Gaels find sunny ways against Blue Storm

January 05, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — After two tough losses in last week’s Pap Draper Classic, St. Maria Goretti got back on track with a 36-27 win over Mercersburg Academy on Wednesday night.

Lauree Lorensen scored 12 points and had six rebounds and two assists, while center Colleen Costello scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

“We needed this win, definitely,” said Goretti coach Todd Rideout. “After two tough losses last week, we needed to come out and get a victory.”

Both teams started the game ice cold. Mercersburg’s Hanna Warfield hit a 3-pointer for the game’s first points and only lead for the Blue Storm (1-6). Buckets by Lorensen and Costello put the Gaels (8-4) up 4-3 and they never looked back.

“Lauree got it going for us,” Rideout said. “She made some shots and some defensive stops. She kept the pressure on them tonight.”

Lorensen was the Gaels’ catalyst for the first three quarters, scoring 11 of her 12 points. Then, Costello took over, scoring 10 of Goretti’s 13 fourth-quarter points in the paint.

Meanwhile, Goretti’s defense stifled Mercersburg.

The Gaels took the lane away from Mercersburg, forcing the Blue Storm to rely on shots from the wing. That produced hurried shots and single-digit totals in each of Mercersburg’s first three quarters until its 11-point fourth. Warfield led the Storm with 10 points as Mercersburg’s only player to score in double figures.

“I try to tell the girls that every time out on the court is a learning experience, especially considering that basketball is a second sport for many of our players,” said Mercersburg coach Monique Liddell.

“We don’t have a true point guard and we have trouble scoring, so we have to find and hone our individual talents,” Liddell said. “If everybody does their part we’ll put together a good game.”

Despite the victory, Rideout admits 36 points a game won’t cut it every time.

“Costello and Lorensen did their part, but we need at least two other double-figure scorers each and every game,” Rideout said. “We don’t have a very deep bench, so we need a good scoring rotation. If we achieve that, we’ll be a team to be reckoned with.”

JV — Mercersburg Academy, 25-17 (M: Payton Lissette, Paige Wolny, Charlotte Rhoad 6 points each; G: Courtney Dorsey 6 points).

St. Maria Goretti 36, Mercersburg Academy 27

Wolny 1 2-4 4, Garlick 1 0-0 3, Gomez 2 0-0 4, Warfield 4 0-0 10, Uhlirova 1 0-0 2, Hyacinthe 0 1-2 1, Firestone 1 1-2 3 Cadrette 0 0-2 0. Totals 10 4-10 27.
Cronise 1 0-0 2, Costello 8 0-2 16, Eich 2 2-2 6, Lorensen 5 2-4 12. Totals 16 4-8 36.
Mercersburg    7    5    4    11    —    27
St. Maria Goretti    9    6    8    13    —    36

3-point goals — Mercersburg 3 (Warfield 2, Garlick). Assists — Mercersburg 7 (Garlick 3, Wolny 2), Goretti 7 (Cronise 2, Costello 2, Lorensen 2). Rebounds — Mercersburg 24 (Firestone 7). Goretti 32 (Costello 15). Turnovers — Mercersburg 20, Goretti 14.

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