February 12th, 2011

McGreal's 20 Earns Valkyries Win No. 20

Chris Jung

Senior Writer


McGreal's 20 Earns Valkyries Win No. 20
photo by Chris Jung

SHA drops CAL 61-47 for fourth straight victory

Sacred Heart Academy senior Monica McGreal scored a team-high 20 points, Morgan Clemons and Annamarie Campbell put together big double-double performances, and the Valkyries used a key 14-4 run in the third quarter to overcome Christian Academy of Louisville 61-47 on Friday night.

It was win No. 20 on the season for SHA - a team that is continuing to state its case as being one of the best high school girls basketball teams in the state.

McGreal's 20-point performance came on a 9-of-17 shooting exhibition from the field, and countered the game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds from CAL's China Dow.

After the game was tied at halftime 22-22, Sacred Heart took a 25-24 lead at the third quarter's 6:48 mark on a layup by Campbell, and the Valkyries never trailed again. Three minutes later, leading 31-30, SHA got another layup from Campbell that stared a crucial 14-4 run that was capped by a putback by McGreal, which followed an offensive rebound on her own missed shot.

McGreal's bucket pushed SHA ahead 45-32 and they would go on to start the fourth period with a 45-34 advantage.

After CAL scored first in the final quarter to cut the SHA lead to nine, Clemons scored four straight points and junior Jade Tubb hit a jumper to to push the Valkyrie lead back to 15. The Centurions would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Campbell (16 points) and Clemons (14 points) combined for 30 points, 23 rebounds and three blocked shots in the win. McGreal added seven boards to her aforementioned 20-point night, and senior Maddie Peabody poured in four points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Sacred Heart, which did not shoot particularly well on Friday (24-of-73 from the field), was 12-of-16 from the free throw line as a team and picked up 26 points off 25 Centurion turnovers.

The Valkyries host state powerhouse Boone County on Wednesday at 7:30pm, and have just three regular season games remaining before beginning postseason play.

 

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