CHRISTOPHER — Christopher took the early lead and built upon it to beat Woodlawn, 41-16, and win its second straight title at the Christopher 1A girls basketball regional Thursday.
"We wanted to jump on them from the start and play up-tempo and whenever we do that we have success, and tonight was evidence of that," said Christopher coach Sieger Shurtz. "We close out pretty hard on the shooters and we’re long and lanky when it comes to that, so I think our defense was part of the reason they had a bad shooting night."
Christopher (17-8) will take a four-game winning streak to the Woodlawn Sectional where the Lady Cats will play Meridian Monday at 7:30 p.m.
"Defending our regional title was the goal, so now the goal is to take it one step further and grab a sectional for the first time in program history," Shurtz said.
Courtney Hoppers led Christopher with 10 points and seven rebounds with Megan Wilson adding nine points, four rebounds and a steal and Maddie Gossett eight points, six rebounds and three steals.
"We came out with a lot of energy," Hoppers said. "Usually we don’t start off really well and have to dig ourselves out of a hole, but our defense was tough from the start and that helped get our offense going."
Woodlawn (15-14) had a tough night shooting making only 6-of-43 from the field, including 2-of-20 from beyond the arc. Leading scorer Taytum Murdock coming off a thumb injury was held scoreless going 0-for-10 from 3-point distance before leaving the game for good in the third quarter.
"Despite not shooting well we were down by only 11 at the half, so we had some opportunities and couldn’t take advantage of them," said Woodlawn coach Matt Patterson.
The game got off to a slow start with the first points not being scored until there was 4:32 left in the first quarter. Callie Young scored the first basket and 27 seconds later Wilson scored a layup and a free throw to give Christopher a 5-0 lead.
Christopher maintained that lead until Madison Tiemann hit a 3-pointer with a minute left to cut the lead to two heading into the second quarter.
After shooting 2-for-11 from the field in the first quarter, Christopher found its shooting eye hitting 5-of-6 from inside the arc to take an 11-point lead at the half.
The Cardinals shooting woes continued in the third quarter hitting just 1-of-10 shots and scoring three points on a 3-pointer by Bella Brumbaugh at the 3:18 mark. The Cardinals didn’t score again until Felicity McKee scored with 1:16 remaining in the game.
In the 3-Point Showdown, Eldorado sophomore Allie Whittington led the field with 10-of-15. Also advancing were Hasty, Murdock and Kassidy Rizor from Galatia.