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Goretti girls, boys sweep Lions in hoops

February 03, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The St. Maria Goretti varsity basketball teams swept a Washington County private-school doubleheader Thursday at Broadfording Christian Academy against the Lions.

The Gaels pulled out a 42-37 victory in the girls game and then prevailed 59-42 in the boys game to complete the sweep.

 In the girls game, Goretti (12-11) came back from a 34-32 deficit after three quarters by outscoring Broadfording (7-15) 10-3 in the fourth.

Senior center Colleen Costello had a double-double for the Gaels with 25 points and 16 rebounds. Costello also blocked four shots. It has been a productive week for Costello, who scored her 1,000th career point Monday.

“Coming together as a unit was the key to our victory today,” Costello said. “I just had to go back to basics and concentrate and focus. I owe it all to my teammates for feeding me the ball and playing tough defense. We have improved incredibly since the beginning of the season. We had to pull it together a little bit extra when Kris Cronise went out with an injury.”

Loree Lorensen had eight points and five steals, while Maggie Murray had four assists for the Gaels.

Katie Connolly had 16 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists for Broadfording, while Aspen Flook added 10 points.

“Katie Connolly played a complete game for Broadfording,” Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. “We played a box-and-one against Connolly down the stretch. When we kept the ball out of her hands, that caused them to make some turnovers.”

“At the end, they were much more aggressive than we were and that was the difference in the ballgame,” Broadfording coach Dana Gonzales said. “We turned the ball over four straight times in the fourth quarter and that was what killed us.”

 In the boys game, Goretti (8-16) outscored Broadfording (15-9) 21-7 in the second quarter to build a 30-12 halftime lead.

Senior guard Dylan Leazier scored nine of his 12 points in the second quarter for the Gaels. Leazier added six rebounds and five assists.

“We got into a rhythm and everybody started hitting their shots,” Leazier said. “I started warming up and I just started hitting. Whenever you are on, you have got to keep shooting. At this point of the season, I think that we are coming together as a team.”

Jawuan Wilson scored 15 points, while Patrice Takeda added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Gaels.

“Once we got the stops defensively, it turned on our transition game,” Goretti coach Amrit Rayfield said. “Dylan Leazier was able to catch a couple of balls in rhythm and take them to the basket.”

Iver Silva scored 14 points, while D.J. Blanks added 11 points and three steals for Broadfording. Mo Sallah had five rebounds and four blocked shots, while Andrew Wyand had four assists and three steals for the Lions.

“We were 15-for-61 from the floor for the game with 19 turnovers,” Broadfording coach Bernie Clutz said. “In the first half, we didn’t grab rebounds.”

In the JV boys game, Kevin Proctor and Forrest Buterbaugh scored 10 points each to lead Goretti to a 36-33 win. Ben Cradduck had 12 points for Broadfording.

Girls box score
Goretti 42, Broadfording 37
ST. MARIA GORETTI (12-11)

Murray 0 1-4 1, Costello 10 5-10 25, Eich 2 0-0 4, Sullivan 1 0-0 2, Lorensen 4 0-2 8, Brooks 0 2-2 2. Totals 17 8-18 42.
BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (7-15)
Foltz 2 0-0 4, Burkhardt 2 0-1 4, Boone 1 1-2 3, Connolly 5 5-8 16, Flook 5 0-0 10. Totals 15 6-11 37.
Goretti    14    9    9    10    —    42
Broadfording    8    14    12    3    —    37

3-point goals — Broadfording 1 (Connolly).

Boys box score
Goretti 59, Broadfording 42
ST. MARIA GORETTI (8-16)

Wilson 4 6-7 15, Eich 1 0-0 2, Rajahpillay 0 3-4 3, Leazier 5 0-1 12, Zanfack 0 2-2 2, Blake 2 0-0 5, King 4 0-0 8, Takeda 5 2-3 12. Totals 21 13-17 59.
BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (15-9)
Blanks 4 0-0 11, Silva 6 2-4 14, Boone 2 0-0 5, Wyand 1 2-2 5, P. Cradduck 1 2-4 5, Colliflower 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 6-10 42.
Goretti    9    21    10    19    —    59
Broadfording    5    7    12    18    —    42

3-point goals — Goretti 4 (Wilson, Leazier 2, Blake). Broadfording 6 (Blanks 3, Boone, Wyand, P. Cradduck).

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