Danville drops Attucks in OT to win first regional title

Danville drops Attucks in OT to win first regional title

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Danville drops Attucks in OT to win first regional title

Danville defeated Crispus Attucks 62-56 in overtime to win a regional title.

Danville defeated Crispus Attucks 62-56 in overtime to win a regional title.

DANVILLE – When Attucks opened the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Class 3A girls basketball regional title game with an 11-2 run to take a six-point lead over Danville, the Tigers looked to be in control.

But the host Warriors showed poise down the stretch, forcing several crucial late turnovers to spur overtime. There, Danville pulled away for a 62-56 win and the first regional title in school history.

“It feels pretty good, especially as a freshman, to come out and win it,” said Danville freshman guard Ella Collier, who scored 13 of her team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. She hit 11-of-12 free throws over that stretch.

The Warriors will face top-ranked North Harrison in next Saturday’s semistate, with the location of Jeffersonville or Richmond to be finalized Sunday.

Danville (18-10) led by seven at three different points of the third quarter, but Attucks (20-6) never backed down and trailed by just three, 40-37, entering the fourth. The Tigers opened the final quarter hot, with Lauren Shepherd connecting on a pair of early 3-pointers to help open a 48-42 lead and force a Danville timeout with 4:46 left.

Attucks junior point guard Mikia Keith fouled out with 3:05 left and the Tigers up by five. After that, the team committed four turnovers down the stretch. A pair of Collier free throws with 14 seconds left tied the score at 52 to set up the extra session. Collier was 4-for-4 from the line in OT, as Danville forced two more steals late to hold on for the win.

“Careless with the ball,” Attucks coach Reggen Melson said. “All the things we were having problems with all season were the things that cost us.”

Senior guard Shay Harper led the Tigers with 18 points. Senior forward Chyna McMichel added 17 points and eight rebounds.

Cassie Utley scored 12 for Danville, which had four players reach double figures.

“We knew we had the potential to achieve something like this,” Danville coach Kaley May said. “But to be honest, I didn’t expect this.”

Danville dispatched Sagamore Conference rival Lebanon 61-51 in the afternoon semifinal. Collier scored 23 to lead the Warriors, while Jenna Cowart added 19. Brooke Montgomery led Lebanon (18-8) with 28. Harper scored 25 in Attucks’ 62-50 win over Northview (19-8) in the other semifinal.


Danville 62, Attucks 56, OT

Attucks      8  17  12  15   4 – 56

Danville    11 15  14  12 10 – 62

Attucks (20-6) – Shepherd 3 0-0 8, Keith 2 0-2 5, Hall 1 2-4 4, Harper 7 2-2 18, McMichel 8 1-2 17, Alsum 0 0-0 0, Barnett 2 0-0 4. Totals: 23 5-10 56

Danville (18-10) – Cowart 4 0-2 8, Riggles 4 0-2 11, E. Collier 3 11-12 18, Utley 5 2-4 12, A. Collier 3 5-6 11, Muse 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 18-26 62.

3-point goals: Attucks 5 (Harper, Shepherd 2, Keith 1); Danville 4 (Riggles 3, E Collier 1).

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