Lady Caps fall to Bishop England
A series of errors late in the game prevented Columbia from claiming its first State Championship since 2004 as Bishop England came from as many as ten points down to defeat the Lady Capitals 43-41 Saturday, March 3 at the Colonial Life Arena.
“I’m extremely proud of them. We came a long way,” Columbia coach Bobby Young said.
Norrisha Victrum led the Capitals with 21 points. Dorothy Brown added 12, Alexis Foulks finished with six, and Jarea Myers had two for Columbia.
For the Lady Capitals it was a case of starting fast, but not ending the quarters well. The first quarter was a strong indicator of this. Buckets from Brown, Victrum, and Alexis Foulks helped Columbia build an early seven-point lead. With 2:06 remaining in the quarter, Victrum hit a 3-pointer, and it appeared the Lady Capitals were in complete control with a ten point lead. However, Bishop England chipped into the lead a little, outscoring Columbia 4-2 to bring the deficit to single digits.
The trend continued for the lady Capitals in the second. A bucket from Jarea Myers gave Columbia a ten point lead once again. However, a series of problems on offense, including turnovers, blocked shots, and missed free throws allowed Bishop England to get back into the ball game. A 9-3 run by the Lady Bishops gave the Lady Capitals a 21-17 lead at halftime.
Brown helped build the lead back up for Columbia early in the third quarter. Six points from her in the first two and a half minutes, grew the Lady Capital’s lead to 27-20. The lead was trimmed to two points before Columbia scored again. A nearly two and a half minute scoring drought was ended by Foulks. Victrum and Brown added buckets to push the lead to six points. Once again, though, Bishop England stormed back to trim the Columbia lead to a single point.
The Lady Capitals fought to hold on to their lead in the fourth quarter. Despite falling into a tie with 6:08 left, Columbia was able to regain the lead. However that changed after the 2:27 mark. Victrum hit a pair of free throws at that point, giving the Lady Capitals a 41-38 lead. That would be the last time Columbia scored. Along with Bishop England scoring on their end, a series of blocked shots, and costly turnovers prevented the Lady Capitals from recapturing the lead as the Lady Bishops pulled out the two-point victory and finishing off a perfect season.
For Coach Young it was a surprising season but one in which his team finished a bit short.
“After we got this far, I thought we had a chance to win it. If they had played a little smarter and made a few more big plays down the stretch I think we could have won it.”