LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The 2014 state tournament has been smooth sailing for the Central Catholic Knights girls basketball team.
Their closest game coming in to play on Saturday was a 10 point win against Attica in the opening round of sectional play.
It’s about to get a lot tougher, as the Knights are now two games away from a state championship.
Last year’s trip to semi-state saw them fall by 24 points to Fort Wayne Canterbury, an experience that boosted their confidence for this year’s match-up against the top-ranked team in Class-A, Oregon-Davis.
“Playing there last year gives us a lot of confidence because we played on this floor before. They weren’t there last year and we were. So, it’s nice to have that advantage,” said senior guard Emily Denhart.
Known for a pressing style of play, Oregon-Davis won its two regional games by a combined margin of 71 points.
“We’ll have to know definitely how to break their press, how to work off their defense, they’re a great defensive team. Also, we’re gonna have to know how to stop them, they have a five solid players and a lot of subs that come in,” said sophomore guard Cameron Onken.
“They’re kind of like an NBA team. They get in one or two passes and a shots going up. They want to set up their press so than can get transition baskets. I know they’re leading the state in scoring,” said head coach Craig DeVault.
The Knights have a special scorer of their own in Denhart, who recently scored her 1,000th point and knowing that Saturday could be the final time she dons a CC uniform, provides motivation for the entire squad.
“Emily’s a great leader for our team, she comes out strong every game and we can rely on her when we need her,” said junior guard Emily Burks.
“She’s our only senior and everyone’s looking up to her. She’s a great kid, a special kid, I think everybody wants to win it for her,” said DeVault.
If the Knights can hold the high-scoring Bobcats to around fifty points. Coach DeVault thinks his squad will have a good chance of reaching the state finals.