Soud­er­ton edges Gwynedd Mercy in 2 over­times

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Ben Reese

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

Al­li­son Gal­lagher wasn’t named the Most Valu­able Player of the Wis­sahickon Hol­i­day Bas­ket­ball Clas­sic.

But she was the most valu­able player in the cham­pi­onship game, sink­ing a foul shot with 10.8 sec­onds left in the sec­ond over­time to lead Soud­er­ton to a 43-42 win over Gwynedd Mercy Academy. The win evens the In­di­ans’ record at 3-3 and drops the Monar­chs to 4-T.

How­ever, it wasn’t just the free throw that she made to win the game which made her valu­able to Soud­er­ton. It was the four 3-point­ers in­clud­ing one with 15.9 secRnGV rHPDLnLnJ Ln WKH firVW over­time and the game-high 1T points she scored.

Strangely enough, Soud­er­ton coach Lynn Car­roll said that Gal­lagher hasn’t been shoot­ing as well as she would like.

“She has really not been shoot­ing well all sea­son,” Car­roll said. “At least not con­sis­tently. Our foul shoot­ing was pretty hor­ri­ble, but she made the one that mat­tered.”

Gal­lagher felt that she PLJKW KDvH fiJurHG WKLnJV out in the shoot-around be­fore the game.

“I was just get­ting my­self set more,” she said. “(I was) fo­cus­ing a lit­tle bit bet­ter and just not let­ting them get in my head.”

What­ever the rea­son, it must have helped be­cause her of­fense kept the In­di­ans in the game when their of­fense was go­ing south.

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Gal­lagher got go­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter. She hit a layuS, D 3-SRLnWHr DnG finDOOy D bas­ket with 1.5 sec­onds left in the half to cut the Monar­chs’ lead to 19-14.

The In­di­ans got back into the game in the third quar­ter, outscor­ing Gwynedd Mercy 15-10. Those 15 points in­cluded two more 3-point­ers for Gal­lagher.

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But Gwynedd Mercy ran off two three-point plays, one with 3:36 left and one with 51.2 sec­onds re­main­ing to tie the game and send it into over­time.

Bianca Pi­card put Soud­er­ton up with a driv­ing layup Ln WKH firVW RvHrWLPH, buW Christa Giordano got the Monar­chs tied again with a pair of foul shots.

Then, with 15.9 sec­onds left, Gal­lagher hit her fourth trey for a 42-39 lead. How­ever, Gwynedd Mercy wasn’t done as Jenna RaVFKLDWRrH firHG Ln D WKrHH from the right side with 6.T sec­onds left to tie it again.

Fi­nally, with time run­ning out in the sec­ond OT, Gal­lagher hit one of two free throws to seal the deal. The Monar­chs couldn’t get a shot to drop.

For Car­roll, it was a com­bi­na­tion of her team’s of­fen­sive strug­gle early in the game and the sticky de­fense of Gwynedd Mercy.

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“Gwynedd Mercy, they make you earn ev­ery­thing on both ends of the court. While there were a ton of things that we did poorly, they de­serve credit be­cause they made us work and we may have had some more tal­ented play­ers on our side, but they (Gwynedd Mercy) didn’t play that way. They played really hard.”

GMA coach Tim Kowalski was happy with his team even in de­feat.

“I’m really proud,” he said. “I thought our ef­fort was really good.

“Maybe not the best of­fen­sive game for some of our top play­ers. I give a lot of credit to Soud­er­ton.

“I thought we did a great job on Pi­card, who’s a fan­tas­tic player. She had nine points, but she can just as eas­ily score 20 so I thought we did a great job there.”

The win was again a big one for Soud­er­ton.

“It’s a big turn­ing point for us,” Gal­lagher said. “Hav­ing been 1-3 and win­ning th­ese two and get­ting back to .500. It will be good to start the year with a not-los­ing record.”

Gal­lagher was the lone IndiDn Ln GRubOH fiJurHV. GLRrGDnR topped Gwynedd with 13 and Raschi­a­tore added 12.

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