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Gaels pull away from Panthers in 2nd half

February 17, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

The St. Maria Goretti girls basketball team limited Hancock to two second-half field goals Saturday afternoon and coasted to a 46-24 victory.

The Gaels (17-11) led 22-15 at halftime and then dominated the final 16 minutes of action on the defensive end of the floor in defeating the Panthers (7-15) for the second time this season.

"Very pleased with the defensive effort," Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "We used a combination of defenses, and I think the pressure made a difference in the second half."

Sarah Spierenburg, who earlier this month scored her 1,000th career point at Goretti, led the offensive attack with 14 points, while Erica DiMercurio added 10 points.

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"We had a balanced attack," Rideout said. "We had some good play from the guards and then we were able to get the ball inside to Sarah more in the second half."

Hancock did a good job at containing Spierenburg in the first half, but some defensive letdowns and a total meltdown offensively did damage.

"It's been like that all year," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. "We've really been struggling on offense, especially in the second half of games. We usually stay with opponents in the first two quarters but can't complete the effort. We had plenty of opportunities, just couldn't score."

Karly Logsdon led Hancock with six points.

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