In what amounted to a Heavyweight Title fight last night, Gilmour Academy and the St Vincent St Mary girls basketball teams swung virtual blow for blows on the court last evening as each team went on run after run in trying to outduel one another to get a win against a quality opponent. There were several lead changes throughout the game and the score was tied at least twice if that’s any indication of how close this game was, but it was a special night for Gilmour Academy’s Annika Corcoran & Maddie Puletti. They caught fire from the three-point arc, and every time St V threatened it was these two who responded. Annika had an especially spectacular performance. She finished with 23 pts pouring in 6 threes.
“That was a really big win for us, we definitely prepared a lot for them and wanted to get this win…Our game plan worked really well against them, they scored and did what they needed to do, but down the stretch, I think we did a good job….”
Gilmour Head Coach Julie Solice echoed Annika’s Sentiments about the game
“I thought it was a good team win, I thought Annika did a really good job Facilitating the offense…I thought our defense was a great team effort, obviously because St V is a great team…”
What Corcoran is speaking of when she says they scored, is the Fighting Irish big play down low. The Irish led by Senior Sophia Wiliams (13 pts), and Freshman Lanae Riley (14 Pts) were unstoppable all night down low. As Head Coach Carley Whitney showed the team the shot chart from the 1st half, the Irish were unstoppable down low. They however missed a few easy ones from the field early on that would have stretched the lead perhaps beyond Gilmour’s control. But the Lancer’s stuck around and even pushed the lead to 7 with 3:30 left to go in the 4th quarter. But St V once again off of a Jada Haines steal & layup, and then a layup by Lanae Riley cut the lead to one. Free throws by St V puts them ahead by 1, and that’s when Annika Stepped up by finding Puletti in the corner for what would be the game-winning three, as St V would miss at the buzzer on the next possession.
St V Head Coach Carley Whitney let her team know that every night is going to be tough when your playing for a team like them.
“When you wear that Irish across your chest…People play you different…that’s why you have to be extra ready, extra prepared, extra focused every single game…”
Corcoran is taking the experience from this game to try and galvanize them and propel them forward
“I’m just trying to keep everybody positive, keep everybody together, and keep us as one…”
The way these two teams played tonight, I’d think it’s safe to say they’ll be seeing one another again sometime in March. Stay Tuned