Congratulations to Bailey Nosal and her team, the Lady Jackets, for winning the NCCAA championships! Bailey's team would have never made it into the Finals had she not lit up 5 for 6 from behind the arc (3 point shots) during the Semi Finals. When the team was down 37-30 at half time, they ended up winning by 13 because of her up roar.
Former student at Kenston High School and 2005 Graduate, she is now going to Cedarville University. Bailey is now a Junior Sport Management Major.
The story below is a press release of her and The Lady Jackets' games during the NCCAA championships.
NCCAA CHAMPIONS; Lady Jackets win first banner
OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (3-15-2008) - Tournament MVP Alison Lemon totaled 16 points and nine assists to rally the Lady Jackets to an 80-77 overtime victory against Hope International to win the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship. It's the first NCCAA banner in three title game appearances for the CU women's basketball program.
The Lady Jackets held a 34-32 halftime lead, but the NAIA Division I Royals took immediate control early in the second period. They quickly built a double-digit lead and still enjoyed a 62-48 spread with 6:35 left. Cedarville answered with three consecutive three-pointers to finish off a run of ten straight points to get back in it.
It was still a 69-62 deficit with less than two minutes remaining when the Jackets made one final push. Trailing 72-70, Lemon was fouled with 2.3 seconds left and calmly made both free throws to force overtime.
Cedarville, 17-14 overall, never trailed in the extra session. Lemon set up junior center Emily Noble for a lay up at the 2:55 mark to break a 74-all tie that gave the Jackets the lead for good. The sophomore guard then hit two more charity tosses with 8.3 seconds to go to account for the final and Hope, 19-17, could not get off a shot before the buzzer.
Lemon, who re injured her left ankle early in the contest, gutted out her Tournament MVP performance. She was joined on the all-tournament team by junior guard Bailey Nosal, who came off the bench with four three-pointers for 14 points, and freshman forward Aubrey Siemon, who racked up 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Rachel Hurley hit four treys for 12 points while Lydia Miller added 11 points.
Cedarville made a season-high 13 three-pointers including a 9-for-14 showing in the second half. The Jackets also controlled the boards, 50-44, with Noble joining Siemon in double figures with 10 rebounds.