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Girls Basketball: Gaels continue hot streak

January 31, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — St. Maria Goretti’s girls basketball team earned its 11th win in 12 games, 62-27 at Broadfording on Tuesday afternoon.

“Most of all, I was pleased with our defense and our intensity on the defensive end,” said Goretti assistant coach Mike Murray, who is filling in for Todd Rideout while he’s out with health issues. “That gave us a lot of fast-break opportunities and that led to a lot of layups. We did a good job controlling the boards. That was a big part of it as well by limiting them to one shot.”

Sophomore guard Saverija Narkute poured in 22 points for the Gaels (15-5). Narkute, an exchange student from Lithuania who averages about 16 points per game, also added five steals and four assists.

“First of all, we wanted to stress defense,” Narkute said. “We don’t think about offense, we just think about defense. We had a great game just because of our defense. Our team is very unselfish. It doesn’t matter who scores. ... We are getting better with every game. Every game is like a new challenge.”

T.J. Tillman had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Ama Mitchual added 10 points and six steals for the Gaels. Kris Cronise and Abbey Eich each had seven rebounds, Maggie Murray had five assists and Beth Eich added five rebounds and three blocks.

“I was impressed with the unselfishness of our team,” Mike Murray said. “We were passing to the open person. All of our players got a lot of minutes today. We got a great effort from all 10 players. I give credit to Broadfording for playing hard right down to the final whistle.”

Senior Katie Connolly had 16 points and five rebounds, while Jade Boone added six rebounds and five steals for Broadfording (7-12). Connolly is the leading scorer in the Tri-State area, averaging 20.8 points per game.

Narkute scored six points in the first quarter to help Goretti build a 16-3 lead. She added eight points in the second quarter as the Gaels increased their advantage to 32-9 at halftime, and poured in six more in the third quarter as Goretti made it 50-16.

Goretti 62, Broadfording 27
ST. MARIA GORETTI (15-5)
Murray 8, Mitchual 10, Narkute 22, A. Eich 4, Lorensen 4, Tillman 14. Totals 30 2-6 62.
BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (6-11)
Flook 4, Boone 5, Connolly 16, Myer 2. Totals 9 7-15 27.
Goretti    16    16    18    12    —    62
Broadfording    3    6    7    11    —    27
3-point goals — Broadfording 2 (Connolly 2).

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