The St. James girls basketball team faced off against Borgia in the second round of the Sullivan Tournament on Wednesday. Dec. 12. The Lady Tigers struggled to get shots to fall for the first three quarters and couldn't quite complete a fourth quarter comeback in a 53-41 loss.
The Lady Tigers got out to a slow start on Wednesday and couldn't get into any sort of rhythm. The game opened with some St. James turnovers, but the Lady Tiger defense kept things close early. The first minute and a half of the game saw each team score just two points, but Borgia followed that with a 7-0 run to take an early lead. St. James then got a three-point play from Riley Whitener to snap the Borgia run with 3:30 left int he quarter, but the Lady Tigers failed to score for the remainder of the quarter. Boriga finished the quarter on a 5-0 run to put St. James behind 15-5.
St. James continued their offensive struggles in the second quarter. The Lady Tigers made just one for their 14 attempted shots in the quarter on a three from Savannah Riccetti. They also got a free throw from Mikaela Donnelly, scoring just four points in the quarter. Borgia scored 11 points in the quarter, as they went into the half with a 26-9 lead.
The Lady Tigers still couldn't get shots to fall in the third quarter, as St. James was 2-15 from the field in the quarter, while adding four free throws. Borgia added 12 points in the quarter, extending their lead to 38-17 with a quarter left to play.
St. James finally got some shots to fall in the fourth, but the comeback started a little too late. The Lady Tigers exploded for 24 points in the final frame, which included nine points from Hannah Marcee and seven points from Whitener. St. James started to whittle the lead away, but Borgia hit their free throws down the stretch to finish off a 53-41 win.
While St. James didn't finish off the comeback, head coach Terry Wells was proud of the fight his girls showed in the fourth quarter.
"I'm proud of the kids," said coach Wells. "The kids played hard. Every single kid I put in the game played hard, but if you shoot 12 percent, you're not going to win. It's hard to maintain the energy and the positivity to fight when the shots won't go down, but I'm proud of my girls. We just need to start playing offense with confidence."
Whitener led St. James with 14 points in the loss, adding two rebounds and a steal in the process. Riccetti contributed with 10 points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists. Marcee had nine points, three rebounds and a steal. Bailey Wells led the team in rebounding with seven board to go with three points and two steals. Ashlyn Rinehart added two points, five rebounds, two assists and a block, while Donnelly had two points, four steals and a rebound.
The tournament doesn't get any easier for St. James as they head into the third place game. The Lady Tigers will face off against Sullivan for third place on Friday, Dec. 14.
District hosts were also announced this week and St. James will have the honor of hosting their District this season.