HEBRON — In one eight-minute stretch, the Danville Blue Devils saw their dreams of a district title dissolve into oblivion.
The Fairfield Christian Knights outscored Danville, 16-4, in the third period to take the lead for good. Despite the Devils’ best efforts, Fairfield Christian prevailed in Wednesday’s district semifinal at Lakewood High School, 42-36, ending Danville’s season.
Even though Danville had the lead througout the first half, including a 21-16 lead at the break, there were signs that the end was near.
Fairfield Christian shot just 4-for-22 (18.2 percent) in the first half. Danville effectively shut down every weapon the Knights had except one. The team’s top scorer, senior Kirsten Dewese, was getting to the line. Again, and again. Dewese went 6-for-6 from the line in the first half, 13-for-14 in the game.
Also, the Blue Devils couldn’t get rebounds. As a team, Fairfield Christian had 20 offensive rebounds over the first three quarters, versus Danville’s two. Dewese, Emily Sullivan and Rochelle Tedrow combined for 30 rebounds in the game.
“We didn’t really do a good job defensively,” said Danville head coach Shane Henry. “Sometimes, we would lose people. Then, we’d give up second shots. Sometimes, they get it in their minds that it will be easy, and it’s not.”
Offensively, Danville found three-point opportunities and took them; the Devils went 3-for-7 from the arc in the first half, with Kate Walls hitting two of them.