Raiders grab sectional title; Jeep streak halted

Photos by Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald
The Raiders celebrated their win in the locker room after the Class 3A girls basketball sectional semifinal at Alice Arena in Vincennes on Saturday. Southridge defeated Washington 41-40.

From Herald Staff Reports

Southridge completed its impressive run of close-game sectional survival, while Northeast Dubois' state-best sectional streak was finally halted Saturday as Dubois County teams were on opposite ends of five-point finishes in girls basketball sectional championships.

In the Class 3A championship at Vincennes Lincoln, Kayla Voegerl coupled a game-high 21 points and four assists, Aubrey Main gathered 14 points and 10 rebounds, Kadie Dearing surged for seven points in the third quarter, Sydney Altmeyer snatched nine rebounds, Kendyl McKeough swiped two steals and Southridge's lone senior Paxton Combs corraled Vincennes Lincoln's final 3-point attempt to secure the Raiders' 46-41 victory over host Lincoln at Alice Arena.

In notching the ninth sectional title in program history, the Raiders (16-5) finished the game on a 9-3 run, committed just one turnover in the second half and outrebounded the Alices 37-21. The win marks Southridge's first sectional crown since 2007, and the Raiders earned the title by earlier edging Jasper 48-44 and Washington 41-40. Southridge will stay close to home for next Saturday's regional, facing No. 7 Madison (16-2) in the regional semifinals at Jasper.

In the Class 1A championship at Wood Memorial, Northeast Dubois was sailing toward another title before Wood Memorial stormed back from 13 points down in the final 5:25 of regulation and handed the Jeeps a 62-57 overtime setback.

Emily Lueken scored a team-high 18 points for Northeast Dubois and came within an eyelash of delivering another sectional crown to the Jeeps in dramatic fasion. With 4.9 seconds to play in regulation and the game tied, Lueken brought the ball the length of the floor and lofted a one-handed shot from about 25 feet. The shot swished through but officials waved it off, ruling it came after the horn.

The Jeeps (14-8) struggled late against the feisty pressure of Wood Memorial (14-9), committing 23 turnovers, including six in the final 4:30 of regulation. Northeast Dubois had won 11 straight sectional titles, the longest active streak in the state.

These stories will be updated in Monday's Herald.


Aubrey Main's free throw with 0.9 seconds remaining capped Southridge's 41-40 comeback win over No. 9 Washington in Saturday afternoon's Class 3A girls basketball sectional semifinals, as the Raiders secured a spot in tonight's sectional championship against host Vincennes Lincoln.

Southridge burned the game's final 1:20 on its last possession before Main was fouled beneath the basket with less than a second to play. She hit the first of two free throws, and after Washington grabbed the second shot's rebound and callled timeout to draw up a final play, the Hatchets' 3-point attempt fell short.

Southridge's Kadie Dearing scored during the Class 3A girls basketball sectional semifinal at Alice Arena in Vincennes on Saturday. Southridge defeated Washington 41-40.

"I'm still shaking a little bit," Main said. "I knew I had to step up and I knew I had to hit it, but I knew I couldn't let the crowd affect me so I didn't say anything, I didn't talk to anyone, I didn't look at anyone. … I kind of had to control myself and relax and knock it down."

The Raiders (15-5) and Alices (11-11) will tip off at 8 tonight.

Main paced the Raiders with a game-high 14 points while also collecting seven rebounds. Kadie Dearing supplied 12 second-half points as the sophomore, who battled first-half foul trouble, orchestrated a personal 10-0 run part way through the third quarter as the Raiders fought back from a 22-12 deficit with 5:47 left in the third quarter.

The Hatchets (17-4) were led by junior Cheyenne Jones (13 points, nine rebounds) and 1,000-point scorer Ally Hunsinger (13 points), who was guarded by Dearing for most of the contest. Hunsinger, who was guarded by Dearing for most of the game, missed all six of her free throw attempts.

In the Class 1A sectional at Wood Memorial, Northeast Dubois crushed Cannelton 65-23 behind 20 points and 14 rebounds from Rachel Breitwieser. Ten of the 11 Jeeps who played scored as Northeast Dubois (14-7) reached tonight's championship against host Wood Memorial. The Trojans (13-9) thumped Tecumseh 61-42 in Saturday's second semifinal.

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