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The Shawnee News-Star
  • SGU rally comes up short against No. 4 LCU

  • No. 4-ranked Lubbock Christian staved off a fierce St. Gregory's rally in the second half, securing a 70-58 win Thursday at Oklahoma Baptist’s Noble Complex to advance to the semifinals of the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament.
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  • No. 4-ranked Lubbock Christian staved off a fierce St. Gregory's rally in the second half, securing a 70-58 win Thursday at Oklahoma Baptist’s Noble Complex to advance to the semifinals of the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament.
     
    The second-seeded Lady Chaps saw a 19-point halftime lead shrink to five but stemmed the tide late to win for the sixth time in seven games.
     
    LCU's Kelsey Canavan led all scorers with 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting. SAC Freshman of the Year Ayrionna Taylor led the Lady Cavs with 15, and Leticia Silva scored 13 for SGU.
     
    "The girls gave it their all, and that's all I ask for," said SGU coach Herman Burge. "They kept battling, but we fell just short. I told them at halftime that they only had 20 minutes left in their season, and that's all I really needed to say to get them motivated."
     
    The Lady Chaps held a 46-25 advantage on the boards, proving to be a difference-maker in a game decided down the stretch. LCU had 20 offensive rebounds and turned them into 19 second-chance points.
     
    SGU shot 52 percent during its second-half rally after managing only six field goals in the first 20 minutes. The Lady Cavs held the top shooting team in the NAIA to only 44 percent from the floor for the game.
     
    The Lady Chaps led 34-15 at halftime.
     
    SGU got it going in the second half, making its first three shots during an 8-2 spurt to cut it to 36-23. The Lady Chaps extended it back to 18 after an Emily Atkins 3-pointer at the 16:11 mark, but the Lady Cavs responded again — this time via a 19-6 run to cut it to 51-46 with just more than eight minutes remaining.
     
    A Kalie Lucas driving layup and Heather Anderson free throw capped that run.
     
    LCU finally curbed SGU's momentum, scoring the game's next seven points.
     
    "I'm very proud of the way the girls battled all season," Burge said. "They had opportunities to quit, but they never did."
     
    SGU concludes the season at 12-19. Seniors Silva and Anderson played their final games as Lady Cavaliers.
     
    Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director.
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