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By Glen Miller
Calumet High School’s girls basketball team had its season stopped quicker than expected as Sentinel held off a fourth-period rally for a 51-46 win in the quarterfinals of the Class A, Area I, Region B Consolation Championships.
Calumet dropped to 16-11 on the season, losing two straight games in the postseason without leading scorer Micha Snyder.
“We had a slow start and just dug too deep of a hole. We just didn’t play with intensity until it was too late,” said Calumet head coach Tyler Snowden.
“It was a very disappointing finish to a season that was starting to have promise. We played much better after Christmas and we had some good wins including a three-overtime win for the conference championship. But these last two games robbed us of all sense of accomplishment.”
Calumet fell behind 18-7 after one period, getting four points from Taylor Epperson and three from Ashli Richardson. Sentinel used an 11-8 scoring edge in the second period to take a 29-15 lead into the break.
Calumet got two points each from Rachal Littlebird, Kaley Spoon and Allison Eaton in that second period.
The Chieftains chipped away at the deficit with a 10-7 run in the third period led by Richardson and Katie Percival with three points each.
Calumet made the game close in the fourth period with a 21-15 break, led by Richardson’s 12 points and four from Littlebird.
Richardson led Calumet’s attack with 18 points, four steals, three rebounds and an assist. Littlebird closed with eight points, five steals and four caroms. Spoon was close behind with seven points.
Percival chipped in six points, six boards, two steals and two assists to go along with five points and two boards from Epperson. Eaton added two steals and a rebound to her totals.