Lady Builders’ run ends

Published 7:45 pm Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Apprentice School women’s basketball head coach Keith Stagg of Suffolk helped engineer one of the most successful seasons in the team’s history this year, but Friday saw it come to a close.

Concordia College Alabama defeated the Lady Builders 75-70 in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championship semifinals in Uniontown, Pa.

The game featured six ties and five lead changes. The Apprentice School jumped out to an early 14-7 lead, but Concordia ended the half, up 37-25. The Lady Builders’ final rally put them up 63-62 with 3:03 left in the game, but then Concordia rattled off 10 straight points for a lead they never gave up.

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Former King’s Fork High School player Julissa Riddick had a productive game for the Apprentice School with six points, five rebounds, four steals and an assist.

In 27 games of her freshman year with the Lady Builders, Riddick averaged 4.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 18.7 minutes per game.

Stagg led the Lady Builders to a 22-5 overall record this year. This was the first time they had advanced to the USCAA semifinals since 2006.