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Slow starts doom Lady Rebels in loss to St. Marys

January 30, 2019

GLENHAYES - Playing three basketball games in the span of five days is no small task. Winning them is even more difficult. It’s not the first time the Tolsia Lady Rebels have experienced a week of work like they did this past week but it didn’t make it any easier as the Rebels looked gassed near the end of a 47-37 loss to St. Marys High School on Saturday evening.

“This one was tough but it’s been a good week though. We played some tough teams and we just couldn’t get it finished today,” head coach Ric Morrone said after the loss.“When you let a team like St. Marys hang around they’ll take advantage of you and slow the game down in the fourth quarter.”

After two mid-week wins against Grace Christian and Van, the Lady Rebels were caught off guard by the Blue Devils’ opening blow inside Rebel Arena on Saturday afternoon, as the visitors jumped out to an 11-0 lead before Tolsia made it’s first basket more than halfway through the opening quarter. St Marys’ Addie Furr scored eight points in the run and led all scorers with 25 in the win. The Rebels spent the rest of the first half crawling back into the game and trailed by just two at the start of the third quarter, 24-22.

The start to the second half was equally as rough for the Rebels, who fell victim to another Blue Devil scoring run, this one 12-2, to begin the third quarter. Combined with the first half start, Tolsia was outscored by twenty-three in the first three minutes of both halves.

“It’s been a problem all year, the slow starting. When you do it against good teams they make you pay and it’s hard to come back,” Morrone added. “We got some good looks, I thought, but when you can’t get anything to fall and get behind it can snowball on you.”

Tolsia began the week with a 60-56 win in Huntington over the Grace Christian Soldiers. Sarah Jude registered a 25 point, 10 rebound double double Julie Boone scored ten and pulled down eleven rebounds. Freshman Katelyn Kelly stuffed the stat sheet with four points and assists, seven rebounds, a steal and three blocks in the win.

The Rebels continued the road stretch with a 57-31 sectional victory against Van, completing the regular season sweep of the Bulldogs after besting them late last December. Freshman Lynndsey Cassell scored eighteen first-half points, finishing with 22 total in just three quarters, leading the Lady Rebels to their eleventh win of the year.

The Tolsia girls basketball team played a scheduled road game against Lawrence County on Tuesday Jan. 29, and will remain on the road as it faces Sherman 7 p.m. Thursday and Ravenswood on Feb. 5.

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