Goose Creek falls in semis of Carolina Invitational

  • Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 9:34 p.m., Updated: Saturday, December 28, 2013 9:35 p.m.
Goose Creek's Alishya Neal-Turner brings the ball downcourt during the semifinals of the 2013 Carolina Invitational Girls Holiday Tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Bishop England. Paul Zoeller/Staff Buy this photo

Bullitt East 47, Goose Creek 37

By Greg Hutton

Special to The Post and Courier

Goose Creek will not be one of the Lowcountry teams playing for a title in the 3rd annual Carolina Invitational Tournament.

Just over 24 hours after dispatching Pinewood Prep in opening-round action, the Gators lost an Island Division semifinal game to Bullitt East, 47-37, on Saturday at Bishop England's Father O'Brien Gymnasium.

"It was a good atmosphere for us to be in as far as seeing what we can do against a real good basketball team," said Goose Creek coach Tim Baldwin. "We came up a little bit short today as far as the scoreboard is concerned, but I felt like we learned a lot."

While the Chargers, of Mount Washington, Ky., will play for the eight-team Island Division title Sunday against Northwestern, the Gators will meet Spartanburg in the third-place contest at 12:30 p.m.

Goose Creek (8-2) held an 8-6 lead after one quarter and, despite problems coping with Bullitt East's high-pressure defense, built a 5-point cushion midway through the second stanza on Semoine Frasier's acrobatic layup.

But a 7-0 run to close the half, which included a Mackenzie Bass put-back with three seconds on the clock, provided the Chargers with a 19-17 lead heading into the locker room.

Despite holding Bullitt East (7-2) scoreless for the first five minutes of the third quarter, the Gators again found themselves trailing by two points entering the final frame. All 11 of the Chargers' third-quarter points were scored in the last three minutes.

Goose Creek pulled within one point with 5:27 left in the game but were outscored 14-5 down the stretch, which sealed the win for Bullitt East in a contest that featured six lead changes.

Freshman guard Lindsey Duvall recorded a game-high 19 points for the Chargers, who cruised past Summerville, 64-27, on Friday.

Shakeia Joy (9 points), Ryan Bishop (7) and Frasier (7) led the Gators' well-balanced scoring effort.

"I think we could have had some better sets on offense, but I thought of defensive intensity was high, and give (Bullitt East) credit - they made plays," Baldwin said. "Down the stretch, they knocked down a big three. When we fouled them, they made free throws. And they didn't give us a chance to dig back in."

The Chargers made 13 of 14 from the charity stripe, while Goose Creek struggled to a 13-of-24 effort.

"The biggest thing is our depth," Baldwin said. "We're playing about seven deep, not nine or 10. Right now we're looking for a third or fourth post player to step up."

Bullitt East (47): Lindsey Duvall 19, Taylor Blain 9, Mackenzie Bass 8, Emily Fryman 4, Alyssa Peak 2, Courtney Pfister 2, Raegan Williams 2, Kirstie Henn 1.

Goose Creek (37): Shakeia Joy 9, Ryan Bishop 7, Semoine Frasier 7, Alex Ludwig 5, Ericka Broughton 4, Mariah Linney 4, Alishya Neal-Turner 1.

Bullitt East 6 13 11 17-47

Goose Creek 8 9 11 9-37

Records: Bullitt East 7-2, Goose Creek 8-2.

Next: Bullitt East vs. Northwestern at 2 p.m. Sunday in Island Division championship game. Goose Creek vs. Spartanburg at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Island Division third-place game.

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