STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTO BY WHITNEY JARRELD
Battle Ground Academy’s offense went cold in a 39-25 loss to Providence Christian on Friday.
“We just didn’t have anybody who could step up and knock down the shot,” BGA girls coach Clay Price said. “The biggest thing is we just didn’t score. They did a nice job on the defensive end, but we had some open looks.”
Fourth-seeded BGA (11-15) will face the Franklin Road Academy-Christ Presbyterian Academy loser in the Division II-A District 3 third-place game at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Top-seeded Providence (15-7) will meet the winner in the championship a 7 p.m. Saturday.
Providence held BGA to less than 10 points in all four quarters.
“I’m very pleased defensively,” Providence coach Tata James said. “Our goal is to hold a team to 40 or less. We can be messy offensively if you’re taking care of business defensively.”
Alex Cox and Alia Callum led Providence with nine points each.
Providence went back and forth with man-to-man and zone defenses.
A third-year TSSAA school, Providence is the defending tournament champion.
“We’re no longer the underdog,” James said. “That used to be kind of a game I would play with the kids. That would be our motivation.”
Providence’s Yaubryon Chambers, a 6-foot forward who transferred from Pearl-Cohn, has signed with Vanderbilt.
“In practice, we really stress that defense can win us basketball games when offense isn’t working,” Chambers said. “So I think that just stressing that in practice really showed in the game today. We focused on stopping them from scoring even though it wasn’t always easy for us to score at times.”
Providence swept its third game from BGA.