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WALKERTOWN — The bid of the Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team to play for the North Carolina Christian School Associaton 2-A championship ended one game short Friday afternoon in the Gospel Light gym.
The Lady Chargers, seeded No. 1 from the East Region, were ousted in the state semifinals 64-35 by Alamance Christian, No. 2 from the West.
But with a 17-13 record, Wilson Christian’s season is not over. The Lady Chargers play Union Grove for third place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gospel Light.
Union Grove lost to defending champion Faith Christian of Ramseur. Faith and Alamanace collide Saturday afternoon in a rematch of last year’s title game. Wilson Christian exited in the quarterfinals last season.
Coming off an emotionally draining, last-second quarterfinals win against Tabernacle Monroe on Thursday, the Lady Chargers could not keep pace with an Alamance team that soundly defeated them in both teams’ regular-season finale.
The Lady Chargers trailed 20-13 after one quarter and, by intermission, the deficit had grown to 34-19.
“We hit a wall midway the second quarter and could not recover,” said WCA head coach Brian Trull. “We were right with them five minutes into the second quarter. They went on a little run and you could tell we were out of gas.”
Kendall Harris emerged Wilson Christian’s leading scorer with eight points. Trull lauded Jenna Hunter, his only senior, for her leadership despite battling sickness.
Hailey Ingle fired in a game-high 19 points for Alamance, while Savannah Congdon and Jami Edwards, the only seniors, tossed in 15 and 12, respectively.
Trull, who is assisted by Mitch Hayes, said the Lady Chargers played with two potential starters, Leah Gossett and Ashley Hartsfield, sitting in the stands as spectators because of season-ending injuries.
“I am proud of my senior,” Trull remarked. “She did a great job of keeping us together all season. We overcame a lot of adversity, and I thought we did a good job to get where we were.
“But (Alamance) was a better team this year. We had a hard time stopping their two seniors.”
ALAMANCE CHRISTIAN (64)
Hai. Ingle 19, Congdon 15, Edwards 12, Finncannon 6, Briggs 4, Han. Ingle 4, Barga 2, Pickett 2.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (35)
Harris 8, Tant 5, Vick 5, Barnes 4, Jones 4, Griffin 3, Carnes 2, Hunter 2, Reece 2.
Score by quarters:
Alamance 20 14 12 18 — 64
WCA 13 6 7 9 — 35