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SMCC blasts Danbury

Mark Hazelwood • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Early in the second quarter, the Danbury girls basketball team was feeling good and took a 15-14 lead over St. Mary Central Catholic in a Division IV sectional semifinal at Norwalk High School.

Then the light came on for the Panthers.

From the 6:47 mark of the second quarter on, the Panthers (8-13) outscored the Lakers 42-12 en route to a 56-26 win to advance to Saturday's sectional championship game against South Central (11-9).

In the second game of the season on Nov. 30, the Trojans claimed a 68-65 win over SMCC.

"I think the first quarter was probably a little bit of nerves and being anxious to play," SMCC coach Dave Lozier said after his team lead 14-12 after the opening eight minutes. "I think after they went up there early in the second quarter, it kind of woke us up a bit."

On Jan. 18, the Panthers escaped Danbury with a 59-58 win.

It was a far cry from that on Tuesday, however, as SMCC shot 23 of 38 from the field while forcing 20 Danbury turnovers.

"They had girls step up that, even though I had seen it before, but didn't necessarily expect it to happen at that consistent rate," Danbury coach Ron Aukerman said. "Give credit toi them, they came through as a team.

"They came out and played together. We made a couple defensive stops in the second half, but we couldn't get anything to fall to cut into their lead."

Danbury shot just 9 of 42 from the floor, and were held to seven points in the second half.

"Shooting the way we did, that's pretty darn good," Lozier said. "But the defensive effort really stands out. When you can hold a team to seven points, something is working pretty well.

"I thought Alivia (Curtis) did a nice job rebounding and Christa (Widman) and Maddie (Engeler) with the post play did a nice job. It was a good team effort by everyone who played."

Lindsay Kaatz scored twice and Katy Glovinsky and Engler each added a basket during a 10-0 SMCC run in the second quarter that gave the Panthers a 25-15 lead with 4:14 left in the half.

SMCC pushed the lead up to 32-19 at halftime before outscoring the Lakers (7-14) by a 24-7 margin in the second half.

"Not bad for team that lost it's starting point guard a few weeks ago," Lozier said. "I like where we're at. Any time you beat a team like we did tonight, you have to be happy. We're better now than when we faced Danbury in January and I felt like we showed that."

Kaatz finished with 22 points on 10-of-10 shooting while Curtis added 11 points and eight rebounds. Engeler added nine points and five rebounds.

For Danbury, Kayla Oxendale scored 11 points and Felicia Beverick added six rebounds.

SMCC (8-13)

Lindsay Kaatz 10-2--22; Katy Glovinsky 3-0--7; Alivia Curtis 3-4--11; Christa Widman 1-0--2; Maddie Engeler 4-1--9; Hannah Snow 1-1--3; Hannah Green 1-0--2; TOTALS 23-8--56

DANBURY (7-14)

Kayla Oxendale 5-0--11; Lilly Kennedy 1-3--5; Clemons 1-0--2; Alexa Bintz 1-1--4; Mollie Knighton 1-0--3; Erin Lavelle 0-1--1; TOTALS 9-5--26

SMCC 14 18 14 10 -- 56

Danbury 12 7 3 4 -- 26

3-pt FG: SMCC 2 (Glovinsky, Curtis); Danbury 3 (Knighton, Bintz, Oxendale)

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