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Prep basketball: Catch you later

Hart girls explode in second half to run away from overmatched St. Bonaventure

Posted: January 6, 2011 9:56 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2011 4:55 a.m.

Hart guard Mariah Glasshoff (13) slices her way past the defense of St. Bonaventure’s Natalie Gear (20) for a basket as Hart’s Madyson Stately (22) looks on Thursday at Hart High School. The Indians beat the Seraphs 72-25.

Hart struggled to gain separation from St. Bonaventure in the first half, so it did all it could do to compensate.

Play good defense and keep taking shots.

The results in the second half spoke for themselves.

After making 25 percent of its shots in the first half, Hart sprinted to a 72-25 victory over St. Bonaventure of Ventura on Thursday night at Hart High.

The Indians were organized on offense, running plays, getting open looks and second chances, but the Seraphs were able to stick around for the first half with tight defense.

“They were real physical in the first half and we got a lot of shots, but we kind of shied away from that physicality,” said Hart head coach Zach Koebel.

Hart (11-4) opened up a 16-5 lead late in the first quarter, but St. Bonaventure’s Nicole Doran hit a pair of outside shots to help her team close it to 16-13 with 4:30 to play in the second.

The unfazed Indians responded, speeding up the tempo and playing aggressively at the glass.

“We all came out and we made a defensive stop and that kind of took them out of it,” said Hart guard Mariah Glasshoff, who made a 3 at the first-half buzzer to put Hart ahead 27-17.

She finished with 14 points, and was one of four Indians in double figures.

Forwards Christina Falcone scored 13 points and Charlotte Reininger added 12, while Madyson Stately also contributed 11 points in the game.

“I think because we share the ball really well, there are a lot of girls that can score a lot of points,” Glasshoff said.

Both teams came out stagnant in the second half, but Hart began to pull away midway through the third quarter, ending any hopes of a comeback for the Seraphs (6-7).

“We’ve got a young team,” said St. Bonaventure head coach Vanessa Lowe. “Considering their age, they played very well. This was a great test against a good team.”

The Indians continued to lay it on in the fourth quarter, limiting the Seraphs to two shot attempts and two points in the frame.

Hart, on the other hand, shot a red-hot 11-of-15 in the fourth, improving to 41 percent for the game.

“As long as we defend and we can keep them from getting going, we know we can go on a run,” Koebel said.

Guards Melissa Boscarino and Victoria Lionetti also chipped in nine points apiece.

“It’s pretty tough to stop five girls,” Koebel said of the scoring distribution.


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