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Perkins defeats St. Mary in SBC matchup

Dan Angelo • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

The Perkins girls didn't play particularly well when they took on St. Mary Central Catholic last month in The Den, and they still came away with a 23-point win.

The Lady Pirates played much better the second time around.

"We put together three good quarters of basketball," Perkins coach Ray Neill said of an 82-37 win over the Panthers on Thursday at Perkins High School. "We've been working on it and we've been talking about it. For all the work our girls have put in, I'm happy they went out and can now reap the rewards of that hard work."

Shannon Ebert may benefited the most from all the hard work with game-highs in both scoring (25 points) and rebounds (seven). In fact, the sophomore piled up all her stats in three quarters of play, two more points than the entire St. Mary team over the same stretch.

"That was probably one of the best games I've ever had, so it was nice," she said. "I have to thank my teammates because we passed the ball really well. They created open shots for me and the whole team."

The Lady Pirates (9-1, 7-1 SBC) converted 26 of 49 shots from the field over the first three periods, owned a 33-13 edge on the boards and had just eight turnovers over the first 24 minutes. They substituted liberally in the fourth quarter, but still converted 31 of 56 shots from the field and dominated the boards by a 37-16 margin.

"This was one of the best games we've had all year," Ebert said. "We've been practicing hard. We're finally getting aggressive and getting to the basket and not just settling for an open shot but we're getting to the line and finishing."

For all that went right for the Lady Pirates, it went wrong for the Lady Panthers.

St. Mary CC (1-11, 1-7 SBC) was just 11 of 35 from the field, taking just six shots in the second quarter, as Perkins built a 51-18 advantage, and only eight in the third.

"They played well and we didn't play very well at all," said Panthers coach Dave Lozier. "I almost think we should give our fans their money back because we just didn't play well at all."

Lindsay Kaatz led the Panthers with 20 points and five rebounds, but no other St. Mary CC player have more than six points in the game.

Darcy Daniel and Chelsea Smith each finished with 15 points in the game, with Jordan Fraley tossing in 11. Smith also had six boards, with Fraley and Kendall Harris each adding five.

"We pushed it a little more than what we normally do in the Lady Pirate basketball environment, but it's something we've been working on," Neill said. "We did it tonight for three quarters. Now hopefully, we can put two games of playing good basketball back-to-back."

Perkins added a 56-24 victory in the junior varsity game with Amanda Wolf scoring 13 points and Summer Seitz adding 10. Natalie Colavincenzo led the Panthers with seven points.

St. Mary CC (1-11, 1-7)

Lindsay Kaatz 7-6--20; Brady Bowers 0-1--1; Alivia Curtis 1-0--2; Maddie Engeler 1-4--6; Hannah Snow 2-0--4; Sara May 0-2--2; Bridgett Murphy 0-2--2. Totals 11-18--37

Perkins (9-1, 7-1)

Darcy Daniel 7-0--15; Shannon Ebert 10-5--25; Chelsea Smith 5-4--15; Jordan Fraley 4-3--11; Kristen Campbell 2-0--4; Kendall Harris 2-1--5; Amanda Wolf 0-3--3; Kayla Yost 1-2--4. Totals 31-18--82

St. Mary CC 10 8 5 14 -- 37

Perkins 26 25 16 15 -- 82

3-point goals -- (SM) none; (P) Darcy Daniel 1, Chelsea Smith 1

JV -- Perkins 56-24

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