Goretti girls put up a fight to take down Saint James

January 07, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Saint James and St. Maria Goretti girls basketball teams threw everything they had against each other in Saturday’s Independent-Private School League matchup, but Goretti used endurance to come out with a 50-42 victory.

“It was a typical Saint James-Goretti game,” said Goretti coach Todd Rideout. “Both teams fought tooth and nail.”

Goretti (9-4, 2-1) had the lead 11-9 at the end of the first quarter and kept the pressure on in the second.

Severija Narkute hit a 3-pointer, Kris Cronise had a three-point play and Lauree Lorensen hit a basket to keep Goretti, ahead while Kerri Kline scored four points and Lisle Bruns and Maddie Guillard added baskets to keep  Saint James within two at 19-17.

From that point, Saint James’ Jordan Wills asserted herself. Wills — who was held scoreless in the first quarter — scored five of the Saints’ six points in the final 45 seconds to give Saint James (2-2, 1-1) a 23-19 lead at halftime.

“Wills just kept shooting,” said Saint James coach Lou Canelli. “She was on fire tonight.”

“(The Saints) just outhustled us in the first half,” said Rideout. “They got their second chances.”

Wills kept the hot hand in the third period, hitting two 3-pointers — she finished with four 3s in the game — and scoring eight points in the quarter. Wills finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

However, the Saints got into foul trouble, continuously putting Goretti on the line.

The Gaels went 8-for-11 from the foul line in the third quarter, taking a 37-31 lead. The Saints bounced back with a six-point run to tie the game at 37 heading into the fourth quarter.

“When they got those runs we were way too relaxed,” said Rideout. “They passed extremely well and found the open shooter.”

Despite the heroics, Saint James faded down the stretch as Goretti did just enough for the victory.

Saint James managed two field goals in the fourth quarter and two Saints — Kerri Kline and Margaret Bacon — fouled out. Kline left after producing 11 points and six rebounds.

The Gaels stepped it up on defense and hit four field goals, but they allowed the game to stay closer than they would have liked as Goretti hit just 4 of 15 foul shots in the fourth quarter.

“The Saints got into foul trouble,” Rideout said. “We shot less than 60 percent from the foul line, but we had our opportunities to score.”

“I don’t know if we ran out of gas but our offense got stagnant,” said Canelli. “We just couldn’t pull through. And their boxing out killed us.”

The Gaels outrebounded the Saints 36-30, led by Tillman with nine. Maggie Murray led Goretti with 13 points and five rebounds, while Narkute had 12 points and six rebounds.

“This is the first time that we’ve played in nearly three weeks,” Rideout said. “This was a gut-check game.”

St. Maria Goretti 50, Saint James 42
SAINT JAMES  (2-2, 1-1)
Kline 11, Bacon 4, Wills 17, Bruns 4, Guillard 6. Totals 17 3-6 42.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (9-4, 2-1)
Murray 13, Narkute 12, Cronise 8, B. Eich 4, Lorensen 8, Tillman 5. Totals 16 15-30 50.
St. James    9    14    14    5    —    42
Goretti    11    8    18    13    —    50
3-point goals — Saint James 5 (Wills 4, Kline); Goretti 3 (Murray 2, Narkute). Rebounds — Saint James 30 (Wills 10); Goretti 36 (Tillman 9). Turnovers — Saint James 25; Goretti 18. Fouled out — Kline, Bacon.

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