Walsh girls smash North Coast League foes, lose close to St. Joseph

by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent Published:

The Walsh Jesuit High School girls basketball team won two of three games recently to improve their overall record on the season to 8-3.

The Lady Warriors' two victories were by large margins, while their lone loss was by just three points.

Walsh Jesuit pummeled North Coast League foe Beaumont by the score of 84-19 on the road Dec. 22.

Walsh Jesuit started like a ball of fire, jumping to a 29-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. It got even worse for Beaumont (1-9) in the second period, as the Lady Warriors went on a 33-0 run.

For all intents and purposes, the game was over at that point.

Five players scored in double digits for Walsh Jesuit. They were Jessa Gilberto with 15 points, Anna Hall with 14 points, Lilli Piper with 11 markers and Rachael Keough and Sophia Simone with 10 points apiece.

However, seven other Lady Warriors scored, as well. Among them were Regina Bandwen (six points), Amanda Adornato (five points), Riley Ries (four points) and Emma Andrews (three points). Abby Cerroni, Olivia Stein and Katie Martonchik contributed two points each.

Walsh's close loss was a 54-51 defeat against St. Joseph Academy at home Dec. 27. The Lady Warriors actually held a 38-33 lead entering the fourth quarter, but they weren't able to keep it.

St. Joseph Academy outscored them 21-9 during the final frame (exceeding its point total of the previous two quarters combined) to post the come-from-behind win.

This time, two Walsh Jesuit players reached double figures--Gilberto with 15 points and Simone with 12 markers. Piper was close to double digits with nine points, while Keough produced six points.

Also cracking the scoring column for the Lady Warriors were Hall (four points), Bandwen (three points) and Ries (two points).

Katie Battaglia paced the victors by scoring 17 points. With the victory, St. Joseph remained undefeated on the season at 12-0.

Walsh Jesuit got back on track against NCL rival Lake Catholic Jan. 5, posting a 64-48 win at home.

However, the game was closer than the final score would seem to indicate. The Lady Warriors trailed by one point after the first quarter (15-14) and were only on top by three points at the start of the fourth period (43-40).

A 21-8 run in the final frame put the contest away for Walsh Jesuit and assured the victory.

Gilberto enjoyed a big game for the Lady Warriors, pouring in 21 points, while Piper produced 17 points and Hall had 14 markers.

Also scoring for Walsh Jesuit were Bandwen with five points, Simone with four points and Keough with two.

In addition to improving their overall record to 8-3, the Lady Warriors also stayed perfect in the NCL, bolstering their league ledger to 4-0.

On Jan. 12, Walsh Jesuit was set to host archrival Archbishop Hoban, but results weren't not available at press time.

On Jan. 16, the Lady Warriors are scheduled to battle non-conference opponent Youngstown Ursuline at home.

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