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Final momentum swing goes Goretti's way

February 10, 2004|by JACK HILL III

HANCOCK - St. Maria Goretti rattled off a 10-3 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 42-34 win over Hancock in a girls basketball game Monday.

Hancock made a foul shot to cut Goretti's lead to 30-28 with 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers got no closer as the Gaels slowly stretched their advantage.

"We were trying to stop Kris Creek from penetrating and we were able to do that," St. Maria Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "Creek is the sparkplug to that team and they feed off of her. Tonight, they were just out of sync. Defensively, we played a matchup defense to try and match up with their shooters. They shot poorly from the field and that also led to some easy buckets."

Jessica Myers and Tasha Deneen each had 11 points for Goretti (10-14). Myers also grabbed seven rebounds. Katie Martin had nine rebounds, eight assists, six steals and three blocked shots for the Gaels.

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Aimee Barton led Hancock (9-9) with eight points. Jennifer Willison pulled down 12 rebounds, while Kris Creek added six assists and three steals.

"It was ugly for us," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. "They deserved to win, because they wanted to win more than us. They didn't give up. They just kept battling."

Myers scored six of her 11 points in the first three minutes to help the Gaels start the game with an 8-0 advantage. But the Panthers evened the score at 10-10 by the end of the first quarter.

Goretti scored the final eight points of the second period to take an 18-14 halftime lead.

The momentum swings continued in the third quarter when the Panthers came up with the first six points in the period to go in front 20-18. The Gaels answered back with 10 consecutive points to regain the lead at 28-20.

"I think that it was one of the best basketball games that we have played this season," Rideout said. "We did a good job of distributing the basketball. We were passing the ball around to the open people and we got some good looks. Everybody contributed."

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