Ursuline stuns Cardinal Mooney
on Beacham’s late layup
By Brandon judeh
When most think of the Cardinal Mooney-Ursuline rivalry, the rich and brutal football history between the schools comes to mind.
But on Wednesday night, the Irish and Cardinals girls basketball teams proved why this rivalry runs deeper than just football as Ursuline beat Mooney, 45-44, on a last-second shot in a defensive slugfest.
With six seconds remaining and Mooney clinging to a 44-43 lead, Ursuline coach Courtney Davidson called a time out to draw up her master plan.
“Coach told us that we needed to drive and dish, whoever was open get them the ball so they could either put up the last shot, or draw a foul,” said senior Sydney Beasley.
Beasley drove the length of the court and as three Mooney defenders converged on her near the hoop, she dropped a perfect pass into the waiting hands of Tanaya Beacham, who put in an easy layup to secure the dramatic victory.
“We only had six seconds left, so we knew there was time for only one shot and I don’t even know what was going through my head,” Beacham said. “I just knew I needed to be a team player and do what was best for our team.”
As the Irish (3-5) celebrated, Mooney coach Bill Ritter stormed off the court and refused to comment.
“This was a typical Mooney-Ursuline rivalry game,” Beasley said. “Every year it’s the same, no matter the record, players or the amount of talent you always have to come out and give it your all.”
Both teams battled it out in the first half, diving and hustling for the ball. It was apparent from the opening tip that this game was going down to the wire.
The teams fought to a 23-all tie entering the locker room, but the Irish came out fighting.
Beasley led the charge, scoring nine of her 19 points in the quarter and helping Ursuline take a 33-28 lead.
After being down by as much as seven points in the final period, Mooney junior point guard Jamie DiDomenico stepped up her game and singlehandedly got the Cardinals (2-4) back into the game.
DiDomenico nailed a long 3-pointer to tie the game and Mooney had the lead with seconds to play, but Ursuline beat the buzzer and the Cardinals.
“Our team is truly a team, we go out there and work together and play hard,” Beacham said. “What can you say about this game? It was definitely a typical Mooney-Ursuline game.”
Beacham finished with 15 points and eight boards and Beasley added 10 rebounds and four assists.
DiDomenico led Mooney with 14 points and three assists, while Jaclyn Yankle had 10 points and four rebounds.