January 22nd, 2011

Valkyries Win LIT Tune-Up 53-50

Holly Freeland

Staff Writer

Valkyries Win LIT Tune-Up 53-50
photo by Holly Freeland

Clemons leads SHA to victory over Perry County Central

Coming into the game with a 13-3 record, Sacred Heart Academy added another mark to their victory column on Saturday afternoon, as the Valkyries defeated Perry County Central 53-50 in the Raatz Fence Classic at Mercy Academy.

Fresh off their victory against Assumption earlier in the week, the Valkyries used points in the paint to dominate the Lady Commodores, as senior center Morgan Clemons had a game-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds.

Throughout the game, Perry Central used a full-court press and zone defense to try to keep Sacred Heart at bay. 

Though Sacred Heart controlled the game through most of the first half and would lead by as many as 10 points, Perry Central would get within three points to go into the half 27-24.

The Lady Commodore’s rally would last into the 3rd quarter, as they took the lead early behind 53 percent shooting from the field in the second half, up from 33 percent in the first. With several lead changes and ties, Perry Central took a 38-35 lead going into the final quarter, led by Kendall Noble’s team-high 16 points.

But SHA was not ready to concede the fight. 

The Valkyries' Maddie Peabody cut the Commodore lead to one at the start of the fourth quarter. After a defensive stop on Perry Central’s end, Sacred Heart reclaimed the lead on a basket by Clemons. Through a combination of methodical passing, clock management and possession in the last minutes of the contest, the Valkyries were able to secure the 53- 50 victory.

Sacred Heart’s head coach Donna Moir said “This was a good win for us. We knew Perry Central was a good team. We didn’t play the best we can play, but we got the win, which is what we were looking for.”

Sacred Heart was 15-of-31 from the free throw line, and was 2-of-11 from three-point range. Clemons was not the only Valkrie to notch a double-double, as senior Annamarie Campbell also had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the game.

Sacred Heart’s next game is at the girls Louisville Invitational Tournament, held Jan. 25-29 on Bellarmine University’s campus.


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