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Mar 12, 2011 2:22 AM by Lee Douglas

ECA girls win - Rye girls fall in 2A semifinals

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Abby Dorman scored 23 points and No. 4 Evangelical Christian Academy used a 7-0 overtime run to beat No. 1 Sedgwick County 63-58 in the Class 2A state semifinals Friday night.

ECA's Sydney Bost hit a jumper from the wing as time expired to tie the game at 54-54 and force the four-minute overtime period. The Eagles (24-2) went on a 7-0 run to start overtime, then held off a Sedgwick County rally to earn their 14th consecutive victory.

ECA built a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars went on a 12-4 run to take a 53-52 lead with 25.9 seconds remaining.

Laura Beckman led the Cougars with a game-high 27 points.

In Friday's other 2A semifinal game Tori Mortensen scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the second half as No. 7 Sanford continued its Cinderella run through the 2A state girls' basketball tournament with a 45-34 win over No. 3 Rye.

A day after knocking off No. 2 Akron, the Indians (21-4) used a stingy defense to limit the Thunderbolts (22-4). Sanford outscored Rye 13-7 in the second quarter to take a 25-18 lead into the locker room and outscored the Thunderbolts in both second-half quarters.

Rye stayed close late via the 3-pointer, but clutch free throws down the stretch helped Sanford pull away.

The Indians will face No. 3 Evangelical Christian Academy (23-2) in Saturday's championship game at Massari Arena on the campus of CSU-Pueblo.

Shadae Brodie led Rye with 15 points, and Sarah Pigg added 11.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)





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