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Narkute, Tillman power Gaels past Panthers

December 14, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Despite a slow start that saw St. Maria Goretti go 8-for-27 from the field in the first half, the Gaels turned it up in the second half to defeat the Hancock Panthers 64-34 in girls basketball on Wednesday night.

Goretti (7-4) started the game on a 9-0 run with three field goals from T.J. Tillman and a 3-pointer from Seva Narkute en route to a 13-4 advantage after one quarter.

Narkute kept it going in the second quarter with six points, though Hancock (0-4) outscored Goretti 9-8 in the period. Alisa Shives scored five of her team-leading 17 points in the second quarter for the Panthers.

“Seva came out flat to start the game, but Tillman sucked it up for us. She got some good looks,” said Goretti coach Todd Rideout. “We regained our composure in the second half. (Shives) shot the ball well tonight. She kept her team in the game.”

The Gaels, who led 21-13 at halftime, matched their first-half output in the third quarter. Tillman was a force, netting 10 points in the quarter and grabbing four of her game-high 10 rebounds. Kris Cronise and Ama Mitchual added a 3-pointer each — Goretti made eight treys.

“The thing about our team is that we have scorers,” said Rideout. “We don’t have to depend on one person like we did last year. We have four girls that are capable of scoring in double figures.”

Goretti kept the points coming in the fourth quarter as the Gaels broke out with a 22-point onslaught. Narkute regained her stroke and scored 12 points — including two 3-pointers — to reach her game-high total of 21.

Cronise finished with 10 points to give Goretti its third scorer in double figures, and Maggie Murray was the playmaker with a game-high 12 assists.

Shives rounded out her night with six rebounds and five steals, and Sara Wagner added nine points and four rebounds for the Panthers.

“We’re still young and making young mistakes. Fundamental mistakes. This is probably the best we’ve played all season,” said Hancock coach Todd Ruppenthal. “But I’m still happy with the kids. We’re a young team with only two seniors, but we play hard every night. We’ll keep getting better, and eventually we’ll pick up some wins.”

JV: Goretti, 45-6 (G: Ama Mitchual 21; H: Sarah Bouby, Joan Leavy 5 each).

Goretti 64, Hancock 34
HANCOCK (0-4)
Younker 1, Shives 17, Shoemaker 1, Himes 4, Wagner 9, Harvey 2. Totals 10 11-14 34.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (7-4)
Murray 3, Narkute 21, Mitchual 5, Cronise 10, A. Eich 4, Lorensen 3, Tillman 18. Totals 24 8-13 64.
Hancock    4    9    9    12    —    34
Goretti    13    8    21    22    —    64
3-point goals — Hancock 3 (Shives 3); Goretti 8 (Narkute 3, Cronise 3, Mitchual, Tillman). Rebounds — Hancock 24 (Shives 7); Goretti 28 (Tillman 10). Turnovers — Hancock 27; Goretti 14.

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