We are here at the Memorial Coliseum covering today's action in the 35th Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball Championships. We'll be bringing you the day's events with continuous updates during the action.
If you'd like to chat with us during the game, you can find me on AIM at smallweb56. Looking forward to a great day of games!
Both teams are out on the floor warming up with about 12 minutes to go before pre-game business and tip-off. Although it's early in the a.m. for basketball, both teams look like it's all business.
Nice crowd here from both Rivet and Canterbury.
Time for tip-off folks. Let's hope it's a good one.
Starting lineups underway. Canterbury will be the home team in white, with Rivet in purple.
#00 Becky Pedro
#20 Paige Wells
#21 Cassie Kreiger (daughter of Coach Scott Kreiger)
#33 Tabitha Gerardot
#34 Madison Moyle
#3 Chelsea Meeks
#14 Cassandra Brock
#21 Erin Wehrheim
#22 Sara Young (daughter of coach Tim Young)
#44 Emily Montgomery
We are underway. We'll be giving updates on the breaks.
First time out, 3:12 left first quarter. Rivet is relentless on defense and it's paying off. They hold a 9-4 lead over the Cavaliers, with Brocksmith leading with 4 points. Time to regroup for Canterbury.
Time out :32 in the first. Rivet continues to keep the pace fast and is harassing the Cavaliers on the boards and the perimeter, which is working for them. Too many turnovers for FW right now. Rivet leads 13-8.
First quarter in the books. Rivet maintains a 13-8 lead while Canterbury continues to play catch up. Fouls are 1-4, Canterbury-Rivet.
Wow, Rivet is definitely the smaller team, but they are rebounding with heart. O boards are definitely a positive in Rivet's game right now.
Time out 3:50 2nd quarter. Canterbury has come alive in the 2nd, closing the gap to 2 points, 18-16 Rivet's favor.
Halftime, Rivet up 25-23. A couple of huge threes late by Sara Young of Rivet kept Canterbury at bay during some big pushes by the Cavaliers. Shooting percentage in the second quarter really improved for Canterbury after a dismal 3-13 first quarter. Official stats soon.
Second half is underway. I'll have to update stats after the game as i need two more arms and another head to actually do this! BTW, Canterbury takes the lead 26-25.
First timeout in the second half. Canterbury has stretched the lead to 4 points on some aggressive moves to the basket by Pedro and Gerardot. Cavaliers are up 37-33, and Gerardot leads all scorers with 10 points.
End of the third, Canterbury leadig by 4, 44-40. Huge 3 again by Sara Young to keep the Patriots within closing distance. Both Young and Montgomery with 3 fouls, but that shouldn't make a difference heading into the fourth. But they will need to be smart. Young leads all scorers with 12 points.
Final stanza is getting underway. Anybody's game at this point.
Sorry for the lack of updates. Been dealing with some tech issues.
Just 36.6 seconds left and Rivet will have to come up with some stellar defense to come back from a 4-point deficit, but there is time. They are a scrappy bunch. Canterbury has been making a living at the FT line, but it is because they are attacking.
Doesn't look good for Rivet. A 6-point gap with 17.8 to go.
Huge 3 by Meeks to get Rivet within 3. Just 3.7 on the clock, but it's not impossible. A key inbounds coming up for Canterbury. They need to just get it in to run out the clock.
Canterbury wins 69-65 behind 27 points, 12 rebounds 4 assists, 3 blocks and 5 steals from Tabitha Gerardot, our MVP of the game. Gerardot was also named the mental attitude award winner.
Our 1A all-tournament team:
Tabitha Gerardot, MVP -Canterbury - 27 pts, 12 reb, 4 ast, 3 blk, 5 stl
Chelsea Meeks, Rivet - 18 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 5 stl (11-12 ft)
Sara Young, Rivet - 15 pts (5-10 3pt), 4 reb, 4 ast
Cassie Krieger, Canterbury - 14 pts (5-5 ft), 4 reb
Paige Wells, Canterbury - 10 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 6 stls
Canterbury's Tabitha Gerardot blocks the shot of Rivet forward Casandra Brocksmith. Gerardot finished with 3 blocks in the game.
Rivet's Casandra Brocksmith (left) and Chelsea Meeks (right) apply the pressure on Canterbury
guard Paige Wells.