It’s a win-win for Lady Tigers

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Emily Maggio at the free throw line

By Trent Friedel, exclusive to the Times

The Saint Mary’s Lady Tigers hosted cross river rival Montgomery last Friday. The home Tigers wasted no time jumping on Montgomery. Ragan Hale sunk a three to start action and it was a prelude of things to come. Saint Mary’s led 15 – 6 after the first period.

Saint Mary’s sets the man to man defense
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That lead would grow to 23 – 8 on good shooting and offensive boards resulting in second chance points for the Ladies. Turnovers proved costly for Montgomery. The Saint Mary’s girls played tenacious defense. The final would have SMH walloping Montgomery 57 – 21.

Hale had 10 points, Maria Bienvenu put in 11 and Carissa Kautz added 9.

Ragan Hale drives to score

Fast forward to Monday and the Ladies were again at home hosting Many. Saint Mary’s held a 13-point lead through one period of play 19 – 6. Many had a lid on their goal as shots would not fall for them.

Intense ball pressure led to many Many turnovers that SMH capitalized upon. The high post pick and drive was working almost to perfection for Saint Mary’s. With half of the second quarter clock expired, wholesale substitutes entered for the home team leading by 30 points 36 – 6.

Even the subs had success with steals and scores. At the half, SMH led 44 – 12 with nine points each for Bienvenu and Hale. Wholesale subs would enter again for Saint Mary’s half way through the third leading 53 – 14.

Ragan Hale inbounds to Jensen Parker

Freshman Kelsee Bienvenu played a solid defense opening an immense 56 – 19 third quarter advantage. Saint Mary’s was in man-to-man early in the fourth period. The lead stood at 62 – 25 with under four minutes in regulation. The referees would not seem to allow the lead to be this large.

McKinzie Lipa dribbles into the front court

Ticky-tack fouls get called and Many is afforded a chance to get a little closer. Saint Mary’s probably could have hung 80 up on Many but Coach Collins elected to let his bench play. Final in this one was Saint Mary’s Ladies 62, Many 37.