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Gaels storm back with 20-0 streak

January 27, 2001

Gaels storm back with 20-0 streak



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


The best way to solve a problem is to face it head on.

Trailing 5-0, St. Maria Goretti girls basketball coach Todd Rideout yanked his starters from the game, asking them, "What's going on? Six possessions, six turnovers."

Three minutes later, with starters back on the floor, the Gaels proceeded to score 20 consecutive points to beat St. James 57-32 Saturday at the Gael Center.

"Our starters were shaky at the beginning," Rideout said. "So we brought in our reserves to calm things down. After that, we were able to take control of the game. Our second team was our spark plug for today's game."

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The 20-0 run gave Goretti (11-7) a 23-9 lead with 4:31 remaining in the second quarter.

"We pressed them at the beginning of the second quarter and that caused some turnovers," Rideout added. "We were able to turn those into some easy layups."

The Saints (4-8) scored seven points in a row to reduce the deficit to 23-16 with 59 seconds to go in the second quarter.

But Heidi Siirtola made a crucial 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Gaels a 26-16 halftime lead. The Gaels led by at least 10 points for the rest of the way.

Goretti center Lauren Costello had game-high totals of 19 points and 12 rebounds.

"We made an effort not to turn the ball over so much and to improve our transition game," Costello said. "All of those adjustments paid off."

Brett Stone scored 12 points and Siirtola had six assists for the Gaels.

Kourtney Logan and Caytie Smith scored 10 points each, while Jennifer Jenkins had seven rebounds for the Saints.

St. Maria Goretti 57, St. James 32



ST. JAMES (32)

Hager 2, Pecararo 3, Logan 10, Smith 10, Venditta 3, Jenkins 4. Totals 11 10-21 32.

ST. MARIA GORETTI (57)

Stone 12, Binau 5, Wills 2, Chambers 6, Siirtola 6, C. Martin 6, K. Martin 1, Costello 19. Totals 25 2-6 57.

St. James9788-32

St. Maria Goretti9171912-57

Three-point goals - St. Maria Goretti 5 (Binau, Siirtola 2, C. Martin 2).

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