Of course every coach will say that their team must “take it one game at a time.” And that coach-talk is something that players may or may not buy into.
For St. Catharine College basketball, both the men and women have only to look a week ahead to find what is already considered one of the biggest games on the schedule, the Mid-South Conference opener against Georgetown. That will take place in Lourdes Hall Dec. 2 when the women open the action at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.
There is, however, work to be done before the Patriots tangle with the talented Tigers.
J.T. Burton’s men’s team will play an exhibition game Saturday at NCAA Division II Tusculum (Tenn.), and then Tuesday they travel to Illinois to play McKendree College.
The Patriot women will also play their final pre-conference warm-up Tuesday when Lena Bramblett’s squad hosts IU-Southeast at 6 p.m.
The SCC women improved to 3-2 with a 63-50 win over Berea last Tuesday. The Patriots looked to be in total control with a 31-16 halftime lead, but the Mountaineers (1-5) battled back to cut the lead to six with nine minutes to play.
“We are right now struggling against zones, and we will keep seeing them until we prove we can shoot teams out of them,” said Bramblett. “And when you have 27 turnovers like we had, you are lucky to beat anybody.”
Berea was just as loose with the ball with 34 miscues and was outrebounded by the Patriots, 37-28.
“We have several people playing well right now, and they are different people each night, which is a good thing,” said Bramblett. “We just need to be more consistent throughout each game.”
Danielle Brown led the Patriots with 19 points and seven rebounds. Machera Calhoun added 11 points.
It was an uphill fight all day for the St. Catharine College women Friday as they visited Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. And Lena Bramblett’s team found the climb too rigorous as they fell 88-57 to the Cavaliers.
Trailing from the start, the Patriots (3-3) were able to stay close as they faced just a 21-15 deficit with 10 minutes to play in the first half. But Walsh (4-1) outscored St. Catharine 31-11 to take a 52-26 lead at halftime. The Cavaliers built that lead by shooting 61 percent from the field in the first half.
The Walsh lead grew to 28 points early in the second half but then Leah Flora hit two three-pointers to trim the margin to 63-50 with 7:21 remaining. The Patriots got no closer as they made only two more field goals the rest of the game.
The Cavaliers cooled off from the field in the second half and ended the game shooting 49 percent (32-65). The Patriots were 20-52 from the field for 38.5 percent. Walsh held a 40-36 rebounding edge but recorded a big number in the steals category with 17 as the Patriots committed 33 turnovers.
Flora, a freshman guard from Harrodsburg was the only Patriot in double figures as she hit four of five from behind the arc for 12 points.