COLUMBUS — Tessa Chicoine sunk a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, then opened the fourth with another trey.
Moments later, the 5-foot-11 junior added a layup.
Her personal 8-0 run turned a seven-point game into a 15-point advantage and distanced Class C-1, No. 1 Lincoln Christian from No. 7 Scotus Central Catholic as the Crusaders picked up a 46-36 victory Friday at Dowd Activity Center.
“That’s what they do,” Scotus head coach Jarrod Ridder said. “They’re going to make runs, you just got to stick with it and keep fighting and you have to make your own run back at them.”
The Shamrocks (8-4) did make a run back at the Crusaders (11-4), scoring the next seven points after going down 38-23 to cut the deficit back to single digits. But Scotus got no closer than 38-30 as Christian knocked down 6 of 9 free-throw attempts down the stretch.
“We’re not going to quit,” Ridder said. “We started making plays at the end of the game. I give our kids credit for showing grit and sticking together.”
Scotus hung around for the entire first half before a poor third quarter helped the Crusaders pull away.
Chicoine, who scored a game-high 19 points, got off to a hot start, scoring all seven of Christian’s points in the first quarter.
Maggie Feehan knocked down a couple of free throws with eight seconds left in the period to pull the Shamrocks within one at 7-6.
Chicoine opened the second quarter with another bucket to give the Crusaders a 9-6 edge. Scotus scored the game’s next six points to take a 12-9 advantage, its largest of the game.
Five straight points by the Crusaders, including a steal and layup by Creighton commit Chloe Dworak, put Christian back on top by two. The Crusaders carried a two-point lead into the break, up 19-17.
Marika Spencer carried the Shamrock offense in the second period, scoring eight of her team-best 14 points in the quarter.
Ridder couldn’t have asked for anything more from his team in the first half.
“I thought we really executed defensively,” he said. “We took away the 3-point shot, we helped well in the paint and we rebounded really well against their size.”
Christian took control in the third quarter. Dworak opened the second half with a step-back 3-pointer and pair of free throws to give the Crusaders their largest lead to that point, a 24-17 advantage.
The senior finished with 15 points.
Scotus matched Christian point for point after that, but struggled to generate consistent offense in the period.
“They picked up their defensive pressure and caused us to turn the ball over and they came out and hit some shots,” Ridder said. “That’s what good teams do.”
Chicoine’s 3-pointers were the backbreakers.
Bailey Lehr added 11 points for Scotus.
For the second Friday in a row, the Shamrocks dropped a game to one of the best teams in C-1, but both times Scotus played with them.
The next step is winning games against the best teams.
“You just got to continue to prepare and believe you’re good enough to compete with those teams,” Ridder said. “We’re right there, we just have to keep working.”
Scotus has a quick turnaround with a road contest Saturday against Howells-Dodge, the defending Class C-2 state champion.