Girls basketball: Newman 50, St. Bede 32
STERLING – Trouble was brewin’ early for the St. Bede girls basketball team in its game at Newman Monday night.
The Comets built up a big early lead and were never in much danger on their way to a 50-32 win against the Bruins in a Three Rivers East matchup.
Newman (13-8, 3-3) raced out to a 13-2 lead in the first seven minutes of the game. Jenna Johnson opened the onslaught with a pair of early buckets inside. Chloe Klein, Madison Craft, Johnson and Alejandra Padilla followed with baskets, with Craft’s being a 3, to stake the Comets to a big early advantage.
“We talked about when we get a lead, every possession’s important, and we did that tonight,” Newman coach Joe Salvatori said. “We did a good job of controlling the ball, making our passes and running our offense.”
The first quarter ended when Padilla hustled for a loose ball that bounded toward the St. Bede basket. She out-fought a Bruin for the ball, and passed it to Craft. Craft then quickly dribbled to the Newman end, where she found Savannah Skinner for a layup at the first-quarter buzzer.
That put the Comets up 15-5, and the lead steadily grew from there.
“Sometimes in the past when we’ve had a lead, we kind of panic because we don’t know what to do after that,” Klein said. “Today, we had our composure, we had control, and we didn’t slow down.”
St. Bede (8-10, 3-3) got within 11 points (27-16) when Naomi Ochuba dropped in a basket to begin the third quarter, but the Comets responded with a 3 from Craft, another bucket from Craft, and a jumper from Klein to up the margin back to 18 points in a hurry.
Newman’s biggest lead was 25 points (46-21) after Skinner hit a 3 midway through the fourth quarter.
Maggie Sons led the Bruins with eight points, Macy Bosnich had seven, and Christine Senica added six. Bosnich also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.
Poor first-quarter shooting (2-for-14) and 21 turnovers were big problems for St. Bede.
“We weren’t careful enough with the basketball,” coach Tom McGunnigal said. “We didn’t value the ball. We didn’t value possession of the ball. We had chances to grab rebounds, and we’d slap the ball out of bounds. We had chances on breaks, and we’d pick the ball up and take travel steps. We made bad pass decisions. We weren’t leading people to the basket when cutters were open. We just didn’t take care of the basketball, and lost a lot of offensive opportunities.”
Newman received contributions up and down its lineup. Klein, Craft and reserve guard Josie Rank each had eight points, while Johnson and backup guard Kiley Sanders each had six.