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St. John's girls too fast for Goretti

December 01, 2000

St. John's girls too fast for Goretti



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


St. John's at Prospect Hall girls basketball coach Paul Sipes admits his team is fast, sometimes a little too fast for their own good.

Friday afternoon against St. Maria Goretti, the Vikings found the right gear - overdrive.

St. John's forced 34 turnovers to fuel a huge run around halftime on its way to a 55-39 victory to kick off the 18th Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament at The Gael Center.

"They're the smallest team you'll find," Sipes said. "But they play all year, so they know how to use it. If anything, they want to go too fast and run themselves out of a game."

Instead, they ran the Gaels (0-1) out of their own building with a suffocating full-court press. Goretti committed 17 turnovers in the first half and only took 23 shots. Down 14-13 with four and a half minutes left in the first half, they missed five of six shots and had five turnovers the rest of the way to trail 27-15 at the break.

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"Way too many mental mistakes and too many missed easy baskets," Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "We couldn't take care of the ball, it was like loose cannons all over the place."

Meanwhile, the Vikings' two big guns were in control. Junior forward Courtney Bonneville took two charges in that second quarter run, and sophomore forward Kenan Cole triggered an 8-2 run to open the third quarter that made it 35-17.

"I told the girls at half, 'If you want to bury this, go out and get the first six or eight of the second half,'" Sipes said. "They took me pretty literally."

Cole finished with 22 points and Bonneville had 14 for the Vikings. Goretti made a late run to close to nine with three minutes to play, but didn't score again. Lauren Costello finished with 14 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots, and Brett Stone added 14 points for the Gaels, who play Sherando today at 4 to start the second day of the tournament.

"They played some great defense ... and they capitalized on every mistake we made," Rideout said. "But we'll learn from this and get better. We got this out of our system."

SJPH 55, Goretti 39


ST. JOHN'S-PROSPECT HALL (55)

Cole 22, Bonneville 14, Merkel 2, Rakich 4, Henry 8, Baker 5. Totals 20-51 13-31 55.

ST. MARIA GORETTI (39)

Stone 14, Wills 2, Chambers 5, Siirtola 2, Costello 14, Mothershead 2. Totals 16-47 6-14 39.

SJPH12151513-55

Goretti961311-39

Three-point goals-SJPH 2 (Henry 2), Goretti 1 (Stone). Fouled Out-Chambers.

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