Narkute nets 19 in Goretti's win over MSD

December 21, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Seva Narkute had 19 points to lead St. Maria Goretti past Maryland School for the Deaf 50-36 Wednesday night in a girls basketball game at the Gael Center.

“It was a must-win game for us,” Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. “We already lost our first league game and didn’t want to lose this one.”

Goretti’s defensive focus was shutting down MSD’s Augusta Seremeth.

“We really wanted to maintain (Seremeth) tonight,” Rideout stated. “We tried not to give her any open looks.”

Despite the effort, Seremeth still finished with half of her team’s points, scoring 18.

Goretti (8-4) was tested in the first quarter as missed shots and a slew of turnovers kept the Orioles in the game. The Gaels led 14-11 after the first eight minutes of play.

The Gaels’ defense improved in the second quarter as they held MSD to only five points.

“We used some presses against them to force some turnovers,” Rideout said. “We were able to capitalize on some of those turnovers.”

Goretti committed 14 first-half turnovers — and finished with 21 in all — but the Orioles weren’t able to take advantage of the Gaels’ mistakes.

“Most of our turnovers were miscues. We were careless and tried forcing the ball too much,” Rideout said.

Goretti led 30-16 at halftime, but a 6-0 run by MSD after the break forced the Gaels to use back-to-back timeouts in order to regroup.

After the second timeout, the Orioles only managed two points the rest of the third quarter.

Narkute was backed by her fellow starters throughout the game. T.J. Tillman finished with 10 points, while Maggie Murray and Kris Cronise recorded seven points each.

“We got some balance from our main players tonight,” Rideout stated. “They distributed the ball well and all have the ability to spot up.”

Goretti was playing shorthanded as two players were out with family obligations while three others had to pull double duty and play both varsity and JV.

“We will able to get over it,” Rideout said. “I’ll take this win and go home.”

JV: Goretti, 39-11. SMG: Ava Mitchual 16 points.

Goretti 50, MSD 36
Narkute 19, Tillman 10, Cronise 7, Murray 7, Lorensen 5, Mitchual 2. Totals 19 6-13 50.
Seremeth 18, Lewis 8, Washington 4, DeSimone 2, Lewis 2, McConville 2. Totals 15 6-8 36.
Goretti     14    16    13    7    —    50
MSD        11    5    8    12    —    36
3-point goals — Goretti 6 (Narkute 4, Lorensen, Tillman).

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