The St. Catharine Patriots didn’t exactly need an eye exam according to coach Lena Bramblett. But following a recent 17 point loss to Cumberlands, Bramblett said her team really lacked focus and must make changes accordingly.
The Patriots responded with a win last Saturday against Lindsey Wilson and then followed that Thursday night in Lourdes Hall with an impressive 72-60 win over #17 Georgetown.
“They answered the call,” said Bramblett after her team improved to 17-5 overall and 4-5 in the Mid-South Conference. “They made the commitment to refocus and you could see that early. This was definitely a must-win game for us.”
St. Catharine raced to a 19-7 lead in the first eight minutes of the game and led by as many as 20 points in the first half before taking a 40-22 lead to the locker room. They pushed the advantage to as many as 27 points three times in the second half before the Tigers (14-7, 6-3) trimmed the lead to the final 12 point margin.
Georgetown, who won the earlier meeting with the Patriots 86-71, were held to just 33 percent shooting that included 2-11 from three point range. The outcome could have been much more lopsided but Georgetown made 18 of 27 free throws while the Patriots were just 1-6 from the charity stripe.
“We executed our defensive game plan just as we wanted,” added Bramblett. “The first game they had six players in double figures and our goal this time was to only allow one player in double figures."
That goal was met as the Tigers were led by Lizza Jonas who had 14 points. The Patriots, who shot 49 percent from the field, placed three players in double figures led by Janae Howard’s 24 points. Kasei Evans had 16 and Courtney Milam 12.
St. Catharine enjoyed a 51-34 advantage in rebounding led by Howard who had 12 boards. Reilly Poirier and Riane Hofstraat had six rebounds apiece. The Patriots also had a season high assist total with 19. Howard dished out five of those and point guard Machera Calhoun had four assists.
The loss dropped Georgetown to third place, three games behind Cumberlands who is 9-0. St. Catharine is currently tied for sixth place with Lindsey Wilson at 4-5.
Saturday at 2:00 the Patriots host another Mid-South Conference opponent as Shawnee State come to Lourdes hall for a 2:00 game.