Costello lifts Gaels

January 15, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

In the wake of second-leading scorer Kris Cronise’s injury in Thursday’s loss at Oakdale, St. Maria Goretti girls coach Todd Rideout is looking for his next man — or girl — up.

“(Cronise’s) injury is major. It may be an ACL tear, she may be out for the rest of the season,” Rideout said. “We need someone to step up.”

Despite the setback, team leader Colleen Costello is still healthy and playing lights-out basketball. Costello earned her eighth double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds Saturday as Goretti beat Broadfording Christian Academy, 46-32.

“I’m just trying to pull everything together,” Costello said. “We’ve got to step up our game in her place.”

 The Gaels (9-6) got off to a slow start to the game, shooting only 4 of 15 in the first quarter. The Lions (5-8) didn’t fare much better as Goretti’s tough full-court pressure got to Broadfording,  leaving the game knotted 8-8 after the first period. The Gaels’ defense came in looking to bottle up Broadfording star Katie Connolly, who is averaging almost 19 points a game.

“They have a main player, Connolly, who gets good shots and makes things happen. We had to pay attention to her,” Rideout said.

Connolly only managed 10 points and two assists, but the Gaels lost sight of Jade Boone, who led the Lions with 12 points and three assists.

Costello found her stroke in the second quarter, scoring 13 of her team’s 17 second-quarter points to lead Goretti to a 25-19 advantage at halftime. She also led all scorers with 10 points in the second half.

“Colleen is going to be a force out there and we need someone to back her up,” Rideout said.

Her backup came in the form of Lauree Lorensen, who scored 14 points and had four steals and four assists. Maggie Murray rounded out the Gaels’ scoring with five points.

Broadfording coach Dana Gonzalez has seen his team’s struggles this season, and admits they may have been overmatched against Costello and the Gaels.

“Every game is tough, these kids are young and inexperienced,” said Gonzalez. “They have a little lack of focus, but they don’t lack hustle. We’re rebuilding, and we’ve got to learn to win, but we’ll find our game.”

Goretti 46, Broadfording 32

Burkhardt 2 0-0 5, Boone 4 4-4 12, Connolly 2 5-7 10, Grimm 1 0-0 2, Flook 1 1-2 3. Totals 10 10-13 32.
Murray 2 0-1 5, Costello 12 3-5 27, Lorensen 6 2-2 14. Totals 20 5-8 46.
Broadfording    8    11    7    6    —    32
Goretti    8    17    11    10    —    46

3-point goals — Broadfording 2 (Burkhardt, Connolly); Goretti 1 (Murray). Rebounds — Broadfording 15 (Foltz, Connolly 4); Goretti 28 (Connolly 11). Assists — Broadfording 8 (Boone 3), Goretti 12 (Lorensen 4). Steals — Broadfording 7 (Burkhardt, Boone, Flook 2); Goretti 9 (Lorensen 4). Turnovers — Broadfording 11, Goretti 12.

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