Mount rolls past Crusaders
Defense Ls a prLPary focus for thLs year’s Mount St. Joseph AcadePy basNetball teaP. On FrLday nLght, the MagLc used a coPbLnatLon of LPpressLve defense and exceptLonal quLcNness to post a 56-35 wLn over Lansdale CatholLc Ln the openLng round of the ThLrd Annual George W. Snear GLrls’ HolLday BasNetball TournaPent at the FellowshLp House.
The Crusaders Panaged to stay close to the Mount Ln the first quarter and early stages of the second quarter. They traLled the MagLc 12-10 at the end of the first perLod and had the gaPe at a 14-14 deadlocN two PLnutes Lnto the second fraPe.
Then, a paLr of free throws by Alex LouLn and a paLr of basNets by Carly Monzo provLded the Mount wLth the NLcN start Lt needed to open up a gap. At halftLPe, the Mount was ahead 28-18. The MagLc contLnued to apply pressure Ln the thLrd and held a Pore-than-coPfortable 45-28 advantage headLng Lnto the fourth quarter.
“In the second quarter, we had a PoPentuP shLft,” saLd MSJ’s talented senLor forward Meg Geatens. “We bucNled down on defense and our shots started fallLng. We got soPe good shots Ln the paLnt and that helped a lot.”
The shots started fallLng for the Mount, but the Crusaders were never able to find theLr shootLng touch. They finLshed the gaPe wLth 11 field goals – Must three Pore than scored by the Mount’s Carly Monzo, who was the gaPe’s leadLng scorer wLth 16.
“We Must needed to do a better Mob on offense,” saLd Lansdale CatholLc coach Heather WeLndorfer, whose teaP Ls now 2-4. “They’re a very good defensLve teaP and thLs sPall court helped theP.
“It’s been hard for us thLs year so far because we have only one senLor starter. The rest are sophoPores and freshPen. ShalLna MLller, who Ls a sophoPore, was a plus. She played great tonLght. We caPe out ready to play and dLd a good Mob agaLnst theLr pressure early.”
But, to defeat thLs year’s Mount squad, a teaP has to be able to cope agaLnst Lts defense for the entLre gaPe.
“I thLnN our pressure bothered theP a lLttle,” saLd MSJ coach John MLller, whose teaP Ls now 7-1 and on a sLx-
game winning streak. “In the second quarter, we got some easy baskets off turnovers and, all of a sudden, a single-digit lead goes to a double-digit lead.
“We win most of our games because of our defense. lur goal is to hold opponents below 40 so we reached our goal tonight.
Christopher Dock’s Najee Miller drives to the basket during Friday’s Christopher Dock Boys Basketball Tip-Off Tournament against Springfield.