Crunch time did not belong to Carlisle High School’s girls basketball team Wednesday night, and that’s how its season ended.
Dayton Christian grabbed control of the Division III sectional semifinal in the fourth quarter, pulling away from a 24-all tie at the third stop to post a 44-37 victory at Covington.
It was the sixth straight tournament-opening defeat for the Indians (10-13), who haven’t won a postseason game since beating Cincinnati Christian on Feb. 18, 2012.
TUESDAY SECTIONAL COVERAGE
“We didn’t play hard enough tonight,” Carlisle coach Randy Glover said. “We had a lot of opportunities before the fourth quarter to do better things, and we just didn’t play up to our potential. Whatever it was … the long layoff from the end of the season, the long trip up here … the bottom line was we didn’t play well enough to win.”
Abby Erisman led the 12th-seeded Indians with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Caitlyn Stewart scored 9 points on a trio of treys, and Christa Harris had 5 points and 10 boards.
“I felt like we just couldn’t get anything going, like we were stagnant,” said Erisman, a junior forward. “I think our hearts just weren’t in it tonight.”
The Warriors (14-9), seeded 11th, got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Camryn Collinsworth, 16 points and nine boards from Kiana Klein, and 9 points and seven caroms from Casey Darkow. They were the only three DC players in the scoring column.
Collinsworth poured in 15 fourth-quarter points after Klein tallied 14 in the first three periods.
“We really focused on bringing the ball out a little higher and actually pushing it low, and getting the ball low did a whole lot better for us in the fourth quarter,” Dayton Christian coach Paul Orme said. “We settled for a lot of outside shots early in the game.”
Orme admitted feeling a bit anxious when the contest was all even heading into the last stanza. He praised the leadership of his two seniors, Darkow and Klein.
“They were like, ‘We’ve got to win this. We’re winning this. We’re right in this game,’ ” Orme said. “They were just determined, and everybody else rallied around them.”
Glover said Carlisle’s game plan was to double down on Collinsworth and Darkow in the post and try to keep Klein from driving to the basket. It worked relatively well until Collinsworth exploded down the stretch.
Orme said the Warriors will need to have a strong inside presence in their sectional final against top-seeded Versailles at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Covington.
The 23-1 Tigers, the Associated Press state poll champions, buried Northridge 85-13 in Wednesday’s first game.
“You know what? We want to play them,” Orme said. “We’ve talked about that. It’ll be a good test for us. We’re ready to fight.”
Wednesday was a night of mixed emotions for Erisman. She was a Warrior last season, but her family moved to Carlisle, prompting her transfer from Dayton Christian in the fall.
“I was definitely a little bit nervous tonight,” Erisman said. “I have some really good friends over there, so it was fun playing against them. But I definitely miss playing with them too.”
The Indians are only losing two seniors, Harris and Savannah Parrish. Glover said he’s optimistic about the future of the program.
“We have solid players already here, and we have some good young players coming up,” he said. “We’re going to take our 10-13 record and build on it.”
Dayton Christian 9-7-8-20—44
CARLISLE (10-13): Caitlyn Stewart 3 0 9, Christa Harris 1 3 5, Maleah Cotton 1 0 2, Abby Erisman 3 4 10, Cami Glover 2 0 4, Savannah Parrish 2 0 4, Abby Goodpaster 1 0 3. Totals: 13-7-37
DAYTON CHRISTIAN (14-9): Casey Darkow 2 4 9, Camryn Collinsworth 6 7 19, Kiana Klein 7 1 16. Totals: 15-12-44
3-pointers: C 4 (Stewart 3, Goodpaster), D 2 (Darkow, Klein)