By Chris Zadorozny
It wasn’t a great start for the Inter-City Baptist Chargers, but they made it interesting in the third quarter against Plymouth Christian. Unfortunately for Inter-City, it couldn’t sustain that momentum and fell to the Eagles 40-37.
Inter-City was down early at the end of the first quarter, 10-6, and really didn’t have much offense going. The locals were down 20-10 at the half, but an adjustment during halftime helped them comeback to within just two points of the Eagles in the late stages of the third quarter.
“We just started to execute better, and played much better defense. Defensive intensity, we knew was going to be big for us again, defensive rebounds. We started to get our way back into the game, we stopped giving up offensive rebounds,” said Inter-City Coach Nathan Chatfield.
Unfortunately for the Chargers, they couldn’t recapture any of the momentum that they had, and the Eagles took off in the fourth quarter.
“So the momentum swung back the other way, and they started getting offensive rebounds. We cannot execute the way we want to if we don’t get offensive rebounds,” said Chatfield.
Leading the way for the Chargers, sophomore Karalynn Goering had 12 points, six rebounds and a steal. No other Chargers player was in double digits, but junior Makayla Thoune had four points and six rebounds.
As for the Eagles, senior forward Rachel Smith scored 20 points and contributed six rebounds, and freshman Rachel Witkowski had 12 points.
Inter-City will lose seven seniors this offseason, but will bring back a nice core, including Thoune and Goering
“It’s going to be a different-looking team. We’re graduating seven seniors, so it’ll be a different look, but we’ve got some good young talent coming up so I think the future is bright,” said Chatfield.
Despite the early playoff loss, Chatfield believes this season was a success. “We started off a little bit rough. Had a real rough patch there in the middle of the season, but the last six-seven weeks, the girls have been playing their best basketball and we said at the beginning of the year. I’d be proud of them if they met their potential, and I think we were very close to that.”
Plymouth Christian will play Baptist Park on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Baptist Park.