Springfield High takes a dirt nap at hands of Irish
Ursuline's 68-30 victory set up a Saturday afternoon game with Brookfield.
By JOHN BUTERA
HANOVERTON -- We all know who is buried in Grant's Tomb.
Thursday, the Springfield High girls basketball team found out what it's like to be buried by Grant.
Led by their "all-everything, soon-to-be Division I college player" Tyra Grant, Ursuline made it look easy against the Tigers, jumping out to a 12-0 lead before coasting to a 68-30 win.
The victory puts the Irish (18-4) in Saturday's 2 p.m. district final at United High School against Brookfield (18-4).
"It's always our goal to win the district, but our main goal is to get to state like we did our sophomore year," said Grant after scoring 24 points and pulling down six rebounds.
Grant scored six points in the opening spurt. The Irish led 6-0 before Springfield could get the ball to midcourt.
"That start really hurt us," Springfield coach Sandi Kohler said. "I mean we're down 10 and then they are up 30 before we knew it. And their defense -- it was exceptional."
Springfield ended period one on an 8-2 run to trail 14-8. But in the second quarter, when the Tigers would score on a foul shot, Ursuline would answer with a 3-pointer.
The Tigers scored just one basket in period two as the Irish built a 29-14 lead.
"We started slowly last Thursday," Ursuline coach Sean Durkin said. "So we wanted to start off with a good effort.
"The thing I'm happiest with now is our defense," Durkin said. "This is where we were hoping to be. Hopefully we're peaking at the right time."
One minute before intermission, Grant scored seven points, including a pair of free throws with just two tenths of a second left.
By halftime, Grant had 17 and Ursuline had the game 36-14.
"I'm the player that scores and does this and that," Grant said. "But it's the rest of the team that takes us to the next level. That big lead was very important for us as it put them in a hole and made it hard to dig out."
Ursuline, which made 13 turnovers, had a 29-18 edge in rebounds.
Ten Irish players scored, including Vannessa Dickson with 12 and Mary Hendricks with nine.
Brittany Armour topped her team in rebounds with seven while Danielle Crafter pulled down six. Hendricks hit three of Ursuline's six 3-pointers.
Christy Warren, who had both Tigers' 3-pointers, topped her team with nine.