LEXINGTON – Its senior leader battling foul hassle and junior star nursing a leg damage, the Ryle High Faculty women basketball workforce received huge games from its position players to advance to the state championship recreation.

Brie Crittendon scored 19 factors and Juliet McGregor added 15 points and 7 rebounds to steer the Raiders to a 55-forty three victory on Saturday in a Sweet 16 semifinal at Rupp Area.

Crittendon entered the sport averaging 11.4 factors per recreation, and McGregor was averaging 7 factors per outing. Both helped the Raiders overcome 31 % capturing (thirteen of 42).

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During a time-out, Ryle head basketball coach Katie Haitz tells Ryle forward Austin Johnson to field out within the championship recreation of the Women Louisville Invitational Event.
03 February 2019 (Photograph: Special to Courier-Journal by David R. Lutman)

“It simply exhibits what we’re all able to,” McGregor stated. “Lots of people underestimate what everybody is able to do. I feel you’ve seen all through these first three video games, someone else has stepped up differently than you perhaps haven’t seen in earlier video games. That’s something actually great about our workforce.”

Ryle (32-5) ran its profitable streak to 10 and superior to the state remaining for the primary time in program historical past. The Raiders will face the Southwestern-Male winner at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hannah McKay scored sixteen points to steer Owensboro Catholic (29-8), which couldn’t overcome its 20 turnovers.

“We acquired beat by a very good workforce,” Aces coach Michael Robertson stated. “Ryle is superb and has two nice players, and (McGregor) had a fantastic recreation. She was a difference-maker within the end result.”

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Ryle senior Lauren Schwartz, a Rice signee, was limited to seven minutes of action in the first half after picking up three fouls but finished with 16 points, six steals, four assists and four rebounds. Junior Maddie Scherr, the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year, was 1 for 12 from the field and scored just 3 points.

Raiders coach Katie Haitz said Scherr is battling a leg injury but is confident she will play Sunday.

“We’re going to act as if everything is good and she’ll be right there with us,” Haitz said. “She’s a tough kid and wants to be there for her teammates. We’ll see how things go tonight and go from there.”

Owensboro Catholic’s Sarah Beth Clemens hit two free throws with 3:19 remaining to pull the Aces within 43-41, but it was all Ryle from there as the Raiders scored 12 of the final 14 points.

All 12 points came from the free-throw line, where Ryle finished 27 of 32 from the game. Meanwhile, Owensboro Catholic committed four turnovers in the final 2:11.

“They were trying to execute our plays, and maybe we had people in the wrong places that didn’t execute it exactly how we wanted it,” Robertson said of the late turnovers. “But they played hard. I really…