimately, our defense, I feel like that's what made the difference. We got stops, and they didn't get stops.”
The Knights pulled within two points during the third quarter, but a 3-pointer by Elle Fritcha and another 3-pointer by Nautica Rogers – on her first attempt from beyond the arc this season – gave Concordia a 34-23 lead.
“And she doesn't need to shoot anymore, that's OK,” Concordia coach David Miller said with a laugh after the game.
That lead was stretched to 13 when Rogers stole the ball, was fouled while shooting and hit both of her free throws.
“I thought we played a lot better in the second half,” Miller said.
“We started getting the ball inside a little bit better, to Nautica, and that really helped us. Defensively, I was pretty pleased most of the game.
“First half, they brought the ball up the floor really well in transition, and I didn't think we got back really well. Second half was a little bit better.”
Even down 36-23 in the fourth quarter, the Knights refused to wilt.
Dori Jarvins had a steal and hit two shots to pull the Knights back within eight points, but Garcia and Rogers took charge once again, combining to score six unanswered points to seal the game.
Rogers was the game's leading scorer with 19 points. Jarvins and Anna Parent each scored eight for Bishop Luers and Katelynn Gray had seven.
“Definitely, we need to get a little bit better at figuring out that box-and-one,” Miller said when asked what his team learned for the next time they will face the Cadets, which will be Jan. 4.
“We need to screen a little better, and get people open. We need to get other people to make plays and attack a little bit more, which we didn't do a real good job of during the course of the game.”
Concordia advances to Saturday's semifinal against South Side.
“I think we performed really well,” Garcia said. “The first half was a little shaky, but the second half we came out, we came together as a team and we executed offensively and defensively, and that made the difference.”