Mount rolls past Lans­dale Catholic

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Denny Dyroff

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

De­fense is a pri­mary fo­cus for this year’s Mount St. Joseph Academy bas­ket­ball team. On Fri­day night, the Magic used a com­bi­na­tion of im­pres­sive de­fense and ex­cep­tional quick­ness to post a 56- 35 win over Lans­dale Catholic in the open­ing round of the Third An­nual Ge­orge W. Sn­ear Girls’ Hol­i­day Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment at the Fel­low­ship House.

The Cru­saders man­aged to stay close to the Mount in the first quar­ter and early stages of the sec­ond quar­ter. They trailed the Magic 12- 10 at the end of the first pe­riod and had the game at a 14- 14 dead­lock two min­utes into the sec­ond frame.

Then, a pair of free throws by Alex Louin and a pair of bas­kets by Carly Monzo pro­vided the Mount with the kick start it needed to open up a gap. At half­time, the Mount was ahead 28-18. The Magic con­tin­ued to ap­ply pres­sure in the third and held a more-thancom­fort­able 45-28 ad­van­tage head­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

“In the sec­ond quar­ter, we had a mo­men­tum shift,” said MSJ’s tal­ented se­nior for­ward Meg Geat­ens. “We buck­led down on de­fense and our shots started fall­ing. We got some good shots in the paint and that helped a lot.”

The shots started fall­ing for the Mount, but the Cru­saders were never able to find their shoot­ing touch. They fin- ished the game with 11 field goals – just three more than scored by the Mount’s Carly Monzo, who was the game’s lead­ing scorer with 16.

“We just needed to do a bet­ter job on of­fense,” said Lans­dale Catholic coach Heather Wein­dor­fer, whose team is now 2-4. “They’re a very good de­fen­sive team and this small court helped them.

“It’s been hard for us this year so far be­cause we have only one se­nior starter. The rest are sopho­mores and fresh­men. Shalina Miller, who is a sopho­more, was a plus. She played great tonight. We came out ready to play and did a good job against their pres­sure early.”

But, to de­feat this year’s Mount squad, a team has to be able to cope against its de­fense for the en­tire game.

“I think our pres­sure both­ered them a lit­tle,” said MSJ coach John Miller, whose team is now T-1 and on a sixgame win­ning streak. “In the sec­ond quar­ter, we got some easy bas­kets off turnovers and, all of a sud­den, a sin­gledigit lead goes to a dou­bledigit lead.

“We win most of our games be­cause of our de­fense. Our goal is to hold op­po­nents be­low 40 so we reached our goal tonight.

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