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St. Joseph’s girls make history

By Kenny Varner
BOALSBURG – They made history.
The St. Joseph’s Academy girls basketball team forged out their names in the school history books as they picked up post season win number one Thursday night on their own home floor.
It was a game where the whole team from top to bottom had their own time to shine in the Wolves 51-34.
“I am extremely happy! This was our first post season win ever. This was the first time we ever made it to the post season,” St. Joe’s Coach Katie Sosnoskie said. “We were really excited about that. It was a great team effort. We were down a player tonight. We had some players step up and make some baskets for us and played a great defensive game.
Leading the way in the stat book was Center Selena Mann. Mann finished the night with 19 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots on the night.
Teammate Brynn Hershbine also had some strong stats as well posting nine boards, three steals and seven points.
Defensively, the Wolves held every individual player on the Lady Pirates’ team to under 10 points.
St. Joe’s got the game started on the right foot as it outscored Williamsburg 15-6 in the first quarter. Mann led all scorers in the period with six while teammate Kathleen Simander hit a triple.
However, the Lady Wolves came out firing in the second quarter.
On their first possession of the quarter, Alexi McMonagle hit a triple to cut things to 15-9.
Williamsburg forced a Wolves turnover on the following possession and put the ball in the hands of the Lady Pirates’ Madison Bern. Been stepped back behind the three-point line and also drained a triple, forcing St. Joe’s to call a time out.
But Williamsburg wasn’t going away as Cassandra Michelone tied things at 15 after draining a triple of her own with 3:32 left in the half.
Seconds later, the Lady Pirates took a 17-15 lead when Alexa Weimert hit a jumper.
Having to adjust on the run seemed fine with the Wolves as they ran off an 11-0 run to extend things back out for St. Joseph before the intermission.
Leading the charge back out in front was five points from Hershbine and four from teammate Simander. With the run, St. Joe’s notched our a 26-17 halftime advantage.
Both teams scored 11 points in the period.
In the second half, the Wolves started to feed the ball inside to Mann. Mann was fearless as she dribbled in a shot in the key, posting 13 of her 19 points in the second half.
St. Joe’s never looked back as they combined for 19-second half points while its defense clamped down and held the Lady Pirates to only 15 en route to their 17-point victory.
The girls will be back in action Monday as part of a St. Joseph double header at Tyrone at a time to be announced later.

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