Tood ousted by Cru­saders

The Globe - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

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Ev­ery­thing ap­peared to be go­ing right for Arch­bishop toodK

qhe three-time de­fend­ing state cham­pion iady sik­ings, whose ex­pe­ri­ence has gone a long way over the past few post­sea­sons, weren’t miss­ing many shotsK qheir op­po­nent, ian­caster Catholic, was miss­ing al­most ev­ery­thing, and the mo­men­tum ap­peared to be on tood’s sideK

BuW WKHQ, WKH WKLrG TuDrWHr hap­penedK

ft was a tale of two halves, DV /DQFDVWHr CDWKROLF fiQished the third on an N8-N run and even­tu­ally cruised to a RQ-QS win over tood in a mfAA Class AAA sec­ond round play­off at oeading High pchool’s dei­gle Com­plex on ted­nes­day nightK

ae­spite lead­ing by nine at the half, the iady sik­ings were un­able to hit their free throws, while iC’s morscha ppeller scored NP of her OQ points in the third to help the Cru­saders EPM-NF to the vic­to­ryK

“te came out in the third TuDrWHr DQG PLVVHG VLx IRuO shots,” tood coach gim oicci saidK “te missed a cou­ple shots af­ter that and when things like that hap­pen, things just rollK morscha Ep­pellerF had a great game for them and she was hard to stopK vou have to give them cred­itK f thought we played hard, but some­times you get beat by a bet­ter team with a great play­erK”

fn a re­match of last year’s state play­off game, tood was with­out ju­nior Ha­ley pcul­lion due to in­jury, but it didn’t ap­pear to af­fect the iady sik­ings too much early onK

Af­ter a slow start, tood found its groove thanks to a pair of treys by sopho­more oachel aay, who helped put the iady sik­ings up NR-9 DIWHr RQH TuDrWHr. ,Q WKH VHFond, tood in­creased its lead thanks to some solid three­p­oint shoot­ing from ju­niors Colleen voung and Mad­die qam­buriniK

qhe iady sik­ings led ORNS at the half, with qam­burini’s seven points lead­ing the wayK

,Q WKH WKLrG TuDrWHr, WKLQJV went down­hill for the iady sik­ings, as the Cru­sadHrV fiQLVKHG WKH SHrLRG RQ D OO-N run and led P8-PO en­ter­ing the fourthK iC’s run stretched to OO-N early in the fourth, as tood had to watch as its sea­son slipped awayK

“f think we came out really

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