The battle for a Mid-South Conference Championship heats up as the St. Catharine Patriots prepare for conference tournaments and kick off the basketball season.
With the leaves turning colors in Central Kentucky, the smell of the playoffs is in the air; the St. Catharine Lady Patriots will begin their hunt for a conference title at the Barber Soccer Complex on Saturday November 9th when the Rio Grande Red Storm come to town. After an exciting season of women’s soccer, Paul Patton and his Lady Patriots completed their season with an astounding 12-6 record, along with a 5-4 conference mark that landed them in fourth place. “We would’ve liked to be third, just from a victory standpoint, but fourth is great, and gives us a great road to the title game” says Patton. The Patriots completed their season with a loss to West Liberty State University, but left the contest undeterred as Macy Higdon (Elizabethtown, Ky.) netted her 12th goal of the season, giving her an average of just under one goal per game.
With Saturday’s conference tournament opener looming, Paul Patton feels that his Lady Patriots are excited and ready to defend their home turf. “We are looking forward to this” says Patton. “I really like our team, and if they play like they have all season, I like our chances.” Patton’s Patriots will tangle with the Rio Grande Red Storm on Saturday at 2:30 PM in the friendly confines of the Barber Soccer Complex. The Red Storm will come into the game with a .500 overall mark at 8-8, and one game under .500 at 4-5 in the Mid-South. Earlier in the season, the Patriots were able to score a victory against the Red Storm on the road in Rio Grande, Ohio when Macy Higdon and Paige Long (Ekron, Ky.) found the back of the net for St. Catharine. “Our last two games were disappointing, but that gives us a lot of motivation to come out ready to beat Rio” says freshman defenseman Mariah House (London, Ky.).
With the volleyball conference tournament fast approaching, the Volleyball Patriots (17-12, 9-7 MSC), found themselves in a tight battle with Campbellsville for conference seeding. Ready to avenge an early season loss in Lourdes Hall to the Campbellsville Tigers, the Patriots took an exciting 2-2 match to a fifth set. Leading 9-7 late in the fifth, the Patriots looked to be in control. However, after an overwhelming run by the Tigers, the Patriots fell 15-12, dropping the match 3-2. With no time to rest, the Patriots jumped right back on the road when they traveled to Midway College to battle the Eagles. Earlier in the year the Patriots were able to defeat the Eagles handily 3-0, and found similar results on Friday as the once again cruised to a 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-11, 25-13). The Patriots were led by Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.) and her 19 kills over the two matches. However, the Campbellsville spotlight belonged to Cat Hall (Louisville, Ky.) as she racked up 19 kills to help push the match to five sets.
With fall sports coming to an end, it was time to tip off in Lourdes Hall as both the men’s and women’s basketball team had their home openers on Halloween. The men’s team led things off as they hosted the Dragons of Virginia University-Lynchburg in front of a gym filled with Washington County Elementary students. The Patriots kept the future Commanders entertained as Omar Skinner (New Castle, Del.) led the Patriots to an 86-71 victory with his 16 point performance. With the men’s contest in the books, the Patriot women kicked off their season with an exhibition contest against Kentucky State University. With the Patriots trailing for most of the contest until Stacie Shrout (Florence, Ky.) netted a three pointer as the buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime. The overtime belonged to the Patriots as they were able to pull away and snag the victory over the Thorobreds.
With only a day’s rest the Patriots took to the road as the men traveled to Morehead State University for another exhibition, while the women traveled to Middletown, Ohio to battle Miami University-Middletown. For the men the second half was stellar as the Patriots were able to outscore the Eagles 52-50. However, even with the second half success and Omar Skinner’s 19 point effort, the Patriots were unable to overcome the first half deficit as they fell to the Eagles 107-85. For the women, it was a successful day as they were able to come away with an impressive 106-68 victory over the Thunderhawks. Led by junior point guard Heather Sandlin (Florence, Ky.) and her 13 assist night with zero turnovers, the Patriots were able to tip their season off on a winning note.
The action of college sports will continue at St. Catharine this week as the men’s basketball team travels to Cardinal Stritch in Fort Wayne, Ind. for the Stritch Invitational on November 9th. The Lady Patriots Basketball team will hit the court Friday and Saturday, November 8th and 9th, as they travel to Georgetown College to battle the College of the Ozarks and Taylor University. Volleyball will continue its preparation for the conference tournament as they head to University of Pikeville and Bluefield College for their last conference contests of the season. After their long road trip, volleyball will then return home on Tuesday, November 12th, for senior night, when they host Kentucky State University. The highlight of the week, however, will be the opening round of the Mid-South Conference tournament as the Lady Patriots battle the Rio Grande Red Storm at the Barber Soccer Complex Saturday, November 9th at 2:30 PM.