Piccolomini leads Goretti over Clear Spring

January 05, 1997


Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Sophomore point guard Jen Piccolomini had 27 points, including four 3-pointers, and eight rebounds to lead St. Maria Goretti to a 51-41 victory over Clear Spring Saturday in a high school girls' basketball game.

Piccolomini scored all 10 points during a 10-4 second-quarter run that help the Gaels stretch a 19-8 advantage to a 29-12 halftime lead.

"Jen Piccolomini is an excellent leader both on and off the court," St. Maria Goretti coach Gary Carter said. "She can shoot the ball from all over the floor."


During the first quarter, Clear Spring (1-9) committed 11 fouls. The Gaels (6-5) responded by sinking 11 of 16 foul shots in the period. Piccolomini made six of her nine free throws and had the Gaels' only field goal en route to a 13-6 lead.

"We just committed too many silly fouls in the first quarter," Clear Spring coach Karen Strait said. "We gave them all but two of their points in the first quarter on foul shots and we can't do that."

Piccolomini added eight more points during the third quarter to help St. Maria Goretti increase its advantage to 46-17.

Allison Palank and Kristy Divelbliss finished the game with eight points each for the Gaels. Kirsten Logan had seven rebounds.

"We still need to work on a lot of fundamentals," Carter said. "We also have to learn how to react in certain game situations. We'll be playing against some tough teams like Martinsburg and Jefferson in the Apple Valley League."

"We are starting to show some improvement with our foul shooting," Carter added. "For a first-year program, the girls are learning pretty fast. It will just take a little bit more of game experience to get better."

Jessica Jones led Clear Spring with 13 points. Holly Aleshire had 11 rebounds and eight points. Katie Baker added eight points and three assists.

The Blazers outscored the Gaels 24-5 in the fourth quarter.

"We should have pressed a little bit earlier," Strait said. "We started to get things together during the fourth quarter. We have to be able to play good for all four quarters, and not just one."

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