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Gaels sweep titles

November 24, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

HAGERSTOWN -- The St. Maria Goretti basketball teams emerged as the "lion" and the "lioness" on Tuesday night as boys and girls champions in the Lions Classic at Broadfording Christian Academy.

Goretti rallied from an early deficit to defeat Broadfording 58-47 for the boys title, while the girls held off pesky Broadfording 41-33 for their own crown.

In each case, the margin of victory was not indicative of an easy achievement.

* Tournament MVP Nic Martin scored 24 points and Jay Donoghue contributed 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds as the Gaels boys fought back from a lackluster first period in which Broadfording streaked to a 20-12 lead.

In the end, physical conditioning played an important role as the Gaels (2-0) wore down the Lions (1-1).

"We tried to speed up the game and when we got back and tied the game we just kept on going," said Goretti coach Chad Brashears. "We're in shape and we wore them down."

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Iver Silva had 10 of his team-high 19 points in the first quarter as Broadfording used an uptempo style and held a 13-4 margin on the boards.

Goretti gradually worked its way back to a 28-27 halftime deficit and took its first lead in the game at 35-34 with 4:55 remaining in the third on a bucket by Patrick Heizer.

The Gaels got to that point with the combined work of Martin and Donoghue, the former feeding the latter on the inside for five points to put Goretti in position to go ahead on Heizer's hoop.

"The biggest thing was Jay was catching the passes from Nic," said Brashears. "He didn't do that (on Monday). He got us back in the game on the inside."

Deadlocked at 42 entering the final frame, Goretti stepped things up defensively, forcing five turnovers while Broadfording went ice cold from the field.

A 3-pointer by Aaron Wilkinson made the lead 50-42, and the Gaels finished the scoring with eight free throws, six by Heizer.

"We lost our legs at the start of the third quarter," said Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz. "Everything got out of sync and we couldn't corral (Nic Martin)."

Pete Cradduck added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Broadfording. Silva had 14 rebounds as the Lions held a 45-31 edge on the glass.

* The Goretti girls (2-0) charged to an early 10-1 advantage and it looked like the championship trophy would be theirs early.

But Broadfording (1-1) chipped away and took a 22-20 lead on a 5-foot jumper by Charlotte Worsfold with 7:10 left in the third quarter.

Goretti responded immediately on a bucket by Kris Cronise to tie the game, and another by Colleen Costello as part of an 8-0 run to retake a lead the Gaels never relinquished thereafter.

The Lions got within one at 32-31 on a basket by Worsfold, but the Gaels came back with goals by Costello and Courtney Thompson.

"We got a little comfortable early and Broadfording capitalized on that," said Goretti coach Todd Rideout. "Our defense was the difference in the fourth quarter. We did a better job of harrassing them."

Broadfording had 11 of its 34 turnovers in the last quarter.

Costello led Goretti with 17 points while Cronise added seven points and 13 rebounds. Maggie Garvey's tough defense earned her tournament MVP honors.

Worsfold led Broadfording with 15 points and Katie Connolly added 14.

Boys Basketball

ST. MARIA GORETTI (2-0)
Wilkinson 2-9 0-1 5, Martin 8-20 7-11 24, Shaper 1-3 0-0 2, Heizer 1-3 6-6 8, Donoghue 4-5 6-8 14, Bolinger 1-3 0-0 3, Buckner 0-1 2-2 2, Leazier 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 17-47 21-29 58.
BROADFORDING (1-1)
Hirsch 0-6 1-2 1, Whitt 0-7 2-2 2, Silva 8-16 2-2 19, Cradduck 4-14 7-8 15, Dominquez 0-0 2-2 2, Blanks 1-5 1-2 3, Wyand 1-7 1-2 3, Boone 1-1 0-0 2, Smith 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-58 16-20 47.


3-point goals--Goretti 3 (Wilkinson, Martin, Bolinger); Broadfording 1 (Silva). Rebounds--SMG 31 (Donoghue 8), BC (Silva (14). Turnovers--SMG 12, BC 17.

Girls Basketball

ST. MARIA GORETTI (2-0)
Garvey 2-6 0-0 5, Harrell 0-3 1-2 1, Rzomp 2-10 1-2 5, Shoop 2-5 0-0 4, Thompson 1-3- 0-2 2, Costello 7-17 3-7-17, Cronise 3-8 1-4 7. Totals 17-49 6-17 41.
BROADFORDING (1-1)
C. Worsfold 6-13 3-7 15, Young 0-3 0-1 0, Litten 1-4 0-0 2, A. Worsfold 1-6 0-0 2, Connolly 5-16 3-5 14, Foltz 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 13-45 6-11 33.


3-point goals--Goretti 1 (Garvey), Broadfording 1 (Connolly). Rebounds--SMG 35 (Cronise 9), BC 39 (C. Worsfold 8). Turnovers--SMG 19, BC 34. Fouled out--SMG (Thompson), BC (Young).

* In the tournament consolation games, the Saint James boys (1-1) posted a 58-37 victory over Faith Christian (0-2), and Saint James' girls (1-1) made it a sweep of Faith Christian (0-2) with a 42-20 triumph.

In the boys game, Avery Wilmore led the Saints with 19 points and Will Smith chipped in with 10 as Saint James jumped out to an 18-3 lead and never looked back. Evan Vocaturo had nine points, all from the foul line, for Faith.

In the girls game, Jordan Wills led the Saints with 14 points. Saint James held Faith to two points in the middle two periods. Jackie Solengerger had 14 points for the Falcons.

BOYS

FAITH CHRISTIAN (1-1)
Kerns 1 5-5 7, Hoy 2 3-6 7, Price 1 0-0 2, Roman 1 1-4 4, Vocatue 0 9-9 9, Earle 1 0-0 2, D. Michael 2 0-0 4, Hercules 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 18-24 37.
SAINT JAMES (1-1)
Zimmerman 2 0-0 5, Smith 5 0-0 10, Magassouba 2 1-4 5, Wilmore 8 1-2 19, Louderback 1 0-0 2, Orfan 2 2-2 6, Wooten 2 0-0 4, Mi. Townes 2 0-0 4, Mo. Townes 1 0-0 2, Wagner 0 1-2 1. Totals 25 5-10 58.


3-point goals--Faith Christian 1 (Roman), Saint James 3 (Zimmerman, Wilmore 2).

GIRLS

SAINT JAMES (1-1)
Barr 3 0-0 6, Peterson 4 0-0 8, Goode 1 0-0 2, Berry 3 0-0 6, Wills 6 1-2 14, Fahey 2 0-0 4, Doyle 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 1-2 42.

FAITH CHRISTIAN (0-2)
Butler 2 0-0 4, Solenberger 5 3-8 14, Millner 1 0-0 2, Vanveldhuisen 0 0-2 0. Totals 8 3-10 20


3-point goals--Saint James 1 (Wills), Faith 1 (Solenberger 1).

Goretti12151516--58Broadfording208145--47Goretti1191011--41Broadfording31596--33Saint James18201010--58Faith Christian312913--37Saint James156174--42Faith Christian88210--20
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