Spa Catholic Girls Get Hard-Earned Win
SARATOGA SPRINGS – It wasn’t easy, but they got it done.
Overcoming a halftime deficit, the Saratoga Central Catholic girl’s basketball squad exhibited gritty determination on defense and earned a tough 38-29 victory over a pesky Northville squad that had come into the game on Tuesday, January 19 with only one conference victory. With the win, the Saints are now 7-4 in the Western Athletic Conference, good for third place in the WAC Northern Division, and 10-6 overall. Northville drops to 1-9 and 3-10 overall.
In the first half, the Northville Falcons played nothing like a one-win team, giving Spa Catholic all it could handle. They held the Saints to just three points in the first quarter, en route to a 17-10 halftime lead.
But in the second half, it was a different story. The Saints found their scoring touch, led by junior Kristen Mahar, who led all scorers with 12 points. The Saints scored 28 of their 38 points in the second half. In the fourth quarter, timely free throws by senior Chloe Ethier and three-point baskets by junior EmmaVanDeCar (each with 9 points), coupled with a stifling defense that limited Northville to just 4 points in the last quarter, and the Saints won running away at the end.
The Saints will need to summon that kind of fourth-quarter effort throughout the whole game in their next contest, at home on Friday, January 22, when they host Northern Division leader Mayfield (10-1; 11-3). This will also be Senior Night, and both senior co-captains Ethier and Mariah Murray will be honored at a ceremony preceding that game, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
The Junior Varsity Saints were also winners of their game against Northville, 50-41