North Caddo shocks previously unbeaten Thornwood to reach Sugar Bowl girls title game
WESTWEGO – Coming off of a Class 2A state championship, North Caddo is going to be a very tough team to beat again in 2019.
Facing an unbeaten power from Illinois Friday afternoon, the Lady Rebs proved they are ready for virtually any challenge.
Destiny Rice scored 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead North Caddo to a 53-44 victory over Thornwood, IL in the semifinals of the Girls Platinum Bracket of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic at the Alario Center.
North Caddo started well, jumping out to a 9-3 and led 13-8 by the end of the first quarter behind seven points from Rice.
The Thunderbirds rallied to tie the game 25-25 in the second quarter before the Lady Rebs took a 29-27 lead into halftime behind 15 points from Rice.
Thornwood opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 34-29 lead but North Caddo closed the quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 37-36 lead going to the final quarter.
The Lady Rebs (18-2) never trailed in the final frame. The Thunderbirds closed to within one point twice but never caught North Caddo.
Jadah Martin had 10 points and was huge at the free throw line, making all eight attempts. The Lady Rebs were 21 of 29 from the line in the game while Thornwood was just 11 of 20 in the contest.
Fantasia Baines had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists while Nayo Lear had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds for Thornwood (15-1).
North Caddo advances to the championship game to take on Germantown, PA Saturday at 5:30. You can watch the game live at CrescentCitySports.com.
Thornwood, IL 8 19 9 8 44
North Caddo 13 16 8 16 53
Nayo Lear 10, Fantasia Baines 10 Jaida Sherood 9, Jaylene Wade 8, Kiah Johnson 7
Destiny Rice 27, Jadah Martin 10, Deanna Stewart 8, Raven Sims 4, Sadie Stewart 2, Asia Brown 2
Thornwood, IL 30, North Caddo 26
Thornwood, IL 26, North Caddo 19
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