The regular season ended for the St. Catharine College women with two road losses last week. On Thursday the Patriots fell 83-60 to the University of the Cumberlands and on Saturday they dropped a 77-73 decision in overtime at Lindsey Wilson.
But for Lena Bramblett’s team the season could be far from over. The Patriots will open play in the Mid-South Conference tournament Thursday at 4:00 against Campbellsville. The tournament will be played at the Frankfort Convention Center. With a strong showing in the conference tournament the Patriots, 21-9 overall, hope they can land a berth in the national tournament. That tournament will also be in Frankfort, the first time that venue has hosted it.
St. Catharine split two regular season games with Campbellsville. The Patriots lost 85-81 on the Tigers’ home floor but won a 75-61 decision in Lourdes Hall two weeks ago. Campbellsville will bring an overall record of 19-11 into the tournament and a conference mark of 9-7.
If the Patriots get by the opening game, they will play a semifinal game Saturday at 2:00. That game will more than likely be against top seeded Cumberlands. The winner of a play-in game between Pikeville and UVA-Wise will play Cumberlands in Thursday’s first game at 2:00.
The Patriots had a good chance to end the regular season on a winning note but let a second half lead slip away in Saturday’s loss at Lindsey Wilson. The Blue Raiders outscored the Patriots 8-4 in overtime to seal the win.
Reilly Poirier led St. Catharine with 14 points and also had a team high eight rebounds. Janae Howard and Kasei Evans each had 11 points.
Ashley Rainey had 29 points and 13 rebounds for Lindsey Wilson.
On Thursday, Cumberlands scored 48 points in the second half in the 83-60 win. The Patriots kept it close for the first half as they trailed just 35-29 at the break. But Cumberlands shot 64 percent (16-25) in the second half to pull away.
Stacie Shrout, with five 3-point goals in 10 attempts, led St. Catharine with 15 points. Evans added 11.
Now with their sights set on Campbellsville, Bramblett sees clearly the keys to the game. “We have to defend and we have to get good production from our post players. At this point of the season everyone’s record is 0-0. We can’t really worry too much about what they are going to do. We all know what each other can do by now. We just have to show up and do what we do well.”
The final of the conference tournament will be Sunday at 1:30. No advance tickets will be sold. Adult tickets are $10. College student tickets, with a student ID, are $5. Each ticket is good for admission for all games for the day on which they are purchased.