Bishop Chatard Girls Basketball Wins Sectional Title

Grant Millman, Sports Editor

The Bishop Chatard Girls Varsity Basketball team defeated Heritage Christian 65-58 to claim its second sectional title. This win was the third against Heritage Christian this season, including an impressive victory to win the City Championship, ending Heritage Christian’s streak of 16 straight championship wins.

After losing to Heritage Christian in a four overtime battle in last year’s sectional final, BCHS had a lot to prove coming into this season, knowing there was a possibility of facing this Heritage team three times.

“We wanted to prove everyone wrong and show we can beat them three times,” said senior guard Zakia Rasheed. “We had to lose to them last year in 4OT to feel what it felt like to be so close, and we didn’t want to feel that ever again and that fueled us into believing we can beat them this season.”

The Trojans capitalized on a hot start to the game, gaining an early lead. Chatard had control for the majority of the game, not allowing Heritage to gain momentum. Although eventually letting Heritage cut into their lead in the fourth quarter, BCHS never let go of it, cementing themselves as the sectional champs.

Although not able to win back-to-back sectional titles a year ago, the determined Trojans made up for it by winning this year.

“Winning sectionals and redeeming ourselves after last season was a year-long goal for our team,” said senior Julia Knight. “It felt great to win this year because we know that all of our hard work paid off and we can’t wait to see what else we can accomplish in the next couple of weeks.”

In addition to advancing to regionals with the win over Heritage Christian, senior guard Moira McGinley became the all-time leading scorer in school history. Moira surpassed 1,352 points in her Chatard career, and looks to add to that total throughout the tournament.

For the seniors on the team, this is the last opportunity to make a run in the state tournament. After not making the run they were hoping for a year ago, this year the girls look to advance even further.

“Being a senior, it can be really scary not knowing if your season will end abruptly or not. We wanted to play every game like it was our last,” said Rasheed, who will continue her basketball career at the University of Akron next year. “Winning sectionals was a huge goal for us, and I’m so proud that we accomplished it.”

The Lady Trojans will begin regionals at noon on February 13, when they travel to Greencastle to take on Brownstown Central. With success, they will play for a regional championship later that evening, hoping to advance to semi-state with a win.