Holy Fam­ily con­tin­ues win streak; trounces Con­cor­dia

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Steve Sherman

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Ed­i­tor Philadel­phia — What looked like it was go­ing to be a long day for the Holy Fam­ily Univer­sity women’s bas­ket­ball team turned into a short af­ter­noon Dec. 8 as the Lady Tigers, up by just four points at the half, ran away with a 24-point tri­umph Dec. 8 at the Cam­pus Cen­ter in Philadel­phia.

Af­ter miss­ing its first 12 field goal at­tempts, Holy Fam­ily picked up the pace, ig­nited by se­nior Erin Mann, who tal­lied all but 12 of the team’s 34 points be­fore the in­ter­mis­sion. Sparked by Mann, the Tigers reg­is­tered a 29-13 run in which they con­nected on 11-of-13 from the field and led by as many as 10 points in the first half. The Clip­pers (2-10, 1-5) bounced back how­ever, clos­ing out the pe­riod with a 10-4 run of its own, capped by a Tara Ann Rock three­p­ointer that just beat the half­time buzzer.

Holy Fam­ily, which hasn’t lost since drop­ping its sea­son-opener at Bent­ley way back on Nov. 11, ex­ploded out of the locker room with a 22-4 run to take a 56-34 edge. The Cen­tral At­lantic Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence (CACC) con­test was never in ques­tion af­ter that as the Tigers rolled to a 77-49 vic­tory.

“f think we like to keep it in­ter­est­ing for our fans,” quipped ju­nior cen­ter Carolyne He­ston, of Feasterville. “We picked it up and played really well in the sec­ond half.”

“That’s what hap­pens some­times,” added the prod­uct of Villa Joseph Marie. “We don’t play well on of­fense but our de­fense steps it up and plays big for us.”

Mann, a grad­u­ate of Villa Maria Academy from West Ch­ester, fin­ished with a game-high 29 points, just two shy of her ca­reer-high, to lead the Holy Fam­ily of­fense. She shot 9-of-17 from the field and con­verted 11of-13 free throw at­tempts, adding a game-high 11 re­bounds to record her fourth dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son.

“Erin is our go-to girl and ev­ery­one knows it,” said He­ston. “She is a great player both of­fen­sively and defn­sively and she really is a good leader out there for us.”

But Mann wasn’t the only player coming through on of­fense. Holy Fam­ily had 11 play­ers reach the scor­ing col­umn, eight of whom chipped in with five points or more.

HFU se­nior Molly Han­lon and ju­nior Mary Ellen McCol­lum of Abing­ton (St. Basil Academy) each scored seven points for the Tigers. Ju­nior Katie Duma added seven points and five re­bounds off the bench while fresh­man Kasey Woet­zel contributed a sea­son-best six points.

“Our bench is really deep; we play a lot of girls,” said He­ston. “We have play­ers who can score a lot one night and they don’t score the next night. Ev­ery­one is pretty well-rounded.”

The Tigers would lead by as many as 28 points late in the sec­ond half af­ter fresh­man Erin Fen­ning­ham drained a three-pointer to put Holy Fam­ily on top, 73-45, with 2:22 to go. Fen­ning­ham fin­ished with five points on 2-of-2 shoot­ing.

The Tigers outscored Con­cor­dia 43-19 af­ter the break and lim­ited the Clip­pers to just 7-of-33 shoot­ing from the field. The HFU de­fense held the Clip­pers to less than 30-per­cent shoot­ing (17-63) for the game, while the Tigers shot just un­der 40-per- cent (27-69).

For Con­cor­dia, se­nior Krystina Agard led the Clip­pers with 13 points to go along with eight re­bounds. Ju­nior Vic­to­ria Jones contributed seven points and had a team-high 10 re­bounds.

Ranked 13th in the re­cent USA To­day/ESPN NCAA Di­vi­sion ff Na­tional Top-25 Coaches’ Poll, Holy Fam­ily im­proves to 8-1 over­all and 5-0 in con­fer­ence play. The win also marked the Tigers’ eighth straight win.

“We take ev­ery­thing one game at a time, one day at a time,” ex­plained He­ston. “We try to get bet­ter each and ev­ery game and just con­tinue to play well.”

Coming off a sea­son in which it claimed a CACC

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Holy Fam­ily se­nior Erin Mann (No. 12) bat­tles for a re­bound in Lady Tigers’ re­cent dou­ble-digit win over Con­cor­dia. Mann led the Tigers with 29 points. (photo courtesy HFU Ath­let­ics)

Carolyne He­ston

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