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Walsh girls basketball stumbles into playoffs

By MATT DEUTSCH Correspondent Published: February 12, 2017 12:00 AM

After winning three straight games, the Walsh Jesuit girls basketball team stumbled recently, dropping three of four contests.

Three of the four games were close affairs, and in one of them, the Lady Warriors gave the top team in the Blue Division of the North Coast League a run for its money.

"Developing consistency continues to be an issue for us," said Walsh Jesuit head coach Pete Zaccari.

On Jan. 24, Walsh Jesuit visited non-league opponent Mentor, falling to the Lady Cardinals by the slim margin of 63-59. Two players scored in double digits for the Lady Warriors--freshman Katie Clark with 17 points and sophomore Sloane Sapp with 14 points.

In addition, sophomore Alaina Alessio recorded seven points and sophomore Jane Huscroft tallied five markers. Also cracking the scoring column for Walsh were freshman Angela Vitantonio (four points) and sophomore Katie Bachmann (two points).

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On Jan. 28, Walsh Jesuit played one of its most exciting games of the season. Spotting division foe Lake Catholic nine points in the first quarter, the Lady Warriors came from behind to post a 47-46 win.

Walsh outscored the visiting Lady Cougars 14-7 in the fourth period to claim victory.

This time, Clark (14 points) and Sapp (10 points) were both in double figures. Bachmann and Huscroft produced seven points apiece, while Vitantonio had four points. Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Warriors were Alessio with three points and sophomore Halle Rogers with two markers.

"The team is showing signs of great improvement," said Zaccari. "Freshmen Katie Clark and Angela Vitantonio continue to show a lot of potential."

Walsh Jesuit played another exciting game Feb. 1, against division leader Archbishop Hoban at home. The Lady Warriors battled valiantly before succumbing to defeat by the score of 67-65.

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Walsh enjoyed another balanced scoring attack. This time, three players reached double digits: Clark with 20 points, Bachmann with 13 points, and Huscroft with 11 points.

Junior Hannah Bouchy contributed seven points, Rogers accounted for five points, and Sapp added four markers. Other Lady Warriors who scored were Alessio (three points) and Vitantonio (two points).

Unfortunately, Walsh Jesuit experienced a letdown against division rival Padua Franciscan on the road Feb. 4. That's because the Lady Warriors suffered a 34-point defeat, as Padua posted a 68-34 victory.

Clark led the way for Walsh with 12 points, while Bouchy scored eight points. Two players, Sapp and Vitantonio, both contributed five points. Alessio and Bachmann rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.

Walsh Jesuit now owns an overall record of 7-12. The Lady Warriors are also 5-3 in the Blue Division, good enough for third place. Hoban leads the standings with a division mark of 8-1.

"We played a strong game against Hoban, but followed that with a poor performance against Padua," said Zaccari. "We played well at Lake Catholic, though, and we're hoping to continue to peak as we head into the postseason."

Speaking of the postseason, the Division I district tournament draw was held Feb. 5, at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. As a result of that draw, Walsh Jesuit was seeded sixth and received a first-round bye.

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