GRC advances to LaRosa title game

Published 1:11 am Friday, December 30, 2016

Unlike the quarterfinal game of the LaRosa’s Holiday Classic, the George Rogers Clark High School girls basketball team didn’t jump out to an early lead.

This time, the Cardinals had to rally. After trailing by three at halftime, the Cards used a strong fourth quarter to come away with a 55-48 win over Highlands in the semfinal, advancing them to the championship game today against host Conner High school.

Despite falling behind early, the Cardinals (11-1) tied the game at 41 at the end of the third quarter, then used a 14-7 run to put the Bluebirds (8-3) away.

Elizabeth Hardiman and Kennedy Igo each scored 13 points to lead GRC in the win.

Shemaya Behanan added 11 points. Hayley Harrison put in seven points while Jasmine Flowers scored six.

Jenna Martin scored a game-high 24 points to lead Highlands, but no other Bluebird managed double figures.

Conner (9-2) awaits at 3:30 p.m. today. The Cougars reached the final by edging Lafayette, 58-55 Thursday.

Casey can be reached at casey.castle@winchestersun.com.