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Women's Basketball caps off their amazing season with the 2013 National High School Invitational Tournament championship

National Tournament Champions!!
4/6/2013 10:24:00 PM

Hannah Schaible scored 19 points, Matea Britvar poured in 16 and Sydnei McCaskill finished with 15 as Women's Basketball pulled away convincingly in the second half for a 62-45 victory over Archbishop Spalding (MD) to capture the National High School Invitational Tournament championship. For four-year starters Schaible, McCaskill and Stephanie Ratliff, it was the culmination of the greatest run in DP Women's Basketball history: four Final Four appearances, three State Championships, three NHSI appearances and two national titles. It couldn't have ended any better and there was no chance it would have ended any other way. DP (31-3) jumped out to a five-point lead in the first quarter and looked to be in command when McCaskill drove in for a layup and the foul but Spalding, who has now fallen to DP twice in the last three years on the national stage, nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer from half-court for a 14-13 lead. That was their first and last lead of the game. DP's defense inside, led by Ratliff and Ionna McKenzie, was suffocating, forcing Spalding to shoot more than they wanted to from outside. At the outset of the second quarter, Matea Britvar buried a three from the right edge to tie the game at 16-16 before Hannah Schaible scored six of DP's next eight points for a 24-20 lead at the half. The third quarter was all DP as they outscored Spalding, 17-8. Layups by Jade Cheek and a circus-like underneath layup from Schaible highlighted a 6-0 run that put the Panthers up by ten, 30-20. Britvar sank another three at the 3:58 mark and Sydnei McCaskill drove a spike through Spalding's spirit with a long three for a 15-point lead, 37-22, with 3:02 left in the third.  DP's 13-2 run frustrated the top-seeded Cavaliers and they tried to compensate with more physical play. It didn't work. The Panthers hit their free throws with consistency and continued to demonstrate why they are the only team in the history of the tournament to win two national titles: teamwork, teamwork, teamwork. Off a defensive rebound, McCaskill moved the ball up the court and the Panthers fed each other four crisp passes that resulted in a wide-open layup for Schaible and a 41-28 lead heading into the fourth. The final period saw Spalding surge for a 7-0 run to cut the DP lead to six points but Matea Britvar quieted a hostile home crowd with a three from the right side, and drew the foul as well, to push the lead back to ten, 45-35. Sydnei McCaskill added more frustration for the Cavaliers, driving in the lane for the layup and the foul for a 48-35 lead and DP pulled steadily away. The quarter belonged to McCaskill and Schaible as the two seniors combined for 11 consecutive points, including a breakaway layup by McCaskill off a perfectly threaded bounce pass from Schaible between two defenders that gave the Panthers a 56-39 lead. With less than two minutes to go, Schaible picked up a steal and found a wide-open Matea Britvar for a layup and a 19-point lead, the largest of the game. After Kyla Allison and I'munique Green scored a pair of buckets and the final seconds ticked down, coach Anthony Jones and the ladies hoisted the National Tournament trophy high in the air and as the national TV audience can attest, their season-long mission was accomplished. Outstanding work and an even better representation of Dr. Phillips High School from the players and coaches. Great day to be a Panther!

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