PERU — St. Bede and Spring Valley Hall’s ladies met Saturday night in a non-conference matchup. The Lady Bruins worked their game plan early and often, feeding senior center Mo Dean the ball down in the paint and letting her lay it in the hoop. In the end, St. Bede won 66-24 and Dean had garnered a game leading 20 points.
Asked about his plan to use the post, Lady Bruins coach Tom McGunnigal said, “We felt we had an advantage in there. I thought they’d come in with a little bit of a 2-3 zone, and I told the girls you can’t just stand out on the perimeter and bomb all night figuring you were going to do something good. We stayed with our offense. Moved (and) dribble penetrated with the ball. We especially stuck with our defense and tried to get some points off of that. We had nice bounce and good distribution.”
St. Bede’s second highest scorer was Whitley Funfsinn with 16 points. The Lady Bruins’ Raley Mauck, Haley Dzierzynski and Lydia Stariha assisted the effort with 10 points each.
“In the first quarter we tried to play man to man and Mo Dean got the ball inside and scored. We played some zone in the second quarter and hung around a little bit. They made three or four threes right before the half. So, it’s kind of a pick your poison, it’s either double down on her or hope they miss the threes,” Hall coach Mike Struna said. “And so that was the story of the first half. The second half was more of the same I guess. I though we handled the press well in the first half, we broke it well. We just didn’t score. That’s kind of been our story all year, offensively. We struggle to score. Kind of the same story another night.”
The first half was tough for the Lady Red Devils as they only managed to put up 10 points. Meanwhile, St. Bede kept moving the ball around and making baskets. There was not much change in the following quarters.
The Bruins let off on the fullcourt press in the second half. Dean’s production slowed down and the Lady Red Devils managed to score a bit better in the last two quarters. But it was not enough to put the game in contention at any point.