Deja vu: OD falls to Canterbury in Caston Regional championship

FULTON — Oregon-Davis put Morgan Township away with an 18-0 run spanning from the end of the second quarter through most of the third to reach the championship with a 43-28 semifinal win, but the Lady Cats couldn’t recover from a slow start against top-ranked Canterbury to fall 64-45 in the title game at the Caston Girls Basketball Regional Saturday.
The Lady Cavaliers started fast with a 25-13 first quarter and built to a 41-24 halftime lead, and OD never got closer than double digits the rest of the way in the loss to their perennial regional nemeses.
“Against a team like that you can’t get down, and we talked about that,” said OD head coach Terry Minix. “We got off to a decent start and then we started missing chippers as well call them, the little inside ones and we were missing our free throws, and it started compounding. When you’ve got a young team — and I know I keep saying young team; before long we’ll have to start calling them a veteran team — sometimes that stuff snowballs a bit quicker than you would like.”
Canterbury put four players in double figures led by Kindell Fincher’s double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bailey Farley and Darby Maggard each put up 14, and Aaliyah Gaines had 12 for the balanced Cavaliers, who won their fifth straight regional championship.
It was the third time in the past four seasons Canterbury has ended OD’s season in the regional championship.
“Take your hat off to them, they’re not number one in the state because they’re from Fort Wayne. They’re number one in the state because they’re dog-gone good,” said Minix.The Cats were paced by 16 points from Ashley Campbell, while Alicia McIntosh finished with 15 and Jesse Avarone put up 10.
OD loses one senior in guard and TCU W.B. Hawkins Award-winner Katie Schwenk.
“Katie wasn’t the best player, wasn’t the tallest player, didn’t get the most rebounds, but Katie was one of the MVPs because she controlled everybody,” Minix said. “She was the old mother hen. She kept everybody settled, kept everybody level-headed. She’s number one in her class, she’s going to be an extremely successful young lady. I tell her mom and dad all the time she’s about the closest thing to an angel I think I’ve ever coached.”
The rest of the Cats are expected to return next year, and Campbell, Avarone and McIntosh are just sophomores. It was a strong showing for OD, which restored itself to championships at the Bi-County Tournament and its home sectional after ending four-year win streaks at both tourneys in 2010-11.
“I told the girls in there we’re going to get better. We’ve got some young kids coming in and these kids are going to get older,” said Minix. “But what I want them to do is go in and put lipstick on their mirror in the bathroom and write the score down with Canterbury on it and have that reminder every time you go in the bathroom and you don’t think you can work any more or you’re getting mad, just kind of look at that to give you some motivation to go out and shoot some shots or whatever the case may be.”
OD closed out the third quarter with a 6-0 run on six straight points by Ashley Campbell, and the Cats held Morgan scoreless for more than seven and a half minutes of the third to cruise to the Caston Regional championship with a 43-28 win in the early semifinal.
“What it came down to was the second half we came out focused the way we should have started the game,” said head coach Terry Minix. “I don’t know if we were reading the newspaper or the internet or listening to mommy and daddy, but we didn’t come out ready to play. You have to take your hat off to Morgan, they were determined and played extremely well.”
Campbell put up a game-best 19 points, while Alicia McIntosh was the only other Lady Cat in double figures with 10 points, and Haley Collings pulled down 11 rebounds with seven points in the paint.
“Ashley is just our floor leader,” Minix said. “The problem is we don’t get her enough time to rest and she tries to take some breaks on the floor, and it doesn’t work out real well for us at times. She’s our most valuable player and all-around best athlete. She’s got to be smart when she’s tired so we can get her some minutes off the floor and get her a little bit of rest.”
At Caston
Score by quarters
OD: 13 24 36 45
Canterbury: 25 41 52 64
CANTERBURY (64): Bailey Farley 14, Kindell Fincher 17, Aaliyah Gaines 12, Emma Hyndman 1, Darby Maggard 14, Madeline Troxel 6, Emma Hyndman 0, Kaithleen Haines 0, Georgia Lea Williams 0; Totals: 19 15-24.
OD (45): Jesse Avarone 10, Ashley Campbell 16, Haley Collings 1, Alicia McIntosh 15, Katie Schwenk 3, Alexandra Stout 0, Kendra Sauer 0, Lincy Jones 0; Totals: 15 7-14 45.
3-pointers: Canterbury 4 (Maggard 2, Fincher 2), OD 8 (McIntosh 4, Campbell 2, Avarone); Turnovers: Canterbury 17, OD 20; Rebounds: Canterbury 34 (Fincher 12), OD 41 (Collings 8); Steals: Canterbury 11 (Gaines 6), OD 4 (Campbell 3); Assists: Canterbury 7 (Gaines 3, Carroll 3), OD 7 (Campbell 5); Fouls (fouled out): Canterbury 15 (none), OD 16 (Campbell).
Records: OD 21-5 (final), Canterbury 23-2.
Score by quarters
OD: 13 22 34 43
Morgan: 8 16 18 28
OREGON-DAVIS (43): Jesse Averone 6, Ashley Campbell 19, Haley Collings 7, Lincy Jones 0, Alicia McIntosh 10, Kendra Sauer 0, Katie Schwenk 1; Totals: 13 12-25 43.
MORGAN TOWNSHIP (28): Katie Bachert 0, Trina Coleman 12, Alison Goetz 0, Ashley Kuder 0, Kaley Lauder 0, Morgan Lippens 0, Courtney Maxwell 0, Sammy Meschade 4, Hannah Murphy 4, Courtney Osby 8, Leslee Rassel 0, Chelsea Truex 0; Totals: 14 1-4 28.
3-pointers: OD 5 (Campbell 3, McIntosh 2), Morgan 2 (Coleman); Turnovers: OD 20, Morgan 24; Rebounds: OD 22 (Collings 11), Morgan 28 (Coleman 8); Steals: OD 12 (Campbell 5), Morgan 8 (Coleman 5); Assists: OD 8 (Avarone 3), Morgan 4 (Coleman, Mescheded, Maxwell, Rassel); Fouls (fouled out): OD 11 (none), Morgan 21 (none).