The recurring theme in the loss was offensive rebounds and turnovers.
Led by Katie Cole’s 20 points and 20 rebounds, North Andrew outrebounded Chadwick 58-32 on the glass, including 25 offensive rebounds.
“We knew they were good on the offensive glass, so coming in we made an emphasis to keep them off the offensive boards and win the rebounding battle,” said North Andrew head coach Chuck Fox.
North Andrew also forced 23 Chadwick turnovers, 11 of which came in the first half.
Chadwick recovered from the first quarter flurry, pulling within four, 27-23, midway through the second quarter, eventually trailing 37-30 at the half.
North Andrew started the second half with 10-2 run; putting Chadwick in a hole they wouldn’t recover from.
After scoring 15 first half points, Chadwick senior Maddie Hursh was held scoreless in the third quarter, haunted by fouls and defensive adjustments by North Andrew.
“Slowing her down in the second half was a key,” said Fox. “The shot doesn’t look the best in the world but she can shoot it. Autumn Hughes did a great job on her in the second half not letting her get great looks at the basket.”
North Andrew received a game-high 23 points from Danielle Chambers, while Kensey Edwards added 10. Hailey Stevens and Kailyn Rozell joined Hursh in double figures for Chadwick with 14 and 10 respectively.
For the second year in a row the Lady Cardinals find themselves in the Class 1 third-place game.
Although it’s not where they want to be, Hursh knows it’s time for Chadwick to get focused on tomorrow’s game.
“We’ve got to put this game aside and move on,” said Hursh. “Losing this game is hard; we had a goal of winning a state championship. Now we have to face the facts and realize that we have a different goal now.”
Chadwick will take on Marion County, an 86-25 loser to Walnut Grove, at 11 a.m. in Friday’s third-place game.
North Andrew will play defending state champion Walnut Grove Saturday at 11 a.m. for the Class 1 state championship.
North Andrew 67, Chadwick 53 Chadwick – 11-19-11-12 – 53 North Andrew – 16-21-20-10 – 67 Chadwick: Maddie Hursh 18, Hailey Stevens 14, Kailyn Rozell 10, Zena Hicks 4, Shayna Adams 5. North Andrew: Danielle Chambers 23, Katie Cole 20, Kensey Edwards 10, Autumn Hughes 6, Brinsley Oliver 6.
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