ST. JOHN | Down by as many as 16 points, Nativity of Our Savior of Portage rallied back and nearly tied game with a 3-point shot attempt in the final seconds of regulation before losing 38-36 to St. Thomas More of Munster in the seventh-grade final of the CYO Girls Basketball Championships held March 17 at St. John the Evangelist School.
Caitlin Haislip led all scorers for St. Thomas More with 28 points, which included a pair of 3-point field goals and a trio of 3-point plays.
In the second half, Nativity was able to neutralize Haislip while shadowing her with relentless double- and even triple-teams while creeping back into the game.
Stacey Barron, who managed to effectively weave around and past Eagle defenders with her cross-over dribble, had 15 points to lead Nativity.
In the eighth-grade final, host St. John the Evangelist finished with a 13-7 surge in the fourth quarter to pull away from St. Mary of Griffith, 35-30.
Korie McCrea led all scorers with 18 points, and Danielle Moynihan added eight for SJE.
St. Mary, which took a 23-22 lead through three quarters after trailing 16-11 at the half, was led by Danielle Tazic (10 points) and Anna Cochrane (8 points).
In the sixth-grade final, St. Paul of Valparaiso defeated St. John the Evangelist, 18-9. Samantha Farrall had six points to lead St. Paul.
In the fifth-grade final, St. Michael of Schererville beat St. Mary of Crown Point, 24-19. Madison Dulski led the charge for St. Michael while scoring 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half.