The Danville Christian girls ended their season with a 45-30 loss Thursday in a Kentucky Christian Athletic Association tournament quarterfinal at Wilmore.
DCA (16-10) shot 27 percent from the field and committed more than 20 turnovers in the loss.
“We pretty much beat ourselves tonight,”¿DCA coach Jamie Middleton said. “(That) makes it hard to beat anyone, especially a tradition-rich program like Lakeside. We tried to make up for our poor shooting by attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line, but we only shot 44 percent on free throws. It was one of those nights where we couldn't get much to go into the basket.”
The Warriors were within 25-20 after three quarters, but Lakeside (19-2), the five-time defending KCAA champion,¿extended its lead at the free-throw line in the fourth.
“We played hard the entire game, not always making the smartest play or the best play, but we played hard. Always playing hard is usually a given with this team,” Middleton said.
Katherine Raines led DCA with 14 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
DCA finished with a winning record for the first time in the program’s five-year history, achieving a school record for wins for the third straight year and reaching the KCAA quarterfinals for the second time in three years.
“Our seniors have taken the program from no wins their freshmen season, rated dead last and getting crushed almost every game, to each year winning a few more games and getting crushed less often to this year where nobody ever completely blew us out — (an) 18-point margin was the widest of the year. All credit to our seniors for transforming this program into a competitive program that everyone can take pride in for years to come,” Middleton said.
Danville Christian 7 12 20 30
Lakeside Christian 10 17 25 45
DCA (16-10) — Katherine Raines 14, Kristen Asmus 5, Shayla Smith 5, Becca Tarter 4, Reagan Weiskircher 2.
LAKESIDE (19-2) — Allie Winkleman 8, Farah Weaver 11, Haley Skidmore 19, Madyson Meadows 3, Devon Wells 2, Emily White 2.