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Gaels miss their chances, fall to Preston in tourney final

December 14, 2008|By JACK HILL III

The St. Maria Goretti Gaels' disappointing 7-for-24 performance from the free throw line kept them from taking advantage of some opportunities that were given to them.

As a result, the Preston Knights beat Goretti 50-24 on Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the Lady Gael Christmas Classic at the Gael Center.

"We had a chance in the second quarter, because they got in foul trouble," Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "We just couldn't make our foul shots. We did the job that we wanted by getting them in foul trouble, but we couldn't capitalize on it. We are young and inexperienced. Come mid-January, we should be all right."

Mackenzie Martin had 18 points and five rebounds to lead Preston (2-1).

"We wanted to make it a full-court game, because we thought that we had the advantage with the speed," Preston coach Brian Miller said. "I thought we did a good job battling, considering that we didn't have three people here. We played good defense when we weren't fouling. We made just enough shots to keep them at arm's length."

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Colleen Costello led Goretti (3-4) with 10 points and five rebounds. Angie Nevarez had three steals and Maggie Garvey had three assists for the Gaels.

Preston's defense held Nevarez to four points.

"We wanted to keep the ball out of Nevarez's hands as much as possible," Miller said. "We wanted to keep the pressure on her to force her to give it up. We didn't want her to take the bulk of the shots."

Preston led the whole way as it started the game with a 10-0 run that was capped by a three-pointer from tournament MVP Michele Groves with 3:13 remaining in the first quarter.

In the consolation game, the Frederick Warriors (3-3) pulled out a 28-25 victory over the Broadfording Christian Academy Lions (0-7).

Broadfording was able to come back from a 65-5 loss to Preston on Friday night and stay in the game with the Warriors the entire way.

Rebecca Reifsnyder had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors.

Hannah Young had 10 points and eight rebounds for Broadfording. Charlotte Worsfold pulled down 16 rebounds and Abbi Worsfold added seven rebounds for the Lions.

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