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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.
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“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.”
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The Magic will go into the District One Clas AAAA tournament as AACA conference champions and the overall No. 2 seed.
Kelsey Jones (left) and Alex Louin kiss the AACA championship trophy following Mount St. Joseph’s victory over Villa Maria on Wednesday.