Gordon Ladies defeat Maria Mystics 51-34

Gordon Tech Rams (6-11) bounced back with authority after Monday night’s loss to Mt. Assisi by playing stellar defense and draining three point field goals to put away the Maria Mystics Wednesday night.

Junior guard for the Rams, Jenny Carroll poured in 15 points. Senior forward Katelynn Reed added eight points of her own, giving the Mystics all they could handle. Gordon Tech cruised to a 51-34 victory.

Gordon Tech forced the Mystics into many turnovers and capitalized with great shooting as they jumped out early with a 13-5 first quarter lead.

Sophomore center, Melanie Claudio for the Rams caused some trouble in the paint while Maria’s quick guards tried racing to the basket. LaNaisa Lee (13 points) got things going for the Mystics.

Maria teammate Tyna Bowens (10 points) did all she could in the paint to try and slow the game down. But by the end of the third frame Gordon had jumped out to a 39-21 lead.

They didn’t look back.

Game notes: Gordon Tech starter Samantha Martinez sat out the game with a bruised hip. When asked about her injury, Coach Tom Kane said, “she has had some tough falls lately and I wanted to rest her up. She could have played if we really would have needed her.”

St. Ben’s women earn neighborhood bragging rights

In a battle for neighborhood bragging rights, the St. Benedict Bengals girls varsity basketball team (5-3) defeated the Gordon Tech Rams (0-7) at St. Benedict’s Gym on Monday night, 49 – 41.

Gordon Tech's Jenny Carroll had 18 points including three three-point shots.

Gordon Tech's Jenny Carroll had 18 points including three three-point shots. Credit: Jack Lydon

After the Bengals took a first quarter lead, the Rams jumped into a full court press midway through the second quarter and charged back.  On the strength of junior guard Jenny Carroll’s three second quarter three-pointers, the Rams took a 23 to 22 halftime advantage.

“We were in a zone defense in the first half and got a little frazzled early.  We came out of it and went man-to-man,” said St. Benedict head coach Chris Ford.  It worked.

The Bengals’ defense lead the way in the third quarter.  Despite giving up two three-pointers to Rams forward Katelynn Reed, the Bengals dominated the defensive boards and outscored Gordon 15 to 9.  Bengals sophomore guard Alexis “Lexi” Genge matched up on Ram guard Carroll and slowed Carroll just enough for the rest of the Bengals defense to turn the tide.  Genge lead the way for the Bengals with 17 points including layups after defensive steals.  Genge added late free throws to seal the victory late.

Adding to the Rams woes, sophomore center Melanie Claudio fouled out late with four minutes left.  Rams leading scorer Jenny Carroll had 18 points including three first half three point shots.

“They did the little things better than we did tonight.  The extra box out, the extra rebound, the extra hustle made the difference.  We have do that better,” said Gordon Tech head coach Tom Kane.

“It was great to beat a neighborhood rival.  I was especially proud to see the girls play this well without [injured senior center] Amanda [Genge],” Bengals Coach Ford added.  Amanda Genge suffered a knee injury earlier in the year against Hope Academy and may miss the rest of the season.  Adding to the rivalry, the Gordon Tech Rams include two St. Benedict Elementary School graduates, senior guard Samantha Pucci and senior forward Katelynn Reed.