Mount tops Villa foraa­cati­tle

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

ni­uele@mont­gomerynews.

com If any­one thought that Alex Louin and Mount St. Joseph were go­ing to let Villa Maria beat them two con­sec­u­tive years in the ACAA finDO, WKey KDG DnRWKeU WKLnJ coming.

Top-seeded Mount GRwneG VLOOD, 57-41, Ln WKe AACA FRnIeUenFe finDO. /eG Ey /RuLn’V 18-SRLnW SeUIRUPDnFe, MRunW SODyeG VROLG de­fense and hit timely three­p­oint­ers to take con­trol of the game in the sec­ond quar­ter. Although Villa never com­pletely went away un­til mid­way through the quar­ter , LW wDV FOeDU IURP eDUOy Rn that it was the Magic’s ti­tle to lose and they played that way.

“IW’V D WeUUL­fiF FRPSeWLWLve ri­valry be­tween th­ese two SURJUDPV, PRVWOy EeFDuVe we’ve been suc­cess­ful for VR ORnJ,” MRunW FRDFK -RKn Miller said. “Usu­ally the cham­pi­onship game is be­tween us and Villa Maria. We have a lot of re­spect for WKeP, I WKLnk Py JLUOV FDPe out and played a really terUL­fiF JDPe.”

/RuLn, wKR wDV nDPeG con­fer­ence MVP af­ter the JDPe, DFWeG DV WKe RSeneU DnG FORVeU IRU MRunW, VFRULnJ eLJKW SRLnWV Ln WKe fiUVW TuDUWeU DnG 10 SRLnWV Ln WKe ODVW. HRw­eveU, WKe WeDP eI­fort on de­fense and con­tri­bu­tions from ex­pe­ri­enced se­niors like Adri­enne Cel­lucci DnG MeJ GeDWenV, wKR KDG 10 DnG 12 SRLnWV, UeVSeFWLveOy, UeVuOWeG Ln D VFRUe line dif­fer­en­tial big­ger than most would have ex­pected. Although Villa Maria has had a great year and will be the top seed in the District One Class AAA tournDPenW, MRunW wDV UeDGy IRU UevenJe DnG WKey JRW LW, hand­ily.

“I’m not really look­ing to

score, but I just shot when I was open,” Louin said. “Ev­ery­one did a great job. Any­one who was open hit their shots. It really came Gown Wo DOO fivH SODyHrV on WKH floor GoLng wHOO. , WKLnN our GHIHnVH rHDOOy NHSW uV Ln the game. We didn’t for­get wKDW KDSSHnHG Ln WKH finDO last year.”

Both teams seemed a bit over-ex­cited in early go­ing, miss­ing many shots and turn­ing the ball over. Mount de­pended on Louin heav­ily Ln WKDW firVW HLgKW mLnuWHV DV the ju­nior notched eight of her team’s 11 points in the pe­riod. While the rest of the squad was get­ting its legs on the big stage, Louin stayed cool and pro­duced enough to give Mount a fivH-SoLnW OHDG KHDGLng LnWo the sec­ond.

The sec­ond quar­ter was the turn­ing point in the game. Although Louin car­ried the Magic in the open­ing pe­riod, some of her team­mates jumped into the fray not long af­ter. The com­bi­na­tion of a cou­ple of three-balls and three-point plays, along with more suf­fo­cat­ing de­fense, pow­ered Mount to a nine-point cush­ion go­ing into half­time. Geat­ens ex­ploded for seven of her 12 to­tal points in the pe­riod, in­clud­ing two con­verted and-ones. The Magic blasted Villa on the EoDrGV, mDNLng OLIH mLVHrable in the paint.

Although Villa opened the third with a 7-2 run, they could not hold down Mount for long. Once again, the Magic got big EDVNHWV Irom GHDWHnV DnG se­nior Adri­enne Cel­lucci to hold off any fur­ther dent in their lead. At the end of the pe­riod, Mount was still up eight points. When the fourth quar­ter started, D couSOH oI EDVNHWV SuW WKH Magic up by more than 10 DnG WKHy nHvHr OooNHG EDcN.

“Ob­vi­ously we had to play ex­tremely well to win,” Miller said. “When they pres­sured us, our girls had the courage to GrLvH Wo WKH EDVNHW wLWK the lead rather than just sit on the ball. Be­cause we scored in that sit­u­a­tion, that’s how we upped the VcorH. , Nnow WKH mDrgLn OooNV ELg, EuW , WKougKW both teams played hard, but we just played with a lot of ag­gres­sive­ness towDrG WKH EDVNHW.”

Villa seemed a bit tired, whereas the Mount was alert and ready to pounce on any loose ball and get ouW LnWo WKH oSHn floor. 7KH Magic ran the Hur­ri­canes up and down the court, wear­ing them out to the SoLnW WKDW D comHEDcN wDV im­pos­si­ble.

“, WKLnN wH GHVHrvHG WKH win, we were really pre­pared for this game men­tally and phys­i­cally,” Louin said.

The Magic will go into the District One Clas AAAA tour­na­ment as AACA con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons and the over­all No. 2 seed.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Kelsey Jones (left) and Alex Louin kiss the AACA cham­pi­onship tro­phy fol­low­ing Mount St. Joseph’s vic­tory over Villa Maria on Wed­nes­day.

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