The start of what is known as “the second season” was not the answer for the Monroeville girls’ basketball Tuesday night in their opening game of the Division IV sectional at Norwalk High School.
Fremont St. Joseph kept Brad Dunlap’s team winless on the season, taking a 62-24 decision to advance against St. Paul in the first of two games that will make up the sectional finals.
The Lady Streaks left little doubt right from the start. They led 5-0 early and after making three of four three-point shots and 6-of-12 for the quarter, held a 16-4 advantage at the end of one.
Although the Lady Eagles (0-21) did a better job on defense in the second period, they could not find an answer on the offensive end, scoring just four more points. Gary Geller’s team cooled to 12 points to lead 28-8 at halftime.
St. Joseph (7-14) scored 21 points in the third period, getting six of their eight goals by beating Monroeville down court. Amanda Binder had an especially productive quarter with scoring four baskets, including three of uncontested on the break.
Five points was the best any Monroeville player could do. That was from juniors Madison Quillen and Brooke Barnett and freshman Morgan Rarick.
The Lady Eagles showed 8-of-47 shooting numbers, including 2-of-18 from above the arc and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. Monroeville was charged with 29 turnovers.
The Lady Streaks were led by Taylor Flick with 14 points
Monroeville held a 24-22 advantage on the boards with Barnett leading the way with six.
“We were not ready to play,” Dunlap said. “We were sluggish and it showed in our shot selection. I saw some positives that can be carried forward to next year but it is going to take work in the summer season,’’ he added “Everyone is back but Carolyn Schafer so it gives them every opportunity to improve their skills.
“We have talent. Our freshman starter, Morgan Rarick, is very skilled and could be the player that will lead us toward turning this thing around,’’ the coach added. “The same way with Brooke Barnett. She can easily take her game to another level. The girls are at least understanding things now.”
Geller’s mind was already on St. Paul after the game. That’s his 6:15 p.m. Saturday night opponent.
“We were one for 11 against them in the first quarter and trailed 14-2 at the end of one. We then played them even the rest of the game,” Geller said. “Our record is not great at 7-14 but we played a meat-grinder of a schedule early.
“We lost to St. Pete’s which lost three games and two games later we get Clyde who didn’t lose any,’’ he added. “Then we lose to Carey who lost five games, four of those when they were without four suspended starters. “Don’t take anything away from St. Paul though. (Audrey) Badovick is as good as anyone in the area. We had a hard time with her. They are deep and because of that a lot of kids are able to do different things. It will be a real battle.”