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Costello leads Gaels to third place in Classic

December 11, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

The St. Maria Goretti girls basketball team earned third place in the Lady Gaels Classic Tournament on Saturday, defeating Bishop Walsh 53-48 in the consolation game.

Colleen Costello finished with a double-double, scoring 27 points and nabbing 13 rebounds.

Costello started the game white hot. She scored 14 of the Gaels’ 21 points in the first quarter, going 5-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the foul line.

“I felt strong coming into this game. We had to win this, no doubt,” said Costello. “My teammates were feeding me the ball all night, I give them all the credit.”

The Spartans (1-4) stayed on Goretti’s heels, as Ashley Turnbull went 2-for-2 from the field and Kelsie Buser and Becca Winner each drained a deep 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 21-16 at the end of the first quarter.

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“Both teams shot about 75 percent in the first quarter, so we had to come in stronger than (Bishop Walsh),” said Goretti coach Todd Rideout.

Costello cooled off a bit in the second quarter, going 3-for-7 from the field, but still led the team with seven points in the frame. Lauree Lorensen and Maggie Murray each added two points to give the Gaels (7-2) a 32-21 lead at halftime.

The third quarter saw a lull in the action as both teams went cold. Goretti shot 4-for-14, led by Kris Cronise’s four points and Murray’s three. Bishop Walsh went 4-for-15, led by four more points from Turnbull and the second of three 3s by Winner.

Turnbull led the Spartans with 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Winner added 11 points and five rebounds.

With Goretti up 41-31 at the end of the third, the game seemed well in hand for the Gaels. However, the Spartans found new life in the fourth. A 12-7 run by Bishop Walsh cut the deficit to 48-43 with 2:51 left, prompting Rideout to call a timeout to get his team refocused.

“This game was a point game, the main thing was foul shots and layups, but more importantly slowing the game down to our pace and finishing,” Rideout said.

After the timeout, the Gaels were able to use the aggression of Bishop Walsh to their advantage, drawing six fouls. Goretti made just 5 of 12 free throws — including 3 of 6 from Lorensen — but it was enough to put the game away.

“We’re trying to improve, but we’re still making mental mistakes,” said Rideout. “But we should be all right once we find a way to get those rectified.”

In the championship game, Preston defeated New Life Christian, 62-38.

St. Maria Goretti 53, Bishop Walsh 48
BISHOP WALSH (1-4)

Buser 2 1-2 7, Ruppenkamp 2 0-0 4, Winner 4 0-0 11, Turnbull 6 4-12 16, Mathews 5 0-2 10. Totals 19 5-16 48.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (7-2)
Murray 2 0-0 5, Cronise 4 2-2 12, Costello 10 7-12 27, Eich 1 0-0 2, Lorensen 1 3-6 5, Brooks 0 2-2 2. Totals 18 14-22 53.
Bishop Walsh 16 5 10 17 — 48
St. Maria Goretti 21 11 9 12 — 53

3-point goals — Bishop Walsh 5 (Winner 3, Buser 2); Goretti 3 (Cronise 2, Murray). Rebounds — Bishop Walsh 38 (Turnbull 14); Goretti 28 (Costello 13). Assists — Bishop Walsh 8 (Mathews 3, Buser 3); Goretti 7 (Murray 5).

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