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The St. Bede girls basketball team had the green light to shoot from long range heading into Monday’s non-conference matchup with Sterling Newman.
The Lady Bruins took full advantage.
St. Bede scored 21 of its 27 first-half points on 7-of-16 shooting behind the 3-point line to build an eight-point lead at halftime that it didn’t relinquish en route to a 53-37 win over the Lady Comets.
“I told them before the game that we’re in our house and to shoot the ball with confidence — and we were stroking ’em,” said St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal of the Lady Bruins’ early shooting success.
Senior Lydia Stariha led the first-half blitz with a trio of 3-pointers, and junior Maritsa Hermosillo added a pair of her own in the opening two quarters.
Meanwhile, the St. Bede defense clamped down and did not allow a second-quarter field goal from Newman, which managed just four points off free throws during the stretch as SBA took a 27-19 lead into the break.
“We were shooting well. We were doing well offensively with nice penetration off the dribble and kicking it out,” McGunnigal said.
Newman managed to trim the Academy advantage to six points twice in the third quarter, the second of which came on a hook shot from junior forward Mary Alice Oswalt with just more than four minutes remaining.
However, the Lady Bruins responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from Hermosillo and junior Laura Sickley to bring the lead back up to double digits at 38-26.
The Lady Bruins never led by less than double digits the rest of the way. Hermosillo finished with a team-high 14 points, which included a trio of treys.
“Maritsa Hermosillo played a phenomenal game for us,” McGunnigal said. “I was really pleased with her effort on both ends of the floor. Everything came together for her tonight. It was really nice to see. She’s a nice contributor for us and she’s worked her way into the starting lineup.”
Stariha had 13 points, including 3-of-6 shooting from downtown, and five rebounds for St. Bede, while senior center Mo Dean had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Oswalt led the Lady Comets (4-3) with 15 points, while Rachel Hageman joined her in double-digit scoring with 11 points and hauled in six rebounds.
Note: St. Bede swept the night as it held on to capture a 36-34 win in a down-to-the-wire sophomore contest.
Chris Yucus can be reached at 220-6995, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsChris.
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