LAGRANGE — Going into the class 2A Prairie Heights girls basketball sectional not many probably had Churubusco at the top of their lists for winning a title.
However, after a emotional semifinal win over the host Lady Panthers, the Lady Eagles carried their hopes to a title shot.
Churubusco (7-14) took its longest winning streak (four) in more than a decade into the championship Saturday night.
Waiting for them was a team that beat them in the season opener 53-25 and four-time defending sectional champion Garrett (22-2).
Despite winning the most games since 2005 (seven) and rebuilding a program, Churubusco had its Cinderella run end in the title game to a high-powered Lady Railroaders team 75-28.
Over the course of the last decade, Garrett has won nine sectional championships — with 2006 being the exception.
The Railroaders reached the finals averaging a 31-point margin of victory over its first two postseason opponents (Eastside, Central Noble).
Scoring 21 points in each of the first two quarters against Churubusco had Garrett off to another blowout victory 42-13.
Four Lady Railroaders scored in double figures with Meagan Getts 7-for-12 (58 percent) from the field for a game-high 18 points.
After being held to two points in the third quarter, ’Busco fell behind 61-15 before putting up its biggest scoring number in the fourth quarter with 13 points.
Junior Heather Monk has led the Lady Eagles throughout the postseason. Monk followed up a 16-point performance against Prairie Heights with a team-high eight points.
Churubusco finishes the season with three more wins than a season ago. The Lady Eagles stand at 11-30 in two seasons under head coach Jamie Perlich.