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St. Bede girls basketball coach Tom McGunnigal had a simple explanation for his team’s performance Thursday.
“We had no pride in anything we did tonight,” McGunnigal said after his team’s 51-27 loss to Kewanee in a Three Rivers Conference South Division game at the Academy. “That’s what I just wrote on the board (in the locker room after the game). We have to figure it out. If you don’t play with pride, you are going to look like that.”
Aside from a 6-0 run in the first quarter, the Lady Bruins struggled to score and had trouble slowing down the Boilermakers.
“We played terrible,” McGunnigal said. “Both ends of the floor we played terrible.” The Lady Bruins fell behind 7-3 early in the game but two Hanna Bima baskets sandwiching a Raley Mauck jumper gave St. Bede a 6-0 run and a 9-7 lead with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
That’s when things started to unravel for the Lady Bruins.
St. Bede started to struggle with Kewanee’s 1-3-1 zone with 5-foot-8 freshman Rachel Moraski causing havoc at the top.
Moraski swiped back-to-back steals to help the Boilermakers close the opening period on a 5-0 run to take a 12-9 lead.
The Lady Bruins continued to struggle in the second as they failed to score in the frame and turned the ball over five times on 12 possessions as Kewanee built a 20-9 halftime lead.
“It didn’t affect us one bit,” McGunnigal said about Kewanee’s zone. “(Kewanee coach) Chuck (Blake) has been running that for however long he’s been coaching. Nothing they did tonight surprised us. Everything we did surprised me.”
The Lady Bruins showed some life out of the break as Sophie Carus scored 17 seconds into the third quarter to end St. Bede’s 11-minute drought, and Emma Perona scored on St. Bede’s next possession to cut the deficit to seven at 20-13.
However, the Boilermakers responded as Danielle Steffen completed a three-point play and Moraski drained a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to push Kewanee’s lead to 26-13 with 5:18 left in the third.
The Boilermakers pushed their lead to 34-16 by the end of the third quarter and led by at least 16 points the entire fourth quarter.
Mauck led the Lady Bruins (7-10, 2-3 TRC South) with 12 points and three rebounds. No other St. Bede player had more than four points.
Moraski led the Boilermakers (9-10, 5-2 TRC South) with game highs of 20 points and five steals.
Note: Kewanee also won the sophomore game, edging St. Bede 32-29.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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