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Gaels march by Saints

December 15, 1998

Gaels over SaintsBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Correspondent

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




ST. JAMES - St. James girls basketball coach Ted Camp summed up the game like this: "There's no place to go but up."

With team leader Kirstin Logan watching from the bench with an ankle injury, St. Maria Goretti smothered the overmatched Saints for a 47-5 victory Monday night.

"I started a feshman and four sophmores today against a great team," Camp said.

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"We represented the school well, we went out and worked hard, Right at the end the kids were still throwing themselves on the floor, and as a coach, that's all you can ask."

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Goretti used the early offense by senior center Brianne Hamilton to establish the tone for the evening. Hamilton scored the first six points of the game on a 17-foot jumper and two layups, and finished the first quarter with 10 of her game-high 16 points.

"She was ready to play," Goretti coach Gary Carter said. "She had that look... I watched her warm up, and she was ready to go out and play."

Kourtney Logan hit a running floater in the lane to give St. James its first two points at the 3:12 mark in the first quarter.

They would be the only two points the Saints would score until Erika Garrott buried a 3-point bomb at the final buzzer.

"We were outgunned today. I teach history... it was like the U.S. versus the Iraqis in the Gulf War," Camp said. "We knew coming into the game these girls were older and bigger, physically more mature... they put the zap on us."

Despite the final score, Carter saw things to work on with his team.

"(Our) free throw shooting wasn't good (3-for-10 overall), some of the back door cuts that we like to do against a man to man, getting good screens... (there are) a lot of little things we still need to work on."

Jennifer Piccolomini scored 10 points, while Melissa Pingley and Lauren Costello added six points each for Goretti.

St. James does not play again until Jan. 8. "We go on a long break, and we come back, and hopefully we'll have Kirsten Logan back," Camp said.

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