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Roncalli captures Decatur Central regional


12:00 AM, Feb. 16, 2013 EST

Roncalli High School senior Bridget Perry didn't post any eye-popping numbers on Saturday night.

However, the Purdue-bound Perry took over down the stretch to help the Class 4A No. 5 Rebels clinch a 42-32 victory over Mooresville in the 4A Decatur Central regional final.

"She was making plays like (Indianapolis Star Indiana) Miss Basketball candidate and senior leader she is," Rebels coach April Schilling said. "She usually gets those 50-50 balls and makes the hustle plays."

The 6-2 Perry scored seven of her 11 points in the final quarter, hitting 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute.

Roncalli (24-3) will play No. 2 Bedford North Lawrence (26-0) in the semistate next Saturday at a site yet to be determined. Roncalli's 14-game winning streak is the longest since the mid-1980s.

Both teams were sluggish early in the championship game and the two teams were tied at 16.

"We played a little too amped up in the beginning but calmed down," Schilling said.

Perry said the team picked up its energy in the second half.

"I think our energy was really low after a tough first game," Perry said.

The Rebels had advanced with a 57-46 victory over Brownsburg in the semifinals. Perry led four Rebels in doubles figures with 16. North Carolina-bound Stephanie Mavunga concluded her career with 23 for Brownsburg (20-4).

Against Brownsburg, the Rebels were focused on stopping the ball from getting into the post.

Mooresville (19-5) scores more from the perimeter and drives. The Pioneers struggled, hitting just 3-of-7 from 3-point range.

"So we had to make some adjustments and our keys to the game was to fly out at the shooters and keep them in front. No easy looks," Schilling said. "That's a good basketball team. They're very skilled and fundamentally sound."

Freshman Lindsey Corsaro had six of her points in the third quarter.

"When the pressure is on the lead, she meets the challenge," Schilling said. "She was great down the stretch again, finishing plays."

Corsaro was high for the Rebels with 15 points and five rebounds. Corsaro hit 6-of-9 shots.

"Lindsey was really awesome in giving us that spark. It's really big for a freshman to step up like that," Perry said.

Corsaro said the third quarter has been the key for the Rebels in the tournament.

"Coach told us we had to bring it like we had the other games and we knew we had to come out and get a big lead," Corsaro said.

Lauren McBryar led the Pioneers with 10. Mooresville was hurt by foul problems and Brett Green fouled out 2:46 to go.

Mooresville crushed Connersville 65-34 in the morning's opening game. Brett Green was the leading scorer for the Pioneers with 19 points.

 

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