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Girls basketball: Griffith shuts down Gavit for 5th straight sectional title

Updated: March 11, 2013 6:58AM



GRIFFITH — The best word to describe this championship game was “messy.”

But Griffith cut down the nets for the fifth year in a row after the Class 3A Sectional 17 championship game Saturday night, after beating Gavit 40-16.

Both teams had trouble transitioning early in the first quarter. But after 4:05 in the first, Griffith went on a slow 14-0 run with help from senior guard Emma Blackard’s five points (23 total) and additional help from senior Cynthia McInerney and the Griffith defense.

Gavit finally got on the board with 6:46 left in the second quarter, but even after coach Ken Anderson’s timeouts, Griffith’s defense stopped Gavit at every turn. Both teams got into foul trouble in the first half. Gavit finished with 19 turnovers in the first half.

Griffith’s defense continued to shut down Shanika Thronton and the Gladiators throughout the game. Thornton, who has played through sickness throughout the tournament, and the Gavit offense, was held to no points in the first and fourth quarters.

By the end of the game, Thronton contributed seven points, but finished as the leading scorer for the Gladiators. Griffith’s Sammi Adams was Saturday’s leading scorer with 23 points — 21 of those coming in the first three quarters.

It seemed like any time Adams had the ball in her hands she could score and the senior wasn’t going to leave without a win.

Griffith’s other offensive leaders were Blackard, who finished with five points and Taylor Austin, who contributed with four.

Gavit, with only one senior starter, finsihed the season 9-14.

Griffith still has yet to lose a sectional game since 2008. The Panthers will face Plymouth at the Class 3A Rensselaer Regional.



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