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The St. Marys Lady Dutch used strong perimeter shooting and a fast start to take a 74-32 victory over Ridgway Monday night at Ridgway Area High School.
St. Marys made nine 3-pointers on the game. St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli said the perimeter game is something the Lady Dutch can rely upon.
"What we're looking for is to move the basketball and we'll get our shot and we'll make our shot," Hoohuli said. "We were looking to just move the basketball around and they were able to connect on their shot."
The Lady Dutch opened the game by scoring the game's first 11 points. Jenna Anderson hit a 3-pointer to start the game. Adair Gennocro scored a layup off a steal and then buried a baseline jumper to put St. Marys ahead 7-0 with 6:20 left in the first quarter. A transition basket from Anderson upped the lead to 9-0 and Sloan Foster scored off a steal to extend the lead to 11-0.
"Our main focus was working on execution," coach Hoohuli said. "They worked hard and I think they did execute both on the offensive and defensive end."
A Christine Schauer field goal put the Lady Elkers on the board but a 3-pointer from Kiana Hoohuli upped the lead to 14-2. Foster and Ridgway's Sierra Kos exchanged field goals to make the lead 16-4. Abbey Cribbs made a basket and DeAnna Yost converted a 3-point play to push the lead to 21-4. Hoohuli and Gennocro hit field goals to end the first quarter as St. Marys led 25-4 after the first eight minutes. Gennocro had six points and led all scorers with 21 points for the Lady Dutch.
Foster and Becky Krieg hit 2-point field goals to push the lead to 29-4 early in the second quarter and prompt a Ridgway timeout. Gennocro and Rachel Krieg extended the St. Marys lead to 33-4 with six minutes left in the first half. Two free throws from Ridgway point guard Jenni Thomas broke the 17-0 run the Lady Dutch established from the latter stages of the first quarter and into the second quarter.
Gennocro buried a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 30 at 36-6. After a free throw, Gennocro and Nicole Breier exchanged field goals.
Angela DeAngelo of Ridgway and Foster alternated field goals to put the margin at 41-10 and a Breier field goal closed the half as St. Marys led 41-12 at halftime.
The Lady Dutch opened the third quarter with another strong start, scoring eight of the first 10 points. Gennocro buried a 3-pointer, one of three on the game, in the early stages of the third quarter, then stole a pass and cruised in for a layup. Breier added a field goal but Anderson drained a trey for the Lady Dutch.
After a Ridgway field goal, Gennocro hit her third trey of the game. Breier and Katie Oknefski hit consecutive 2-pointers for the Lady Elkers to make the margin 52-20. DeAnna Yost knocked in a trey for the Lady Dutch before Breier put in another inside field goal for Ridgway. Breier led Ridgway with 12 points.
"When we get the ball inside, we usually do pretty well," coach Schauer said. "Nicole's a pretty good player. She played really well in the third quarter."
Oknefski hit a 3-pointer late in the third quarter for Ridgway but St. Marys maintained a big lead at 59-25.
"Katie played an awesome defensive game," coach Schauer said. "She had five steals."
An Anderson 3-pointer and a Cribbs 2-pointer put St. Marys up 64-25. Savanna Nelson then hit a trey for Ridgway but two straight field goals by Foster put the mercy clock in effect with a 68-28 lead.
Foster hit a free throw for the Lady Dutch, Hoohuli and Schauer alternated field goals to leave the score at 71-30. Taylor Roseto knocked in a short jumper late in the game before Hoohuli hit St. Marys' ninth 3-pointer in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
St. Marys had four players finish in double figures for the game. In addition to Gennocro's 21 points, Anderson had 13 points, Thomas finished with 11 points and Hoohuli tallied 10 points for the Lady Dutch.
"I like when we have most of our girls contributing and scoring," coach Hoohuli said. "I think a big factor was we had minimal turnovers. When you can minimize your turnovers, good things can happen."
St. Marys (7-7) travels to take on Clearfield on Thursday. Ridgway (0-14) is slated to host Curwensville (3-7) tonight.
"Defensively, we need to pick it up, all five players," coach Schauer said. "We'll continue to get better, we have a game [today] we got to get ready for."
St. Marys 25 16 18 15 - 74
Ridgway 4 8 13 9 - 32
St. Marys â€“ 74
Adair Gennocro 9 0-0 21, Jenna Anderson 5 0-0 13, Sloan Foster 5 1-3 11, Kiana Hoohuli 4 0-0 10, Abbey Cribbs 3 0-0 6, Becky Krieg 2 1-2 5, DeAnna Yost 2 1-1 5, Rachel Krieg 1 0-2 2, Totals 31 3-8 74.
Ridgway â€“ 32
Nicole Breier 6 0-1 12, Katie Oknefski 2 0-2 5, Christine Schauer 2 0-0 4, Savanna Nelson 1 0-0 3, Angela DeAngelo 1 0-0 2, Sierra Kos 1 0-0 2, Taylor Roseto 1 0-0 2, Jenni Thomas 0 2-2 2, Totals 12 2-5 32.
3-pointers: St. Marys 9 (Gennocro 3, Anderson 3, Hoohuli 2, Yost 1), Ridgway 2 (Oknefski, Nelson).