February 15th, 2019

Sacred Heart Closes Regular Season with Win Over Bullitt East

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Sacred Heart Closes Regular Season with Win Over Bullitt East
SHA defeats Bullitt East on senior night/photo by Jeff Woods

Sacred Heart fended off a furious fourth-quarter Bullitt East rally to earn a 65-58 win in its regular season finale Friday night. The Valkyries enter the postseason with a record of 21-7 while the Chargers dropped to 21-9.

“We came out like gangbusters and got up on them,” said Sacred Heart head coach Donna Moir. “That’s why we play this game last game of the year because we want to be battle-tested. We know Bullitt East is going to bring everything they have.”

The Valkyries controlled much of the game and took a 46-37 lead into the fourth quarter. After falling behind by 12, the Chargers went on an 8-0 run and eventually pulled within two at 57-55 with two minutes to play. Sacred Heart senior Ashlee Harris responded with five straight points, including a corner three that effectively put the game away with 55 seconds remaining.

“I knew Kristen (Clemons) would find me,” said Harris. “My teammate set me up really well for that three to be wide open.”

Harris, the lone senior for the Valkyries, finished with 12 points, five rebounds, and three assists. She says playing her final home game Friday night was bittersweet.

“We’re not finished yet, but I’m just glad we won on my Senior Night. It was really awesome,” she said.

Sacred Heart junior Destinee Marshall put on a show in the early going. She scored 15 of her game-high 21 points in the first half. Moir believes when Marshall is playing that well, it makes the Valkyries very tough to beat.

“That gives us another big-time scorer,” said Moir. “She was hot early, and we tried to keep going to her. They obviously were paying a lot of attention to Clemons inside. It’s good that we have other options.”

Clemons, another Sacred Heart junior, just missed out on a 20-20 night, finishing with 18 points and 19 rebounds.

“She’s a warrior. You talk about tough. She’s tough,” said Moir. “People are hanging on her all day long. They did a really good job double and triple teaming her, and it opened things up for Destinee and Ashlee. But she’s had a phenomenal season this year.”

Emmy Ralph led Bullitt East with 18 points. Emma Egan also hit double-figures with ten points while Lexi Taylor and Carolina Scott pulled down a combined 23 rebounds.

“I thought our kids made some nice adjustments throughout the game and limited their transition points some in the second half,” said Chargers head coach Chris Stallings. “I was proud of our kids for playing on the road last night and getting in after 10 p.m. and coming in here with no scouting plan. It was a good girls basketball game.”

Sacred Heart enters the postseason as one of several contenders in the seventh region. The Valkyries’ march toward the Sweet 16 begins in the 27th District tournament against Atherton.

“It’s a new year. Everyone is going to be 0-0, so what we’ve done so far doesn’t matter,” said Moir. “I just really love coaching this group. They’re just all about each other, and it’s been a lot of fun all the way around. We’re going to keep working hard, and we’re going to take it one possession at a time.”


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