MERCERSBURG, Pa. - If Cokey Robertson can put his hands on a self-help book about caring for a basketball, he might just make it required reading for his St. Maria Goretti team.
Turnovers - the Gaels' nemesis thus far - nearly proved costly again. But a second-half rally propelled Goretti to a 64-56 win over Mercersburg Academy Wednesday night.
After rallying from a 13-point deficit in the third period behind Joey Spierenburg's seven points, the Gaels established a lead it would never relinquish on a Mike Nelson free throw with 5:55 left in the game.
Poor ball handling - the Gaels turned the ball over 17 times in the first half - allowed the cold-shooting Blue Storm to build the early advantage. But Goretti took much better care of the ball in the second half, while Mercersburg continued to struggle.