Cascia Hall topples Lincoln Christian
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
1/09/13 at 4:49 AM
Reagan Derr said she knew as soon as the ball left her hand that it wasn't going to be a pretty shot.
The Cascia Hall junior guard was as surprised as anyone when her third-quarter 3-point attempt slammed off the glass and dropped through the basket Tuesday night.
"I thought it was gonna be an airball or hit off the backboard, so it was a surprise when it went in," she said. "When I looked at the bench, everyone was laughing."
Derr's basket gave her teammates a laugh and a lift. It seemed to ignite the Commandos, who dominated the final 1 1/2 quarters in racing to a 60-39 win over Lincoln Christian in a battle of ranked girls basketball teams in the Lincoln gym.
"We have a saying when that happens: 'The bank is open,' " senior forward Jaime Rahilly said with a chuckle.
The 6-foot-2 Rahilly had 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots and Derr added 15 as the 4A No. 6 Commandos improved to 11-2. Shanna Vogt scored 19 to pace the 3A No. 6 Bulldogs (7-4).
Cascia, coming off Saturday's 43-40 win at 3A No. 11 Tahlequah Sequoyah, led 30-26 at halftime and 33-28 before Derr's 3-pointer ignited a 13-4 run that carried the Commandos to a 46-32 lead after three quarters.
Cascia kept pushing until it led 57-36 and both coaches emptied their benches without about three minutes left.
Abby Jordan chipped in 10 points for the Commandos, who got only eight points from University of Tulsa signee Liesl Spoerl. The team's scoring leader, Spoerl was held out of the starting lineup by head coach Lindsay Rodgers after missing the Sequoyah game because of illness, but she played most of the final three quarters.
Said Rahilly: "We did a good job of not letting the bar drop, and I feel we meshed together and played really well as a team when (Spoerl) came back in there."
Cascia Hall 48, Liberty Christian 42 (boys): The Commandos ran off 10 straight fourth-quarter points, rallying to sweep the season series from the Bulldogs, whom they defeated 52-50 in December.
Adam Outlaw hit the go-ahead jumper with 4:30 left and assisted Patrick Kaltenbacher's basket on the next trip. Kaltenbacher drove and dished to Will Daugherty for a jumper from the left wing, and Saxon Bryant's basket made it 44-37 with 2:27 left.
Lincoln answered with Drew Delk's 3-pointer and Nate Landers scored as he was fouled, cutting the deficit to 44-42 with 48 seconds left. But Landers couldn't complete the three-point play, and Outlaw's foul shots at the other end made it a four-point game.
Kaltenbacher had a game-high 19 points as the Commandos (4-7) broke a three-game losing streak and gave Lincoln (4-7) its fifth straight loss.
Delk and Landers had 10 each for the Bulldogs.
CASCIA HALL 60, LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 39 (girls)
Cascia: J. Rahilly 19, Derr 15, Jordan 10, Spoerl 8, Stagg 6, Hart 1, M. Rahilly 1.
Lincoln: Vogt 19, Brown 10, Wagnon 6, Tuggle 2, Ward 2.
CASCIA HALL 48, LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 42
Cascia: Kaltenbacher 19, Outlaw 9, Daugherty 7, Carter 5, Bryant 4, Hedrick 2, Cole 2.
Lincoln: Delk 10, Landers 10, Moriarty 6, Starr 6, Jones 5, Young 3, Wilson 2.
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Cascia Hall's Reagan Derr goes up for a layup as Lincoln Christian's Abigail Scott tries to defend it during Tuesday's girls basketball game at Lincoln Christian. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World