In the end, Bishop Ireton simply had no answer for a potential all Met performer in Lindsey Spann in a 57-40 Falcon win in Fr. Godley Gym Friday. For awhile however, none of the second-ranked Falcons had an answer for the upstart Cardinals who roared out to a 12-6 first period advantage and trailed only 30-26 at intermission.
“I told our girls after the game, ‘you should learn something from this’.” said Good Counsel’s Tom Splaine. “It’s easy to play hard when you’re a top 10 team. These girls are coming into this game with a 1-11 league record and played their hearts outs for 4 quarters. That says something about their team.”
Ireton led 15-12 after one period of play and the Cardinals nursed their lead late into the second quarter before Good Counsel wrestled a 30-26 advantage away just before the end of two periods.
The navy and Vegas gold clad Falcons don’t panic and they methodically came out in the third quarter and turned up the defensive intensity, outscoring the Cardinals by a 17-8 margin to push their advantage to 47-34 after three periods.
The 4th quarter saw bench players join the action and the scoring slowed, the pace never let up. Spann led all scorers with 21, teammate Sara Woods added 14. No Cardinal scored in double figures, though Isabelle Kendal scored 9, Julia O’Brien and Alex Stepano had 8 points apiece and Camille Weber added 7 for the Cardinals.
For the Cardinals, 1-12 in WCAC action, 9-13 overall, the schedule takes them to Washington on Sunday for a rescheduled contest with Archbishop Carroll. The JV will open at noon followed by the varsity contest at 1:45. They will journey to St Mary’s on Tuesday before returning home Friday for a date with Bishop McNamara.