Unforgiving defense was the difference Friday night as the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls basketball team corralled St. John’s (D.C.), 70-60, in a fast-paced Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rematch.
The loss also ended the Cadets’ (15-1 overall, 7-1 WCAC) perfect record. The win, meanwhile, improved the Falcons’ record to 15-3 and 7-2 in conference play.
Senior point guard Lindsey Spann led the Falcon charge with aggressive and effective play, topping all scorers with 20.
The victory avenged a one-point loss to St. John’s earlier in the season, when Cadets were able to overcome a seven-point deficit and pull out the win.
The Falcons struck first Friday a minute-and-a-half into the game and held the lead until the final buzzer. The Falcons quickly established a six-point advantage and never looked back. The best the Cadets could do was pull to within four later in the first half.
The Falcons carried a 36-26 score to the locker room at the intermission.
Midway through the third quarter, they led by 14.
“We defended better,” coach Tom Splaine said after the game. “They are so hard to stop.”
Cadet standout Lindsay Allen, whose 14 third-quarter points played a major role in the teams’ last meeting, scored 15 points Friday night and was a force once more, including a thrilling 3-pointer as the first-half buzzer sounded.
“We didn’t do a great job stopping her tonight,” Splaine said.
As the Falcons flexed their defense, Spann’s solid ball handling fueled their offense, forcing St. John’s to scale back their defensive efforts.
Splaine had high praise for Spann, describing her performance as “fabulous.”
“The passes through inside early on did a good job of opening up the zone,” he said.
Spann also sank a 3-pointer at the close of the third quarter.
Amanda Fioravanti, the Falcons’ 6-foot-2 forward, added 17 points to the winning cause. She and Spann contributed more than half of the Falcons’ scoring.
The Cadets struggled to build momentum only to see it evaporate with errant shots or mistakes, including a pair of technical fouls that stalled an early rally with 4 minutes, 15 seconds in the first quarter.
Torrie Oliver, a senior forward, was the Cadets’ scoring bright spot, with 18 points. She scored the team’s first points and was also effective at the free-throw line.
Friday’s victory is bound to boost the Falcon’s confidence as they seek back-to-back Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles and a season that saw them go 30-5.
For their next game, the Falcons travel to Arlington, Va., on Tuesday where they will face Bishop O’Connell.
Our Lady of Good Counsel 70, St. John’s (D.C.) 60
St. John’s 7 19 20 14 — 60
Good Counsel 17 19 19 15 — 70
Good Counsel: Lindsey Spann 20, Amanda Fioravanti 17, Sara Woods 12, Jordan Light 10, Nicole Enabosi 8, Stacey Koutris 3.
St. Johns: Tori Oliver 18, Lindsay Allen 15, Amari Carter 6, Jasmine Bailey 6, Sarah Overcash 5, Kayla Robbins 4, Genesis Parker 3, Britani Stowe 3.