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Martin, Gaels down Grace

February 03, 2004|by JACK HILL III

Monday was Senior Night for St. Maria Goretti and center Katie Martin was the Gaels' shining light.

Martin collected 12 points, nine steals, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots to lead Goretti to a 44-28 win over Grace Academy at the Gael Center.

"Getting a win on Senior Night will make me remember how hard we played," Martin said. "We needed a good win like this. We worked well with our press. We stole the ball and then we looked ahead for our players. We got a few easy baskets off of some of our steals."

St. Maria Goretti coach Todd Rideout had lots of praise for Martin.

"Katie played a good game tonight," Rideout said. "She is the glue to our team and does a lot of little things that you don't see in the boxscore. Her senior leadership has been tremendous this year."

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Tasha Deneen added 11 points and eight rebounds for Goretti. Jessica Myers had nine rebounds and seven steals, while Kathleen Costello grabbed nine rebounds.

Goretti (9-12), leading 25-22 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter, went on a 13-2 run in the final 5 1/2 minutes to take a commanding 38-24 lead and control of the game. Deneen keyed the run with seven points..

Daniele Sowers and Megan Cox led Grace Academy (1-11) with eight points each. Sowers pulled down 12 rebounds and Lisa Horochowski had six steals.

"We played a lot better tonight than what we did when we played them before," Grace Academy coach Rick Sowers said. "The full-court pressure and the fast breaks definitely helped them to put the game away in the third quarter. I think that they have a good team and a great coaching staff. We didn't stop their fast breaks real well."

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