By JACK HILL III
11:02 PM EST, January 17, 2013
The number 13 was lucky for the St. Maria Goretti girls basketball team and unlucky for Saint James on Thursday night.
The Gaels scored 13 straight points early in the first quarter to get on track to race to a 58-22 victory over the Saints in an Independent-Parochial School League game at Saint James’ Alumni Hall.
“We were more ready to play tonight than we were in our previous game,” Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. “We came out and we put some pressure on them. We were able to get some steals and turn them into easy baskets. We moved the ball around extremely well.
“We had three players in double figures. We need to do that in every game.”
Senior guard Maggie Murray scored a game-high 16 points for Goretti (3-11, 1-1). Freshman guard Claire Murray had 11 points and three steals, while senior forward Lauree Lorensen added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore center Abbey Eich had eight points and seven rebounds for the Gaels before she left midway through the second quarter with a badly sprained right wrist and did not return.
Lisle Bruns pulled down seven rebounds for Saint James (1-9, 0-4). Kerri Kline was the top scorer for the Saints with six points.
Kline opened up the game by burying a 3-pointer for Saint James. Goretti answered with its 13-0 run. Claire Murray sank 1 of 2 foul shots and freshman Carly Kramer made a 3 to put the Gaels on top for good at 4-3. Maggie Murray eventually capped the run with a basket to make it 13-3 with 1:59 to go in the period.
Kline buried another 3 for the Saints to stop the run, but the Gaels responded with a pair of buckets to end the period with a 17-6 lead. Eich had six rebounds and six points in the quarter.
Goretti increased its advantage to 28-9 by halftime. The Gaels outscored the Saints 22-3 in the third quarter to expand their lead to 50-12.
“Our main goal tonight was to stop their top scorer, Kerri Kline,” Rideout said. “We wanted to keep her under 10 points and we were able to do that. This was the best team basketball that we have played all year.”
“Goretti came out and played an outstanding game,” Saints coach Jim Fahey said. “They took it to us. They were aggressive and relentless. My team wasn’t ready to play tonight and I take the responsibility for that. I have no excuses and it is my fault. We will start over tomorrow in practice.”
Goretti 58, Saint James 22
ST. MARIA GORETTI (3-11, 1-1)
M. Murray 16, C. Murray 11, Eich 8, Litzinger 2, Lorensen 11, Kramer 5, Rock 1, Katrina 4. Totals 24 7-15 58.
SAINT JAMES (1-9, 0-4)
Fahey 4, Kline 6, Bruns 5, Abeles 2, Guillard 1, Remley 4. Totals 9 2-8 22.
Goretti 17 11 22 8 — 58
Saint James 6 3 3 10 — 22
3-point goals — St. Maria Goretti 3 (M. Murray, Lorensen, Kramer), Saint James 2 (Kline 2).
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