Sacred Heart snuck out with a 50-48 win at home on Saturday evening over Owensboro Catholic in girls’ basketball action. The Valkyries move to 8-5 on the season as they start the 2019 calendar year; the Lady Aces drop to 10-5.
“We’re still young”, Sacred Heart coach Donna Moir said, “to win on a night where Ashlee Harris only scores four points, that’s a big win for us.”
The first quarter saw both teams going back-and-forth with neither team able to get anything substantial going on offense. Sacred Heart’s Kristen Clemons ripped off seven straight points to give her team an early 19-18 lead. Despite the run, they trailed 28-25 at half.
The Lady Aces started off hot to start the third quarter. Spencer Harvey’s and-one floater gave Owensboro Catholic a 36-31 advantage with 5:03 left.
The Sacred Heart defense was notable in the first half, but it started to alter the game late in the third quarter. A couple steals led to easy baskets and they regained the lead minutes later. However, Clemons picked up her fourth foul with less than a minute left in the period.
Owensboro Catholic’s Caroline Reid nailed a three-pointer and Olivia Kaufman answered with a three of her own for SHA. The Lady Aces were able to respond yet again with Mackenzie Keelin pouring in another triple to put OC ahead 48-47.
To make matters worse, Clemons got called for her fifth foul with 1:45 to play. “Kristen is our glue that kind of holds us all together and when she fouled outI was really worried about that, but we stepped up and made some plays when we had to.”
She finished with 18 points and six rebounds. Sacred Heart would then take the lead on a Callie Birk put-back with 56 seconds to play.
A block by Josie Gilvin and a steal from Ashlee Harris sealed the 50-48 victory for SHA. Overall, they tallied 11 steals and seven blocks as a team.“Defense is what we pride ourselves in”, Moir said, “we got some steals and we came through.”
Destinee Marshall and Olivia Kaufman both had eight points apiece for the Valkyries. Josie Gilvinrecorded six points, eight rebounds, five steals, and five blocks. They will return to action on Wednesday in a big seventh region matchup at Manual.
Hannah McKay had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Owensboro Catholic; Isabella Henning and Spencer Harvey both had seven points. The Lady Aces host Grayson County on Tuesday night. “They have some playmakers”, Moir said, “they were bigger than us at every position.”