Canterbury Comes Up Short In 2A Title Game (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

March 8, 2014 Updated Mar 8, 2014 at 11:07 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (IHSAA) - The Heritage Christian Eagles enjoyed a return to glory with a 64-61 victory over the Fort Wayne Canterbury Cavaliers in the Class 2A state championship game.

Sydney Hall scored 17 points, Tyasha Harris added 14 and Taylor Hall had 13 to lead the Eagles, who grabbed the victory in a closely contested game. Heritage Christian hit 22-of-44 field goal attempts (50 percent) while holding the Cavaliers to 17-of-51 (33.3 percent).

It was Heritage Christian's first appearance in the state title game since 2009, when it became the first school in Class 2A to win four consecutive crowns. Capturing their fifth state championship in 2014 gave the Eagles the second-most in state history along with Canterbury.

With 5:45 left in the game, Heritage Christian took a nine-point lead, 47-38, when Allison Schofield connected on a 3-pointer. However, Canterbury persevered down the stretch. And with 1:02 remaining, Kindell Fincher's two free throws cut the margin to two, 56-54.

Darby Maggard's three-point play and Alexa Habig's 3-point shot kept Canterbury in range in the final minute. But Heritage Christian closed out the win with eight free throws over that span.

Coach Rick Risinger's Eagles, ranked first in the girls coaches' poll, finished 27-1. Risinger's fifth state title gave him the lead in Indiana girls basketball.

Fincher led Canterbury with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Maggard scored 20. Katherine Smith had 10 points.

Canterbury was playing in its third straight state championship game and first in 2A after moving up a class due to the Tournament Success Factor. Coach Wayne Kreiger's Cavaliers, ranked third in the coaches' poll, finished 20-5.

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