John Curtis looked to not only improve in the win column, but to give the Patriots two senior players something to celbrate — a victory on senior night.
Despite the added motivation to get a win, the Patriots didn’t have enough firepower to stay with the Cubs.
Mount Carmel (23-6) never trailed and cruised to a 48-27 victory over John Curtis, spoiling the senior night in River Ridge.
Curtis coach Barbara Farris said her team was young, but she hoped her talented team could overcome that.
“We are an extremely young team, but a very talented one”, said Farris. “We didn’t have enough to stay with them, and it showed on the court. We didn’t execute at the right times and were out hustled on loose balls. We just have to get to practice and fix those issues.”
Mount Carmel’s Paige Franckiewicz led all scorers with 13 points and recorded six rebounds. Her three 3-pointers were tied for a team high with Megan Donaldson. After a red, hot first half, Donaldson finished with 11 points and four rebounds.
Dynah Jones had the hot hand after halftime, scoring six unanswered points to pull Curtis (17-13) within eight points. She went on to lead the team in scoring with 10 points. Cubs guard Jordan Berry came off the bench to provide a defensive spark. She recorded three steals, while adding four points in limited play. Lauren Bodino give the Patriots fits around the basket, going 3-for-3 in the first quarter. She finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Mount Carmel coach Jamie Thomatis said she wanted her team to try and build off the momentum generated in a win on Monday.
“I hope that we can come out and play relaxed and execute normally,” said Thomatis. “We played so well within the month of January, but I felt we just never really closed teams out. We needed to show that tonight in order take our game to the next level.”
After closing the first half with a 30-19 lead, it was evident that the Cubs received their coach’s message. Fueled by Donaldson’s nine points, the Cubs shot 6-for-9 from three point territory.
Mount Carmel opened with a barrage of three-pointers to lead 13-3 in the first quarter. The Cubs hit four consecutive buckets from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Patriots found it tough going against the Cubs’ tight man to man defense.
Da’Jha Virgil led the way in the opening half for Curtis with nine points. Teammate Abryhia Irons chipped in six points.