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Blackhawk Girls Defeat Daleville in Opening Round of Sectional
February 12, 2014Cowan High School
COURTESTY OF THE MUNCIE STAR PRESS
Cowan lost by double digits in both of its regular-season girls basketball matchups against Daleville, so coach John Skinner decided to throw a new wrinkle at the Broncos by switching from man-to-man defense to a match-up zone.
The decision paid off as Cowan took a nine-point lead into halftime and withstood a Bronco rally towin 31-28 Tuesday in the opening round of the Class A Southern Wells Sectional.
Mikayla Craig missed a potential-game tying 3 at the buzzer for the Broncos.
“It was in, out, hit pretty much everything on the rim and rattled out,” Daleville coach Jeff Wickersham said. “Credit Cowan. They started off strong and their defense was pretty solid on (senior Brandi) Granger all night.”
Skinner said he decided to play a match-up zone to try to contain the Daleville all-time leading scorer. The Blackhawks held Granger to just 3-of-15 shooting, although she scored a game-high 13 points.
“Granger is a handful,” Skinner said. “It was really key to slow her down. We frustrated her early.”
Daleville rallied in the second half and took the lead in the fourth at 26-25, but Cowan answered back as freshman Carli Skinner sank four free throws in the final 1:30.
Carli Skinner paced the Blackhawks with 11 points. Pressley England and Breann Ault shared game-high honors with 11 rebounds for Cowan.
The Blackhawks (7-12) advanced to play host Southern Wells on Friday in the semifinals. Daleville finished with a 4-15 record.