St. Basil’s un­beaten streak con­tin­ues

St. Basil stays per­fect with league win over Gwynedd Mercy

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Call it the away court ad­van­tage.

“We’re better on a big­ger floor,” St. Basil coach Terry Mancini said, and right­fully so af­ter his team put on an im­pres­sive per­for­mance at Gwynedd Mercy Academy Thurs­day night. “We can spread out, and spac­ing is so im­por­tant with our of­fense. And you saw that in the sec­ond half.”

The Pan­thers got go­ing in the third quar­ter against Gwynedd, turn­ing a tight, five-point ad­van­tage into an 18-point cush­ion, go­ing on to a 53-25 vic­tory over the Monar­chs in a Catholic Acad­e­mies League con­test.

Un­beaten on the road and at home, St. Basil im­proved to 13-0, in­clud­ing a 7-0 mark in the league.

“In the locker room at half­time, we talked about in­ten­sity and get­ting up our en­ergy,” said Pan­ther ju­nior Jules Gura. “We just had to take a deep breath and col­lect our­selves.

“This court’s an ad­van­tage to us be­cause we use a lot of space on the floor, but it does get re­ally loud. It’s a lit­tle bit of a tough place to play but it works to our ad­van­tage in some ways.”

It was Gura who came up with a steal and break­away layin to stretch the Basil lead to 22-13 early in the third. She later got into the Gwynedd pass­ing lane, in­ter­cepted the ball and was on her way to an­other steal and layup, this one stretch­ing the ad­van­tage to 20.

Those two plays were part

of a 17-4 third quar­ter for the vis­i­tors, as the Pan­thers cracked open the game and found enough room to start hit­ting piv­otal threes — they would hit a to­tal of 11 in the con­test.

“We were slug­gish in the first half and a lit­tle out of sync, and you have to give credit to Gwynedd — they did a real nice job with­out one of their re­ally good play­ers (Maura Con­roy, out sick),” Mancini said. “Usu­ally that hap­pens when one of your best play­ers isn’t play­ing — the other girls step up.

“Once our girls set­tled down in the sec­ond half, we got into the flow and Jules had a real big steal to start that for us,” said Mancini, whose team won 4019 over GMA ear­lier in the year at home. “I think our de­fen­sive pres­sure helped us get go­ing in the sec­ond half. Phys­i­cally and de­fen­sively, GMA did a real good job in the first half — they have a good coach (Tom Lon­er­gan), good team. So to come into this gym and win a game is a good thing.”

Basil’s de­fense led to a sev­eral con­tri­bu­tions on of­fense, as Gura had 10 points, Casey Re­molde had seven, Ch­eryl Re­molde, Kelly Grant and Lizzie Deal each hit a pair of threes to add six points apiece, and se­nior Natalie Ku­cowski, sta­bi­liz­ing Basil in the early go­ing with tough re­bound­ing, led all scor­ers with 11.

The Monar­chs, who got a team-high eight points from Me­gan Dougherty, closed to 18-13 at the half.

“It didn’t go as ex­pected in the sec­ond half,” Dougherty said. “I just don’t think we came out as strong, started to lose our fo­cus. I think we need to take a step back, go over what we did, what we could have done better. And hope­fully we’ll see them in the play­offs.

“Our first half was in­cred­i­ble. We all played as a team. We re­ally fo­cused on box­ing out, es­pe­cially on Nat (Ku­cowski). That was our main point, to help col­lapse on her, and make sure we were con­test­ing threes.” St. Basil 53, GMA 25

St. Basil 15 3 17 18—53 Gwynedd Mercy 7 6 4 8 — 25

St. Basil: Casey Re­molde 3 0-0 7, Natalie Ku­cowski 4 1-2 11, Ch­eryl Re­molde 2 0-0 6, Jules Gura 4 1-2 10, Kelly Grant 2 0-0 6, Lizzie Deal 2 0-0 6, Katie Dougherty 2 0-0 5, Lau­ren Ems 1 0-0 2. To­tals 20 2-4 53. Gwynedd Mercy: Danielle Se­nour 2 0-0 4, Me­gan Dougherty 2 3-4 8, Brynn Flan­nery 1 0-0 2, Ge­or­gia Cat­tie 1 2-3 4, Molly Hut­ton 1 0-0 2, Sarah White 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Martin 1 1-2 3. To­tals 9 6-9 25. 3-point­ers: Ca. Re­molde, Ku­cowski 2, Ch. Re­molde 2, Gura, Grant 2, Deal 2, K. Dougherty, M. Dougherty.

BOB RAINES — DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA

St. Basil’s Jules Gura goes for a lay-up on a fast-break against Gwynedd Mercy dur­ing their game Thurs­day.

BOB RAINES — DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA

St. Basil’s Lizzie Deal gets fouled as she drives be­tween Gwynedd Mercy’s Carly Bachin­sky and Re­ganne Flan­nery on Thurs­day.

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