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The St. Catharine College basketball teams traveled to Campbellsville Saturday for a Mid-South Conference doubleheader against the Tigers. One game was close and the other wasn’t as the Patriots came home with two losses.
Lena Bramblett’s women’s team could never get untracked in the opener as the Tigers overcame a 5-2 St. Catharine lead to build a 38-21 halftime lead en route to a 87-54 win.
“We didn’t do the things defensively that we needed to do, and they (Campbellsville) played very well,” said Bramblett. “We got off to a decent start, but then went eight minutes without scoring.”
Campbellsville shot 52 percent from the field and made 13 of 16 free throws. The Patriots were 30 percent from the field and made seven of 10 free throws. The Tigers, 24-4 overall and 9-1 in the conference, outrebounded the Patriots 49-35 and forced St. Catharine into 20 turnovers.
Erin Rogers led three Patriots in double figures with 15 points. Courtney Milam added 12 and Danielle Brown had 10. The Patriots fell to 11-15 overall and 2-8 in the Mid-South Conference.
The second game of the day was much closer, but also much more frustrating for men’s coach J.T. Burton, whose team was edged 70-67.
Brandon Johnson’s trey with seven second to play cut the Campbellsville lead to one point and, following two Tigers’ free throws, another three-point try by Johnson, this one heavily contested, was off the mark as the final horn sounded.
Burton’s frustration mainly was a result of viewing the final statistics, which showed quite a disparity in free-throw shooting. They were 23-38 from the line and we were three for eight,” said Burton whose team now owns a 5-22 overall mark and a 1-9 conference slate. “But I am really happy with the effort our guys gave,” added Burton. “We had to overcome a lot to still have a chance to tie the game at the end.”
Three St. Catharine players fouled out of the game as the Patriots were whistled for 32 fouls. Arthur Latham, who played very sparingly due to foul trouble and left the game for good with five minutes left, had a game- high 18 points. Kevin Owens added 14 points and Johnson and Justin Thornsberry had 13 each.
Campbellsville (9-17, 1-9) was led by Zach Allender and Justin Vitatoe with 15 points apiece.
The season will conclude this week with two road doubleheaders. Thursday St. Catharine visits Georgetown with the women’s game starting at 6 p.m. Saturday the season ends at Lindsey Wilson with the women starting play at 2 p.m.