Cabrini defeated Dominican 47-33 Tuesday night in the first game in the winners bracket of Dominican’s Thanksgiving Classic tournament.

“Today wasn’t 32 minutes of hard basketball,” said Cabrini coach Nancy Walsh.

“But we finished strong, which is good for us.”

Cabrini senior guard Erin Temple led the way with 14 points, shooting the ball well inside and behind the 3-point arc.

“It was just great passes from my teammates,” she said.

Temple also played good defense on Dominican’s best shooter, Kayla Noto, limiting her to nine points.

Temple has a Defensive Player of the Year award to her credit, but she says her teammates have a lot to do with that as well.

“They’re calling the screens for me and helping me fight through it,” she said.

Tia Carter contributed 10 points for Cabrini, while Gabby Sperber led Dominican with 14 points.

Cabrini’s defense as whole played tough. They never gave up the lead and did not allow Dominican to score until the 3:40 mark in the opening period.

The Crescents led 29-13 lead at halftime.

Dominican managed a couple of small runs. Cabrini’s offense went cold for the first part of the second half, and Dominican went on an 8-2 run to pull within eight points with just over three minutes left in the third period. At that point Walsh called a timeout.

“I just told them about the Salmen game,” Walsh said.

“I just reminded them that we did not want another slip-up, and we took care of business.”

Cabrini closed the third quarter by scoring the last seven points to stretch its lead to 36-21.

Dominican’s last gasp came midway through the fourth as it employed a full-court press. They generated some turnovers and cut Cabrini’s lead down to nine points with just under five minutes left. Again, Walsh called for a timeout, and her team responded by giving up just three points the rest of the way.

Cabrini will play Mount Carmel at 10 a.m. Wednesday, while Dominican will take on John Curtis at the same time. Cabrini will play in Gym 1 and Dominican in Gym 2.