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Mount hoopsters overcome older, larger foes

Incoming freshman Carly Monzo tries to get off a shot for Mount St. Joe while avoiding an attempted block by a defender.

Mount St. Joseph Academy’s freshmen and sophomores faced physically larger and stronger opponents in last Thursday’s summer league contest, but with a larger number of players at their disposal, the Magic were able to prevail, 41-32, over the Carver High School of Engineering and Science.

Missing several of their regular starters, the Lady Engineers fell behind 18-10 in the opening period. They cut the lead to five points late in the game, but the Mount sealed its victory with solid free throw shooting.

In addition to 10 points apiece from sophomore Meg McCabe and freshman Regan Gallagher, the winners received eight points from freshman Alex Louin and five from sophomore Adrienne Cellucci. Three apiece from sophomore Anne Burgoyne and freshman Carly Monzo and two points from sophomore Kiki Saraceni rounded out the scoring for the Magic.

The teams progressed evenly through the first 10 minutes of the game, and a 10-9 edge for E & S proved to be the last lead of the evening for the Lady Engineers. Burgoyne bagged a three-pointer from the left corner to move the Mount ahead for good, and Louin added a trey from the wing. Monzo fed the ball to McCabe for a fast break bucket, then Louin looped the first of two free throws to give Mount St. Joe an 18-10 margin at the intermission.

Cellucci started off the scoring in the second half with an extra-long “three” from well beyond the top of the key. McCabe, Saraceni and Gallagher scored from the paint and McCabe tossed in a free throw. With just over 11 minutes remaining, the Mount had doubled-up E & S at 28-14.

Using their size advantage, the Lady Engineers began to press towards the hoop more aggressively, running off eight straight points before MSJ’s Gallagher snapped the string with a baseline basket.

Later, E & S was down 36-29 with just over a minute remaining, and the Lady Engineers began fouling to get possession of the ball. At first the ploy worked as the Magic netted only one point out of a possible four from the foul line, while E & S added a baseline jumper and a free throw to make it a five-point game, 37-32.

There were now less than 20 seconds remaining, though, and in the waning moments the Magic’s Cellucci and McCabe each went two-for-two at the charity stripe to put the game away.



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