John Curtis might have defeated Mount Carmel for last year’s Dominican Thanksgiving Classic title, but Tuesday it was the Cubs who won 58-41.
Mount Carmel will play the Dominican-Cabrini winner at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The winner from that game will play Destrehan at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the championship game. The Wildcats defeated Thibodaux 58-44.
“The best thing for us was ball movement,” first-year Mount Carmel coach Kevin McGlathery said. “We moved the ball around really well. We had a lot of assists. We were able to get some easy ones on turnovers. That’s always good to get you started. We got great ball movement today.”
Mount Carmel (4-0) had a balanced offense with eight of its 13 players scoring. Taylor Berry led the Cubs with a game-high 26 points. The other double-figures scorer was Paige Franckiewicz, who had 11.
Farryn Wallow led the Patriots (2-2) with 18 points, and Dynah Jones had 17.
“Especially since we lost a lot of seniors last year, we wanted to come back stronger and reevaluate the way we played,” Berry said. “With a new head coach coming in, we really wanted to focus on spreading the ball and moving the ball. The best teams have a lot of teamwork in it.”
Berry said she feels optimistic about the season.
“I’m just very proud of my team, happy for my girls, that we’re playing so hard and have so much teamwork. I think the chemistry is really going great. I’m really looking forward to the season.”
Mount Carmel held a 31-16 halftime lead, however, John Curtis cut that to 10 in the fourth period.
With 6:49 left, a Jones 3-point play cut the Mount Carmel lead to 44-34.
The Cubs then went on a 5-0 run, with all the points coming on free throws. The last one was with 4:38 left came when Berry sank one of two free throws for a 49-34 lead.
A layup by Jones 21 seconds cut the lead to 49-36.
After a Jones layup, Wallow sank one of two free throws with 3:17 left to cut the lead to 49-39.
From there, Mount Carmel close the game on a 9-2 run.
“We haven’t quite found our strength yet, but we are a young team with a lot of potential,” John Curtis coach Barbara Farris said.
“I think one of the strengths we haven’t had in a while is we do have a bench. It’s just we’re not playing with the confidence and the smarts right now to utilize it.”