WIXOM, MI (January 28, 2020) – The Lady Eagles dropped their second in a row as they fell 36-35 to St. Catherine of Siena tonight. PCA was outscored 16-5 in the pivotal fourth quarter as the Stars erased a 30-20 deficit.
The game was a defensive struggle throughout as both teams used defensive pressure to disrupt the offenses. St. Catherine’s pressure forced the Eagles into 24 second half turnovers, which proved to be the Eagles’ undoing.
The Stars led 10-9 after one as the Eagles missed four free throws.
PCA fought back in the second quarter, outscoring their hosts 10-3 as they built a 19-13 halftime lead.
The Eagles were led by Anna Fernandez with 7 and Morganne Houk with 4. Isabel Mossel and Ariela Boboc had 3 a piece.
The third quarter saw PCA build on their lead. Hoops by Boboc, Fernandez and Mossel gave the Eagles a 30-20 lead after three.
The Stars increased their physical play and forced PCA into making rushed decisions which led to errant passes and fumbled possessions.
St. Catherine took the lead late in the quarter on an uncontested three. PCA was forced to put the Stars on the line in an effort to get the ball back. Isabel Mossel cut the lead to one with 2.0 seconds left, but St. Catherine was able to get the ball inbounds and run out the clock.
Coach Rod Windle lamented, “This one was tough. We got out of our rhythm and seemed to be rushed. We got better at the free throw line, but just too many turnovers.”
PCA falls to 8-3 on the season while SCA improves to 9-2.
St. Catherine was led by Hailey Baumann with 10 pts, Rachel Luomala with 9, Lizzy Turek with 7 and Maeve Burke with 6.
Anna Fernandez – 13 points, 4 steals, 4 rebounds
Ariela Boboc – 9 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks
Morganne Houk – 6 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds
Isabel Mossel – 5 points, 2 steals, 3 rebounds
Ella Godin – 2 points, 5 rebounds
Rachel Costello – 2 steals
Emma Clark – 2 steals, 1 block
Grace Fernandes – 1 assist
The Eagles are back in action on Thursday when they hit the road again, this time in Westland when they play Lutheran Westland. Game time is 5:30 (JV will play immediately following.)
PCA downed Lutheran Westland earlier in the season, 68-26.