By Dan Pompili
Cardinal Mooney’s girls basketball team used a 31-12 run over the second and third quarters to defeat Boardman, 47-30, on Saturday.
Jamie DiDomenico and Brie Ozenghar each scored 12 points for the Cardinals.
After falling behind 11-6 in the first quarter, Cardinal Mooney bounced back quickly and kept the Spartans from hitting double digits in any of the remaining three quarters, including a two-point second period showing.
Boardman had stretches of smart play and its defense remained tough, but the Spartans could not overcome their own inconsistency against Cardinal Mooney’s steady and patient attack.
“Their pressure definitely bothered us, give Boardman credit they play hard every time they come out to play, they’re very well coached,” Cardinal Mooney coach Bill Ritter said. “We struggled a little bit in the first quarter, then we made some adjustments were able to start handling The pressure a little bit and we started getting some shots to fall and then things started to get interesting,”
A slight run by the Spartans made for an exciting fourth quarter, in which a comeback seemed possible. Boardman’s Jenna Kuczek drained two 3-pointers while Emily Gibbs added two from under the hoop, for an eight-point Boardman run to bring the game back within six points. Kuczek led Boardman with 13 points.
But the Cardinals responded at just the right time, dropping 10 unanswered points to end the game and seal the win by a comfortable margin. Mooney finished with three scorers in double figures. Macy Marlowe backed DiDomenico and Ozenghar with 10 points.
“The shots weren’t falling and when you’re not making shots it becomes a little more difficult,” Boardman coach Jeff Hammerton said. “They sat in the zone and the only way to beat a zone is to hit some shots and get rebounds and we weren’t getting either one of those.
“[On defense] we gambled all game, we were gambling, and maybe in hind sight we should have run a little more half-court stuff, but we wanted to see what we were getting out of our press.”