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La Salle-Peru sophomore center Ellie Seneca (No. 33) extends for a rebound over teammate Jena Argubright (No. 1) and St. Bede’s Raley Mauck (No. 32) while teammate Brianna Argubright looks on in Tuesday’s game at L-P. NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
La Salle-Peru senior Brianna Argubright believes Tuesday may be a turning point for the Lady Cavaliers.
That’s because L-P checked off its first big goal of the season — beat rival St. Bede.
The Lady Cavs jumped on the Lady Bruins early, built a 19-point third quarter lead and withstood a late charge to beat St. Bede 51-42 at La Salle-Peru.
“It just feels like as a team we are finally getting to the point where we can accomplish our goals,” said Argubright, who was extra motivated Tuesday as she spent her first two years of high school at the Academy. “This was one of our first goals of the season. We’ve still got Ottawa, we’ve got our conference and we’ve got regionals, so this is the first step.”
The Lady Cavs took that step by executing their game plan defensively and catching fire from the outside offensively.
After scouting the Lady Bruins on Monday, L-P coach Hollis Vickery had his team focus on slowing down St. Bede’s perimeter shooting while realizing it would give up points in the paint to St. Bede center Mo Dean.
“Defensively, the plan was to let them close out and give up some of the middle but don’t let them get the kick out,” Vickery said. “(Monday) I had the chance to scout them and the biggest thing they did very well was kick out, so the major part of the game was to shut down the 3(-pointer), and we did it by effort, hustle and just all-out will.”
Dean did hurt the Lady Cavs, scoring eight points in the first quarter and finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds, but St. Bede (4-5) managed just one 3-pointer — by Alex Alleman in the fourth quarter.
“I think what it was for us was our closeouts,” L-P senior Mia Porter said about the key to L-P’s defense. “Our closeouts were really good. It really messed them up and they didn’t know what to do.”
The Lady Cavs (2-4), meanwhile, had no problems from the outside.
L-P senior Brittany Zawacki drained three 3-pointers in the first half —including a 3 with 4:11 left in the first quarter that gave L-P the lead for good at 7-4 —and Porter knocked down two of her own —including a trey at the first quarter buzzer — as L-P built a 30-16 halftime lead.
Porter also hit two key 3-pointers in the third quarter en route to her game-high 18 points.
“Coach always talks about us being in rhythm,” said Zawacki, who finished with 16 points and five rebounds. “I think we passed the ball around really well tonight and we looked for the open person. We were playing in rhythm and everything fell together.”
The Lady Cavs also capitalized on second chances as they outrebounded St. Bede 45-25, had 12 possessions with multiple opportunities and scored 19 points on second or third chances.
The Lady Bruins turned up their defensive pressure in the second half.
St. Bede forced five consecutive turnovers and held L-P scoreless for a 3:40 stretch in the third quarter, but managed just three points during that time and entered the final eight minutes down 42-25.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Bruins forced 10 turnovers and made a run, pulling as close as seven points (49-42) on a fast break layup by Lydia Stariha with 1:23 left.
“We were just too deep in a hole,” McGunnigal said. “We started to play aggressive and we started to make some plays happen that we weren’t able to make happen in the first half. It was just too little, too late.
“We have to come away from this with something, and I think we will. … We have to concentrate better and we have to be a little bit stronger going to the basket. (We have to) take on action, take on physicality and put the ball in the hole a little bit more. We have to keep working. It’s a sign of a young team that’s still learning when you have those inconsistencies going on.”
Note: The L-P sophomore team won 31-22.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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