Friday, February 22, 2013


St. Catharine College head coach Lena Bramblett did not get to watch in person when her team played Thursday at Mid-South Conference foe Lindsey Wilson College. With her second baby born Tuesday night, the SC mentor had to watch the game via computer – which must have given her post-partum exhilaration after watching her team when easily, 63-50 over the Blue Raiders.

St. Catharine (19-8, 11-7) held on to fifth place in the conference with the win.  The patriots are one-half game behind Campbellsville University who they visit Saturday for a 2:00 contest. The regular season culminates Monday with a game at second place Georgetown.  

Keeping it in the family, Bramblett’s brother, Tyler Campbell took the reins Thursday along with co-assistant coach Sara Sexton. If the duo was anxious about stepping up their roles, their team made things easier on them as they led nearly the entire game.

A trey by Rianne Hofstraat four minutes into the game gave the Patriots a 9-6 lead and they were never headed by the Blue Raiders who fell to 16-12 overall and 7-11 in the MSC. That lead grew to nine points at halftime and to as many as 23 points with 10 minutes to play in the game.

“That is a big win for us on the road,” said Campbell. “It is the first time we have won at their place since joining the conference (five years ago). 

Jane Howard paced the Patriots with 21 points and nine rebounds. Reilly Poirier was the only other Patriot in double figures with 10 points.

Ashley Rainey led Lindsey Wilson with 25 points and 21 rebound as the Blue Raiders held a 45-41 rebounding advantage. But only one other player sdcored as many as eight point for Lindsey Wilson.

“Was our plan to let Rainey have hers and hold everyone else,” said Campbell, repeating a question asked him. “Well, we didn’t really want to give her 21 rebounds especially nine offensive ones that led to many putbacks.

St. Catharine shot 38 percent from the field including 7-20 from 3-point range. They were 6-10 on free throw attempts.

Lindsey Wilson hit 30.5 percent from the field but was just 4-21 (19 percent) from behind the arc. They were 10-16 at the foul line.