South Range overcomes slow start against Ursuline
Raiders overcome slow first quarter vs. Irish
By Greg Gulas
Playing for the first time in 12 days, South Range girl’s head coach Tony Matisi expected his Raiders to need a quarter or so in order to shake off the effects of an extended lay-off.
When the Ursuline Fighting Irish scored 18 first quarter points, the Raiders had their wake-up call.
Maddie Durkin scored 17 points, Bri Modic nailed five triples and Izzy Lamparty added 12 points to lead South Range to a 54-49 victory over the Fighting Irish Thursday at the Raiders’ Gymnasium.
“At halftime, coach Matisi told us to calm down and just limit our mistakes and turnovers,” Durkin said. “They’re an excellent team and they play hard at both ends of the court. We’re a second half team and we played our best in the second half tonight. When they shy off, you have to take the shot and when they come up on you, you have to drive and dish.”
It was Lindsay Bell and Dayshanette Harris, who was playing with the flu, doing the damage for Ursuline (6-5) in the opening frame as the two combined to score 12 points — Bell had seven — as the Fighting Irish opened an 18-12 advantage after the first period of play.
Destiny Goodnight joined Bell and Harris with buckets from beyond the arc.
A Bree Kohler bucket at 5:06 of the second period helped the Raiders (11-1) regain the lead, 19-18, but four points each from Harris and Goodnight ignited an 8-0 run as Ursuline opened their largest lead of the game, 26-19 at the mid-way point of the period.
Buckets by Durkin and Izzy Lamparty then helped South Range close to within 26-23 at the intermission.
“When you have a 12-day break you sometimes have dull practices, but that was not the case with us. We actually had some great practices,” Matisi said. “We scouted them and saw them on film, but you need to see a team in real time in order to gauge their speed. We settled in after the first quarter.”
Two triples each from Modic and Durkin after the half, coupled with a stingy Raiders defense helped South Range regain the lead, 39-34 with eight minutes remaining.
“Anytime Bri gets the ball, she has my permission to shoot,” Matisi said. “Maddie on the other hand has played like a real senior leader. She hasn’t been our leading scorer or rebounder, but she’s been the glue that is holding us all together. We cannot win without her.”
A Sammy Patrone bucket at 6:13 of the final quarter gave the Raiders their largest lead of the game at 46-37, but four points by Anyah Curd and a triple from Goodnight keyed a 9-0 Ursuline run, enabling the Fighting Irish to knot the game at 46-all with 3:04 remaining.
Modic’s fifth triple — four of which came in the second half — of the game helped the Raiders close on an 8-3 run to break the game open as they won for the fourth consecutive time and remained undefeated in five home contests.
“I felt a little rusty in the first half and it took a while to get into the flow of the game,” Modic said. “Once we settled in, made our adjustments and didn’t play nervous, we were fine. It’s nice to have the green light and the confidence of the coaching staff.”