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SCC Lady Patriots
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 to their winning ways when Bluefield came to town.
After a sloppy first half in which both teams shot less than 25 percent from the field, the Patriot offense caught fire, nailing 48 second-half points.
Heather Sandlin (Florence) 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) 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 a 17-11 run the brought them within four.
However, Brooke Gee (Ashland) 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,” Head Coach Lena Bramblett said. “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 returned to the floor when they made the trip to Milligan on Monday night after press time.
After an even battle that covered the majority of the contest, the St. Catharine Patriots (4-2, 1-1 MSC) went on a 9-0 run late in the contest to down the Bluefield Rams (1-2, 1-1 MSC) 83-74.
Following a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Pikeville Bears, the Patriots were ready to bounce back quickly.
On Saturday afternoon, the Patriots were able to do just that behind a 47-34 rebounding advantage and 13 forced turnovers.
After losing his jersey in the previous contest, Will Bailey (Valley, Ala.) made the most of his #23 debut by racking up, a team-high 22 points as well as 6-of-6 shooting from the charity stripe.
The Patriots controlled the contest for the majority of the night, only trailing by five when the Rams went on a 5-0 run to open the contest. Even with the 19 turnovers the Patriots committed, they were able to control the contest from start to finish.
With less than a minute to play, the Patriots allowed the Rams to shoot four free throws, all of which were off the mark.
The Patriots sunk 72 percent of their free throws on the afternoon, while the Rams only converted on nine of 17 shots from the line.
The Patriots proved that they can be a balanced squad, as usual scoring leader Omar Skinner (New Castle, Del.) had a season-low seven points.
The Patriot guard found other ways to stay involved, though, finding ways to distribute the ball, racking up four assists and allowing others such as Will Tolefree (Stone Mountain, Ga.) to carry the load (20 points).