GIRLS SAC TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS: Routs by South Side, Carroll set up Saturday’s final
The first Northrop-South Side matchup was close.
Friday was not.
Taniece Chapman had 17 points and Shamari Tyson went for 16 as the Archers stayed undefeated with a 78-55 demolition over the Bruins.
On Dec. 15, South Side edged Northrop 64-60 in a battle unbeatens. On Friday, the Archers dominated from start to finish.
What was different?
“The difference today was playing good, disciplined defense,” Chapman said.
Northrop was never able to settle down offensively, turning the ball over 31 times. Many of those turnovers directly led to easy transition buckets for the Archers (14-0).
The South Side pressure has been a problem all tournament long. Through two games, the Archers have forced 64 turnovers.
All was not roses for the Archers. Senior Shamari Jackson exited the game in the second half with a leg injury. She was carried from the floor unable to put any weight on the injured leg.
Senior Mikeba Jones also sat out for South Side.
Carroll will attempt to hand South its first loss of the season in Saturday’s championship at 4 p.m.
Northrop (12-2) was led by Arielle Thatcher’s 20 points.
CARROLL 70, BISHOP LUERS 35: The Chargers made sure the Luers magic did not carry into the semifinals.
A day after upsetting top-seeded Homestead, the Knights were dismantled by a Carroll team that jumped out to a 14-2 lead and led by as many as 41 in the second half.
The Chargers advance to their second-consecutive SAC Holiday Tournament championship game.
“We definitely respected them after that win, I feel everyone should” said Carroll senior Kelli Damman. “We just needed to play our best and know they have a chip on their shoulder as we do. We needed to show we are a better team than them.”
Carroll did that in bunches in the semifinal. Eleven different players scored for the Chargers, led by Damman’s 14 points and Macy Miller’s 10.
Bishop Luers (10-5) was led by sophomore Libby Bierbaum’s 10 points. Kathryn Knapke, who had 24 points in Thursday’s win over Homestead, was limited to seven points.