INDIANAPOLIS — The Columbus Christian varsity girls’ basketball team faced a huge challenge Tuesday in the semifinals of the Indiana Christian State Tournament South Regional at Horizon Christian High School.
The Crusaders fell to No. 1 Lighthouse Christian Academy 68-25.
Columbus Christian (12-14) fell behind early, trailing Lighthouse 19-8 after the first quarter.
The Crusaders continued to battle, showing defensive improvement over the duration of the game. But they never could get into the game.
“We’ve come so far. Early in the season, Lighthouse wouldn’t have even known they were in a ballgame,” Columbus Christian coach Ron Bridgewater said.
“The score was not indicative of how hard we played them. They had to work for every basket.”
Columbus Christian was led by freshman Tori Robinson, who scored eight points and led the Crusaders in rebounding.
“We played as hard as we could, and I feel good about our effort,” Robinson said. “We’ll be back next year and be even better.”
The Crusaders came out in the second half and played more aggressively on the defensive end. Columbus Christian also got a glimpse into its future, as seventh-grader Kyla Foley came into the game and scored five points.
“Lighthouse is a tough team,” Foley said. “I think we played them hard and we had a good game.”
Lighthouse Christian Academy (16-4) was led by Mary Blemker with 21 points and
Ariel Cosens with 19 points. The Lions will face Horizon Christian in the regional final today at Horizon Christian.
For Columbus Christian, it was time to reflect on the season. “To be where we are just two years into restarting the program and with how young we are, it’s incredible,” Bridgewater said. “We’re only losing one player (senior Emily Price) this year. I feel really good about our future.”