"After this performance, the big challenge is to pick ourselves back up and come back tomorrow."
The Gaels (14-15) will face Mercersburg at 5:30 in today's second round. Mt. Zion (22-1) will face Oak Hill Academy (23-4) - a 67-41 winner over St. James in Thursday's tournament opener - tonight at 8:30.
After Logan's basket tied Thursday's game at 6-6, Tracey McGrady sliced through the defense to ignite the game-breaking run. McGrady, a 6-foot-8 guard, scored eight of his 15 points during the spurt, which featured scoring by seven Mt. Zion players.
Jamie Rice finally broke the drought for the Gaels (14-15), scoring the first basket of the second quarter. But Mt. Zion scored the next six points and 15 of the quarter's final 17 to take a 52-16 lead at the half.
"Looking to tomorrow, everybody thinks about Oak Hill," Mt. Zion coach Joel Hopkins said. "They've had such a good program over the years. They've got some guys that can play and they've got a great coach in Steve Smith."
Kyle Logan led Goretti with 22 points, five steals and five rebounds.
In the tournament opener, Dee Tolliver scored 15 first-half points as Oak Hill raced to a 31-16 lead by intermission. The Warriors scored the game's first 14 points, holding St. James (6-12) scoreless for the first 6:13 of the contest.
Tolliver, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, finished with a game-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers. Attila Cosby added 17 points for the Warriors and William Avery scored 11.
Sophomores Larry Scott and Danny Brewington led St. James. Scott scored 19 points and Brewington added 15 .
"We just wanted to stay within striking distance and give ourselves a chance," St. James coach Wayne Ridenour said. "We kept it close for a while, but they're just too darned good."