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Gaels pull away to defeat Blazers

January 04, 2009|By Jack Hill III

After a close first quarter, the St. Maria Goretti girls basketball team started to pull away from Clear Spring on Saturday afternoon, as the Gaels handed the Blazers a 52-32 loss at the Gael Center.

"I am just happy for the win," Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "Today, we got a lot of ball movement. That led to a lot of open shots."

Senior guard Angie Nevarez scored a game-high 22 points for Goretti (5-7) and added four assists and three steals. Sophomore center Colleen Costello had 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, and Maggie Garvey added six assists.

"Angie shot the ball extremely well today," Rideout said. "She got some open looks and she knocked the shots down. Colleen played a good defensive game."

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Senior guard Andrea Baum had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Clear Spring (0-7). Jessica Barnhart scored 10 points, while Hannah House grabbed eight rebounds.

"The effort was there, but not the execution," Blazers coach Adam Hoopengardner said. "We came in missing one starter, Lindsay Trumpower, who was on a trip. Freshman Jessica Barnhart came in for Trumpower and did a good job at point guard. We had three players out there playing who have had the flu. Andrea had a good game, even though she is still being bothered by the flu."

Clear Spring stayed within striking distance of Gor-etti early, trailing 11-9 at the end of the first quarter.

In the first 5:30 of the second quarter, the Gaels went on an 8-1 spurt to extend their lead to 19-10. After Clear Spring scored the next three points, Goretti had the final six to take a 25-13 halftime lead.

The Gaels outscored the Blazers 18-8 in the third quarter to expand their lead to 43-21. Nevarez and Costello scored eight points each in the period.

Clear Spring kept hustling until the final buzzer, outscoring Goretti 11-9 in the fourth.

"In the second half, we were concentrating on trying to get the ball inside," Rideout said. "They made a lot of turnovers and we got a lot of layups off of their mistakes. Once they can eliminate their mental mistakes, they can have a pretty good ballclub. They do have a couple of girls who can shoot the ball."

Goretti 52, Clear Spring 32
CLEAR SPRING (0-7)

Purdham 1, Baum 15, Price 3, House 2, Levardi 1, Barnhart 10. Totals 11 7-12 32.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (5-7)
Ka. Cronise 2, Shoop 2, Kr. Cronise 4, Rzomp 4, Costello 14, Garvey 4, Nevarez 22. Totals 24 2-6 52.
Clear Spring 9 4 8 11 -- 32
Goretti 11 14 18 9 -- 52

3-point goals -- Clear Spring 3 (Baum, Price, Barnhart), Goretti 2 (Nevarez 2). JV: Goretti, 42-14 (G: Dominique Forsman 23).

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