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Crusaders earn 5th consecutive win


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INDIANAPOLIS — A Columbus Christian girls basketball team that had to crawl offensively through the first part of the season walked through its opening round regional game of the Indiana Christian State Tournament with a 46-37 victory against Indianapolis Lighthouse.

In a game played at Horizon Christian High School, the Crusaders showed how far they have progressed by winning their fifth consecutive game to move their record to 12-13.

“It was really cool,” Columbus Christian head coach Ron Bridgewater said. “We were kind of back-dooring to the low post. We’ve never run that, but we were able to teach it to them in the locker room (at halftime) in six minutes. To go out and execute was really big. That was what the defense was giving us.”

Bridgewater said Indianapolis Lighthouse packed their defense into the paint in the first half as the Crusaders managed a 21-18 lead.

“We used a high double post and attacked out of that.”

Tori Robinson, who was on the scoring end of several Rachel Warren passes, had a career-high 21 points and Emily Price scored 13 points for Columbus Christian.

“Emily is finishing really strong as a senior,” Bridgewater said. “She has been in double figures (scoring) in four of the last five games and it’s no accident that we’ve been playing better.”

Columbus Christian used a full-court press to hold Indianapolis Lighthouse to five points in the first quarter and four points in the third quarter. However, the Crusaders don’t have the depth to press for long periods of time. “I would pull out of it to give us a breather and that’s when they would get us,” he said.

But being able to shift away from the offensive plan in the middle of the game was a stark contrast for the Crusaders, who earlier this season had a tough time just getting the ball up the court at times. “We really are starting to understand,” Bridgewater said. “We are not being so robotic.”

Columbus Christian moves to the next round at Horizon Christian on Monday night at 7:30 against Bloomington Lighthouse, which has hammered the Crusaders twice this season. “I just told our girls to forget what happened,” Bridgewater said.

Bridgewater also praised the play of Hannah Carlock, his point guard.

“Hannah got knocked all around the floor and you could tell she has done some boxing because she got smacked in the face and kept on going. And they were making defensive changes and she was recognizing it before I saw it.”

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