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Goretti girls seize control, Grace boys fall short in finals

November 16, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The St. Maria Goretti girls basketball team didn’t have a classic performance, but the Gaels will be

happy with a tournament title after posting a 57-17 victory over Grace Academy on Tuesday night in the championship game of Grace’s Pre-Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Grace Academy boys fell in their championship bid to Mountain View Christian Academy, 51-50.

* Despite a lethargic first half in which it threw away the basketball 15 times, Goretti had no trouble taking an early lead, which it continually built on through the second quarter.

After a 10-7 lead following the first quarter, the Gaels suffocated Grace defensively, and the Knights managed only one point and fell behind 26-8 at the break.

“We played out of control in the first half,” said Goretti coach Todd Rideout. “We calmed down at halftime and came out and got some good looks at the basket.”

The early, good looks came on a pair of 3-pointers and a 2-pointer by Severija Narkute that gave Goretti a commanding 34-8 lead early in the third quarter. Narkute, who scored 35 in Monday’s semifinal win, finished with a game-high 19 points.

The Gaels employed the zone defense with a plan to stop Grace’s Kelsey Koontz, who scored 23 points on Monday.

“We went zone with a plan to stop her, and we were able to do that,” said Rideout.

Koontz, one of only two Grace players to score, had 12 points.

Lauree Lorensen and T.J. Tillman scored 10 points apiece for Goretti.

“You can’t do much on offense when you have 36 turnovers,” said Grace coach Larry Lorshbaugh.

* Freshman Jonathan Cornwell drove the length of the floor and scored a basket with 1.9 seconds remaining that pushed Mountain View past Grace in the boys final.

Both teams squandered leads, including a six-point lead Grace (1-1) let go of late in the third period after rallying from a 10-point deficit.

With Grace leading 36-30 with 1:22 remaining in the third period, Cornwell hit a bucket that was followed by two free throws and a bucket by Wayne Alsberry.

The lead see-sawed back and forth in the fourth quarter, and two free throws by Daniel Frederickson gave Grace a 50-49 lead with 15.4 seconds remaining.

The Knights missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation and, after a timeout, Cornwell marched down the floor for the game winner.

“I don’t know if no one wanted to foul (Cornwell) and stop him, but we had three defenders around him and he made a tough shot,” said Grace coach Ira Brown.

The Knights played much of the game without Peter Hykes and Shawn Price, who were saddled with first-half foul trouble.

“That killed us,” said Brown, “but (Frederickson) and (Alan) Liu gave us big boosts.”

Liu led the comeback and finished with 14 points. Frederickson had 12 points and E.J. Boutellier added 10, but hit only 1 of 6 from the line.

“Free throws really hurt,” said Brown of the Knights’ 8 of 16 performance.

The Grace boys might get another shot at Mountain View when the Knights go there for a six-team mixer, beginning Thursday.

Cornwell finished with 22 points and Alsberry had 16 for Mountain View.

Girls Basketball
St. Maria Goretti 57, Grace Academy 17
ST. MARIA GORETTI (2-0)
Murray 0 0-0 0, Cronise 3 0-2 6, A. Eich 3 0-0 6, B. Eich 2 0-0 4, Passierb 1 0-0 2, Lorensen 5 0-0 10, Tillman 4 2-4 10, Narkute 8 1-3 19. Totals 26 3-9 57.
GRACE ACADEMY (1-1)
C. Cox 2 1-5 5, Broadwater 0 0-0 0, Koontz 4 2-3 12, Crespo 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0. Totals 6 3-8 17.
Goretti    10    16    18    13    —    57
Grace    7    1    2    7    —    17
3-point goals—Goretti 2 (Narkute); Grace 2 (Koontz 2).

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Boys Basketball
Mountain View Christian 51, Grace Academy 50
GRACE ACADEMY (1-1)
Price 3 0-0 6, Barr-Brown 1 0-0 2, Boutellier 4 1-6 10, Hykes 2 0-0 4, Liu 4 5-6 14, Frederickson 5 2-3 12, Helman 1 0-0 2, Jacques 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 8-16 50.
MOUNTAIN VIEW CHRISTIAN (2-0)
Alsberry 8 0-1 16, Cornwell 6 8-9 22, Foltz 3 2-2 9, Starr 0 1-2 1, Ganoe 0 1-4 1, Rosen 0 2-4 2. Totals 17 14-20 51.
Grace    8    10    20    12    —    50
Mtn. View    15    9    12    15    —    51
3-point goals—Grace 2 (Boutellier, Liu); Mountain View 3 (Cornwell 2, Foltz).

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