Newport–In girls action, the United Christian Academy Crusaders fell behind early to the Cabot Huskies, by a score of 12-7 at the end of the first and by 20-9 with 2 minutes to go in the half before UCA began to claw back.
A pair of Hannah Piette baskets and a 2 by Whitney Carter cut the score to 20-16 heading into the break.
The run continued in the 2nd half as Sydney Whipple connected from the left baseline and Laura Libby launched a long 3 to give the Crusaders their first lead of the contest 21-20. After going 1 of 2 at the line, Christina Maxwell pushed the lead to 9 at 31-22 with just over 2 minutes to go in the 3rd. The Huskies closed the gap to 31-29 at the end of 3 quarters of play, setting the stage for a wild 4th quarter.
Piette and Libby pushed the spread to 7 at the half way point of the period. Cabot’s Maylilly Robinson cut the score to 39-35 after picking the ball off at mid-court and taking it coast-to-coast for the lay in with 90 seconds on the clock. Robinson would strike again connecting on a long 3 point attempt, and it was 39-38, with 20 seconds to go.
After a UCA turnover the Huskies would get two prime chances to win the contest, but they would not fall, sealing the victory for the Crusaders.
Hannah Piette led the Academy with 19 points and Sydney Whipple pulled down 20 rebounds. Laura Libby had a double-double for UCA with 12 points and 14 boards.
Maylilly Robinson was Cabot’s high-scorer with 16.
“It’s so good to get these girls the feeling of victory again,” an ecstatic Coach Sarah Roy said after the contest. “It got frantic in the closing seconds, but we are not used of trying to burn the clock.”
UCA’s record stands at (2-15) on the season and they will play 2 more games on the road against these very Huskies. The will take to the court again on Tuesday with a 6:00 tip-off.
In the boy’s contest, the Crusaders were at a disadvantage by suiting up only 5 and playing the contest to its entirety with no subs.
After a first quarter of play that saw each side trade the lead back and forth, Chris DelaBruere connected on a buzzer-beating turn-around 3-pointer while falling out-of-bounds, to put UCA on top 12-9 heading the 2nd.
The Huskies opened the frame on a scoring tear to take the lead at 20-9, but the resilient Crusaders battled back and with 1 minute to go in the half they took the lead on a Paul Saaman put back. Chris DelaBruere would hit another 3 at the buzzer to send the game to the half with the Academy on top 24-22.
Cabot opened the 3rd on another run, building a lead 31-24, but it didn’t last. Mitchell Roy’s jumper from the right elbow put UCA back on top 32-31 and the team wouldn’t look back. Jon DelaBruere used a hook shot inside to stretch the lead to 39-35 and Dale Martell’s 2 sent the game to the 4th quarter at 41-38.
Every time the Huskies would try to make a run in the 4th, United Christian countered. As the final buzzer sounded, a jubilant crowd celebrated a 53-46 win, in the final boy’s game of the season.
“I’m proud of the boys for the intensity they showed and our ability to win the contest with just 5 players,” said Coach Tony DelaBruere. “This was the perfect way to end our season.”
Chris DelaBruere was the game-high scorer for UCA with 25 points, Paul Saaman added 13, and Jon DelaBruere chipped in with 9.
Cabot was led by Bradley Lapane with 11 points.
United Christian Academy finishes their season with a record of (5-15) and they will not compete in the Division 4 Playoffs.