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Gaels squeak out win over St. James

December 19, 2002|by JACK HILL III

ST. JAMES - After his Gaels had a subpar offensive performance, St. Maria Goretti coach Todd Rideout was glad to just get out of St. James' Alumni Hall with a 40-32 win over the Saints on Wednesday.

"We had no intensity tonight," St. Maria Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "We struggled with our shooting. Our shot selection was poor tonight. We had 17 turnovers. We have got to cut down on our turnovers and be more patient on offense, too."

Katie Chambers led St. Maria Goretti (5-3) with 10 rebounds and 10 points, while Kelly Wills grabbed nine rebounds.

Katie Graham finished with team-high totals of 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals for St. James (1-5). Katherine Kopp made seven steals, Whitney Neilson added eight rebounds and Jamie Ferrell had six rebounds.

"We just didn't shoot well during the first three quarters," St. James coach Ted Camp said. "It comes down to making 25 turnovers. I think that we did a good job with our defense and rebounding. When you hold St. Maria Goretti to 40 points, you have to be pleased."

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The Gaels led the Saints 29-18 after three quarters, but the Saints outscored the Gaels 14-7 during the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter to narrow the gap to 36-32. Graham scored nine of St. James' points during that stretch.

It was as close as the Saints got as the Gaels scored the last four points of the game during the final minute.

"Offensively, we did some things in the fourth quarter," Camp added. "Our defense started to create some offense for us in the fourth quarter. We had some good defensive pressure on the ball and that got the ball moving for us."




Goretti 40, St. James 32

ST. MARIA GORETTI (40)

Deneen 6, H. Mothershead 7, A. Mothershead 3, Wills 7, Chambers 10, Nye 5, Martin 2. Totals 14 11-18 40.

ST. JAMES (32)

Graham 18, Pecoraro 4, Neilson 2, Rosenthal 5, Ferrell 1, Kopp 2. Totals 11 8-15 32.

St. Maria Goretti 12 10 7 11 - 40

St. James 7 5 6 14 -32

Three-point field goals: Goretti 1 (Nye), St. James 2 (Graham 2). JV: Goretti, 42-22. (SMG: Heidi Mothershead, 19 points.)

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