By Jerry Del Priore
It was a game of good bounces and bad ones for the Tigers, as several shots found its way through the hoop in the first quarter, and many ricocheted in and out the rest of the way en route to a 52-45 CHSAA Class A BK/QU defeat to Fontbonne Hall Academy Thursday night at home.
Bishop Kearney, behind senior point guard Casey O’Shaughnessy’s 10 points, leaped out to a 16-7 first quarter advantage.
But the second period spelled a different story, as the Tigers (8-7) managed just three points, mainly due to poor passing and overall sloppy play, which led to the squad coughing up the ball.
The Bonnies (10-5) took advantage of the miscues, as they chipped away at the lead with 12 points that sliced the deficit to 19-18 at the end of the first half.
“We had a habit the last four games now, that we have one bad quarter, that either puts us behind, or, in this case, allowed a team to come back,” head coach Rocco Sellitto said.
“That’s one thing. The other thing is turnovers in the fourth quarter. To me, the difference in the game overall was unforced turnovers,” he continued. “I say unforced because they weren’t under pressure. It was just bad passes, passes to the wrong player, and allowing them to get second shots off of rebounds.”
Senior center Winter Charles, who led her team with 19 points, was a major factor in Fontbonne’s solid rebounding performance, as she dominated the paint.
The Bonnies pulled ahead of Bishop Kearney, 20-19, for the first time in the contest 1:07 into the third period.
However, O’Shaughnessy kept the Tigers close with six points, trailing Fontbonne by a score of 27-25 with 3:20 to go in the third.
But the Bonnies went on a 9-4 run over a 2:10 stretch to extend its advantage 36-27.
Not to be outdone, though, O’Shaughnessy sank two free throws and drilled a deep trey to cut Fontbonne’s’ lead to four points, by the end of the third quarter.
Senior Kathleen Egan nailed a three-pointer to draw Bishop Kearney to within a point (36-35) of Fontbonne with 7:14 to go in the game.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Bonnies closed out the tilt on a 16-10 run.
O’Shaughnessy drained a game-high 26 points, while Egan poured in nine, all on three three-pointers.
Bishop Kearney travels to St. Agnes Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Watch Kathleen Egan bury a trey in the video below: