CCS's Henry Hits Game Winner In Division II-A Playoff Thriller

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Addie Henry and Emily Huesman go a for a loose ball in the first half.
Addie Henry and Emily Huesman go a for a loose ball in the first half.
- photo by Greg Davick

The Lady Chargers of CCS won a thriller Tuesday night against Providence Christian Academy in the first round of the Division II Class A state tournament.  

Visiting Providence scored a go ahead bucket to take a 38-37 lead with 16 seconds left but the Lady Chargers answered with a game winning runner by Addie Henry with six seconds.  The swarming CCS defense was too much for the Lions as the clock ran out. 

Henry finished with 16 points and Kate Dirkse had 13.  

CCS head coach Laura Cottrell knew her team was ready for the final shot in a close game. 

"Their experience was a huge factor,"  Cottrell said. "The close games we have played over the past three years and especially the last week allowed them to stay focused when we were down by one in the final seconds.   We got the ball out quick and down the floor and took a great shot.  Then quickly jumped into the press and they couldn't inbound the ball in the final seconds."  

Providence took an eight point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Lady Chargers began to chip away at the lead.  A Kate Dirkse three in the corner brought her team and the home crowd alive.  The CCS full court defense limited PCA's chances late in the game.   

Cottrell continued, "They were composed and knew what to do in the final seconds," she said. "I think that is what I am most impressed with and it shows the growth in them in just a season.  I am so proud of these girls and what they have done.  It is truly a blessing to be on this journey with them." 

Dirkse scored 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter including 3 of 4 from the free throw line.  CCS hit 10 of 18 free throws as a team. 

CCS advances to the quarterfinals and will play top seeded Northpoint on Friday in Memphis.  

Scoring Summery: 

CCS 12 7 7 13 - 39
PCA 14 11 7 6 - 38

CCS (39) Henry 16, Dirkse 13, Blevins 3, Pruitt 3, Davick 2
PCA (38)  Edmonds 13, Donley 8, Markham 7, Jones 4, Bevins 3, Callum 1

Three pointers: CCS 3 (Blevins 1, Pruitt 1, Dirkse 1); PCA 2 (Edmonds 1, Bevins 1) 



PREP SCHEDULES

FOOTBALL   FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Brentwood Academy at Baylor Boyd-Buchanan at Chattanooga Christian McMinn Co. at Bradley Brainerd at Signal Mountain Howard at Central Cleveland at Maryville Heritage Copper Basin at South Pittsburg Sequoyah at East Hamilton Anderson Co. at East Ridge Grace at Ezell Harding ... (click for more)

UTC Football Hosts No. 17 Samford Saturday

The Chattanooga Mocs (3-0) football team hosts No. 17 Samford at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22.  This is the annual Academic Night, where all UTC student-athletes who posted a 3.0 or higher in the spring semester are honored prior to the 7:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) kickoff. Saturday's game is sponsored by the hard working men and women of Iron Workers Local 704. With exemplary ... (click for more)

Judge Collier Denies New Trial For Ex Pilot Travel Centers President Hazelwood; Did Not File Within 14 Days Of Verdict

Federal Judge Curtis Collier has issued a 48-page order denying a new trial for former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood. He said initial Hazelwood attorney Rusty Hardin of Houston, Tex., did not follow federal rules of filing notice of an appeal within 14 days of the verdict. Judge Collier also denied a request by Brad Henry, the new Hazelwood lawyer, for time ... (click for more)

Juvenile Shot On East 14th Street On Friday

A juvenile was shot Friday evening on East 14th Street. The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 6:45 p.m. to a person shot in the 2000 block of East 14th Street. Upon arrival, Officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Hamilton County EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. Members of the Violent ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (4)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

The Saturday Funnies

Before we get into this week’s edition of The Saturday Funnies, I want to share a fun chunk of information that we can have a lot of fun with tonight. Our pals at the website timeanddate.com were good enough to pass along the fact today marks the September Equinox. And – get this -- if you play this right, it will be just like the farmer says: “On the field of opportunity, it’s ... (click for more)