Fuegel, de­fense lead St. Basil past School of the Fu­ture

The Globe - - OPINION - By Dave Hol­loway

When Ha­jaaha Stevens won the open­ing tap, then pro­ceeded to post up and get a high-per­cent­age shot on the JDmH’s firsW SRssHssLRn )rLGDy night, it ap­peared as though the School of the Fu­ture had some­thing to work with even though the ball rolled around the rim and off.

BuW WKDW firsW ORRN wDs mighty de­ceiv­ing be­cause it was more than four min­utes and nine turnovers later be­fore the Fire­birds put up an­other shot. And then it was an­other 3½ min­utes and an­other six turnovers be­fore a third shot was taken.

By then, St. Basil had a 16-2 lead and was well on its way to a 69-29 vic­tory in WKH firsW rRunG Rf WKH 3,AA Class AA play­offs at Colo­nial Mid­dle School.

St. Basil coach Terry Mancini was more than diplo­matic about the win.

“,W’s D sWDWH SODyRff JDmH, ,’m rHDOOy KDSSy wLWK KRw my girls came out,” he said. “We’re really play­ing loose and it shows in that we are shoot­ing really well. And de­fen­sively, our guards are really good. Kalee Fuegel and Molly Green­berg, we feed off of their en­ergy.”

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Rf min­utes, there was never a doubt about that. Even though WKH 3DnWKHrs wHrH D OLWWOH sORw out of the gate on of­fense, the GHfHnsH wDs sWLflLnJ.

“The last three games we’ve played in 2A, that’s how we’ve been play­ing,” Mancini said. “Our de­fense GLFWDWHs Rur Rf­fHnsH. ,W NLnG of gets us go­ing, gets girls in­volved. We work on that stuff. We are very big on our de­fense.”

And then Fuegel took care of the of­fense. The ju­nior scored 10 straight points, in­clud­ing knock­ing down a cou­ple of three-point­ers, to JHW WKH 3DnWKHrs Rn WKH rRDG to round two.

Mancini was hardly sur­prised.

“6KH’s wDs firsW WHDm AOOLeague, so she’s ca­pa­ble of that at any time,” he said. “6KH’s D YHry un­sHO­fisK SODyer. We wish she would be mRrH sHO­fisK, EuW WKH sNy Ls the limit for her.”

“My team­mates got me good passes,” Fuegel said, “DnG WKHn , WrLHG WR ORRN fRr FuWWHrs. , WKRuJKW wH wRrNHG hard. We didn’t know what to ex­pect be­cause we had never played them be­fore.”

Once the lead got to 20 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, Mancini started emp­ty­ing the bench. But it didn’t seem to mat­ter who wDs Rn WKH flRRr fRr WKH 3Dn- thers. St. Basil led 36-9 at in­ter­mis­sion then in­creased the ad­van­tage to 52-19 af­ter three quar­ters.

TKH 3DnWKHrs SODyHG 15 play­ers and 14 of them scored at least one bas­ket. Fuegel led the way with 16 points, while Sarah Wil­son scored nine and Karen Lap­kiewicz chipped in with eight.

Stevens led the Fire­birds with 15 points and 10 re­bounds.

The win was easy, but was well worth the ef­fort.

“You get your feet wet,” 0DnFLnL sDLG. “,’m surH WKH next game (against District 3’s Delone Catholic on Tues­day) will be tougher, but we got the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing in a state play­off game.

“We know it’s go­ing to get tougher as we move for­ward, but we have to play who is on the sched­ule and that team was on our sched­ule.

“And we want vance.”

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Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

St. Basil’s Karen Lap­kiewicz drives to the bas­ket past School of the Fu­ture’s Ha­jaaha Stevens.

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