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Second-half run lifts Gaels to win over St. James

January 20, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

The St. Maria Goretti girls basketball team outscored St. James 15-5 in the opening four minutes of the third quarter Saturday afternoon and went on to capture a 46-38 victory at the Gael Center.

Heather Lowery gave St. James a 19-18 lead with a 3-point basket in the opening seconds of the third quarter, but Goretti (9-7) then got its offense in gear while limiting St. James (4-11) to just two Kali Worth foul shots in the deciding stretch.

Goretti's leading scorer, Erica DiMercurio, contributed a layup and a basket during the stretch run and finished with 13 points.

"I thought Erica did a nice job out there today," Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "She made some crucial layups and her defense was solid. I think we're starting to jell as a team, but we must cut down on our turnovers. We also need to build up some confidence."

Goretti raced to a 9-3 first-quarter advantage but St. James evened the issue at 16-16 by intermission and went ahead on Lowery's 3-pointer at the start of the third period.

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Goretti led 36-24 entering the final eight minutes.

Lowery led all scorers with 17 points, including nine points in a three-minute span of the second quarter.

"We wanted to play smart basketball but we had far too many turnovers," St. James coach Billy Crawford said. "I was pleased with the play of Caroline Salisbury and Anna Morrow, but we made too many mistakes as a team."

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