Defensive pressure, double-digits by Bodrick and Brunetti pace the Cardinals.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Amber Bodrick scored 17 points and Gina Brunetti scored 13, leading Cardinal Mooney High's girls basketball team to a 51-34 victory over visiting Lowellville in a non-conference game on Saturday.
The Cardinals, who improved to 10-6, forced nine turnovers in a second quarter that saw them open a double-digit lead that was maintained through the remainder of the game.
"We took them out of their sets and made them take bad shots," said Mooney coach Jack Bermann. "They had been averaging 58 points per game and we held them to 34."
Lowellville finished a difficult eight-day stretch in which they played four games -- and lost three of them.
Turnovers doom Lowellville
"We were beaten by a better team," said Lowellville coach Tony Matisi. "Hopefully, it will make us better for tournament play."
Lowellville (15-3) was led by Amanda Nero, who scored 13 points. Allison Grapevine had eight rebounds, but the Rockets suffered 21 turnovers, to only eight for Mooney.
Coleen Zajac had 10 points for the Cardinals. She also had seven rebounds and four assists. Kacie Kubik also had four assists.
"We showed good patience moving the ball well against Lowellville's zone," said Bermann.
Mooney's decisive first half run -- it actually started in the final minute of the first quarter -- ended with the Cardinals ahead 20-11. Brunetti scored 11 points in the first period, and a basket by Dana Palazzo and five points from Bodrick continued their surge.
A 3-pointer by Nero stopped Mooney's run, but the Cards were able to regroup for a 27-17 lead at the half.
The margin remained around 10 points until the Cardinals finished the third quarter with a 6-0 run on baskets by Palazzo, Bodrick and Zajac that made it 41-24.
"We worked the ball around real well from the beginning and I was able to get open," said Brunetti.