Dayton Christian ends third-seeded Indians' season

02/29/2012

MONROE — Dayton Christian’s Lisa Weber entered Monroe High Tuesday night armed with a big game reputation.

Unfortunately for the Carlisle High girls basketball team, the 5-foot-9 senior guard more than lived up to the hype.

The third-seeded Lady Indians saw one of the best seasons in school history come to a stunning halt after Weber scorched the nets for 35 points to lead the fifth-seeded Warriors to a 57-41 triumph in girls Division III Sectional basketball action.

“In the span of 22 games, you are bound to have a few games like this and it so happened we chose to have a bad game against a team with a player as talented as (Weber) on it,” Carlisle coach Randy Glover said. “Give Dayton Christian credit, they are a team that executed better than us. They hit shots, we didn’t.”

Weber nailed six treys in the first half. And when Megan Tolson banked in a three at the first-half buzzer, the Indians found themselves trailing 32-18 at half.

“The girls said they were ready and we came out hot,” DC coach Paul Orme said. “We shot the ball well, but our defense was great. Defense wins games and tonight our team defense was very good.”

The Indians (19-3) cut the deficit to 10, but the Warriors were able to break Carlisle’s scrambling press with easy baskets.

“We talked at halftime about having to extend our defense and that is not our style,” Glover said. “ We would make mistakes and when you have a Lisa Weber, the other team can make you pay for those mistakes.”

The Indians were led by senior Alexis Murphy’s 15 points and nine rebounds while Morgan Thomas chipped in 13 points and five boards. Also playing their final games for Carlisle were: Allison Sturgis (four points, five rebounds); Jessica Allen (five rebounds); and Allyson Campbell (eight points, five rebounds).

“If you would have told me before the year we would go 19-3, I would have said thanks. If you would have told me we would win a tourney game, I would have said thanks,” Glover said. “I am happy our seniors were able to have a great season.”

Megan Tolson had 13 points and dished out six assists while Brianna VanNoy pulled down eight rebounds for Dayton Christian.

The Warriors (16-5) advance to the Sectional finals at 4:30 p.m, Saturday at Monroe against top-seeded Madison.

“We’re ready for Madison. We want to play them,” Orme said. “It is a good opportunity and we are excited to have it.”