January 14th, 2011

Valkyries' Big Second Half Leads To Win

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Valkyries' Big Second Half Leads To Win
photo from Sacred Heart Academy

Sacred Heart downs Notre Dame 64-37 behind McGreal's 14

Playing its first game in eight days, the Sacred Heart Academy basketball team overcame an early deficit and defeated Notre Dame Academy 64-37 on Friday night, earning win No. 12 on the season.

The Valkyries were led by senior Monica McGreal's game-leading 14 points and senior Morgan Clemons' near double-double (11 points and nine rebounds) in the dominating victory.

After falling behind 9-6 midway through the first quarter, junior guard Jade Tubb hit a 3-pointer and drew a foul, converted the rare four-point play, and gave SHA its first of the lead of the game, and Sacred Heart would only trail once more. Tubb would finish with seven points in 14 minutes of play.

Down 18-17 with 4:48 to go in the second quarter, senior Annamarie Campbell's basket reclaimed the lead yet agian for the Valkyries and started a 14-4 run before halftime, giving SHA a 31-21 lead at the break.

Sacred Heart scored the first 11 points of the second half and took a 42-21 advantage off a McGreal steal and layup with 3:14 remaining in the third quarter. The Valkyries ended up outscoring the Pandas 16-8 in both the second and third periods.

Late in the fourth quater, Olivia Niehoff, Kristin Matula, Erica Walsh, and Raven Merriweather all converted layups to complete a 8-1 run to end the game and give SHA its largest lead of the game - 27 points - which was also the final margin of victory for the Valkyries.

Campbell was the third SHA player in double figures with 11 points. She also had two assists and two blocked shots.

Notre Dame was led by Olivia Voskuhl, who had 10 points and six rebounds in the losing effort.

Sacred Heart (12-3) is in action again on Sunday evening, as the Valkyries play at Assumption (8-7). The Rockets have won three consecutive games. Tip-off for that game is 6:30pm.



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