potential return to the regional tournament to avenge last year’s loss
to Findlay. Saturday, by routing Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 67-35, the
Lady Irish pushed their record to 9-0 and set up a key City League game
with Toledo Notre Dame next Monday.
Last night’s game was not a pretty one. It was obvious from the beginning that SVSM was over-matched. SVSM had difficulty getting the ball up court and overall commited 36 turnovers.
In the first quarter alone SVSM committed 10 turnovers, which could have led to the game being pushed out of reach, but the aggressive and physical play of SVSM enabled it to stay close at quarter’s end down just 13-9.
Oddly, despite its tendency to turn the ball over, SVSM cut the deficit to two points in the second quarter but the turnovers began to take their toll as the quarter progressed. Central Catholic scored the next 11 points to go ahead 26-13 which proved to be the beginning of the end for SVSM.
During their 11 point run, the Lady Irish received a mild scare when their senior guard and floor general, Sharise Calhoun, went down with an apparent knee injury. The Irish training staff took every precaution to insure that Calhoun was treated properly as they removed her from the court but Calhoun’s return to the line-up in the second half served to advise everyone in attendance that her injury was not serious.
In Calhoun’s absence the Irish hardly missed a beat as fellow senior guard Danielle Lewis took over as the Irish point guard. The Irish offense hardly missed a beat while Calhoun was in the locker room and Irish coach Steve Pfahler praised Lewis’ efforts.
“I thought Danielle Lewis did a great job tonight distributing the ball when Calhoun went out,” Pfahler said. “Her efforts made a big difference.”
Under Lewis’ guidance the Irish offense continued to click on all cylinders and by the time the teams left the court at halftime the Irish enjoyed a 17 point lead and there was little to indicate that SVSM had the personnel to manage a comeback.
In the second half the patterns continued. SVSM continued to turn the ball over with regularity and the Central Catholic continued to demonstrate the depth of their bench as they substituted freely. By game’s end, 10 Irish players had scored.
Leading the way for the Lady Irish was Brianna Jones with 18 and Katelyn Nowacki with 13. For SVSM Maria Arnone put up 9.