The St. Catharine Lady Patriots (2-4, 1-1 MSC) got back on track Saturday afternoon, knocking off the Bluefield Rams (3-3, 0-2 MSC) 78-74.
After the Patriot offense sputtered against the Pikeville Bears in the conference opener, the Lady Patriots were hungry to get back on the winning track when the Bluefield Rams came to town. After a sloppy first half in which both teams shot less than 25% from the field, the Patriot offense caught fire nailing 48 second half points. Heather Sandlin (Florence, Ky.) pushed the Patriot lead to 10 after forcing a turnover that led to an easy lay-up for two of her team high, 18 points. Following a 9-2 run that brought the Rams within three, the Patriots and Rams traded blows back and forth until Stacie Shrout (Florence, Ky.) shook a defender to find pay dirt and increase the Patriot lead to seven with just seven minutes remaining.
With four to go on the clock the Patriots increased their lead to 10 once more, which proved to be crucial in the final minutes of the contest. As the clock ticked away the Patriot offense went cold, allowing the Rams to go on an 17-11 run that brought them within four. However, Brooke Gee (Ashland, Ky.) answered the call with three blocks and, a game high, 18 rebounds that propelled the Patriots to a 78-74 victory. “This is a good win for these kids” said Head Coach Lena Bramblett. “It feels good to get the monkey off our back and get that first conference win.”
The Patriots will take a much deserved rest for the Thanksgiving holiday and return to the floor when they make the trip to Milligan on December 2nd.