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2016-01-13 / Sports

O’Hara and Mount St. Mary battle in girls hoop contest

by LEVI TRIMBLE Reporter


Cardinal O’Hara’s Cori Dickson takes a deep shot during Friday’s game against Mount St. Mary Academy. The Hawks won the game handily in the battle of the two Monsignor Martin teams. 
Photo by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Cardinal O’Hara’s Cori Dickson takes a deep shot during Friday’s game against Mount St. Mary Academy. The Hawks won the game handily in the battle of the two Monsignor Martin teams. Photo by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The defending Class B Catholic State champions had their hands full Friday when they hosted the top ranked girls basketball team in New York state.

The Thunder of Mount St. Mary Academy hosted Cardinal O’Hara in a league matchup between the two Monsignor Martin powers.

O’Hara, with their size, experience and skill earned the win in this one, defeating the Thunder, 78-52.

Summer Hemphill scored 18 points for the Hawks while teammate Anndea Zeigler scored 19 points to lead all in scoring.

Kiara Johnson scored seven points in the win while Shyla Parker scored nine points.

For the Thunder it was Meighan Murphy leading the scoring, putting up 14 points. Rayven Johnson scored 13 points while Kelly Burns scored nine.


Mt. St. Mary’s Molly Meegan comes up with the rebound as O'Hara hosts Mt. St. Mary in girls varsity basketball. 
Photo by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Mt. St. Mary’s Molly Meegan comes up with the rebound as O'Hara hosts Mt. St. Mary in girls varsity basketball. Photo by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com It was all O’Hara in the first half. The Hawks jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first, scoring 26 points while the full-court pressure defense allowed the Thunder only 10 points in the opening stanza.

The Hawks offense did not slow down in the second quarter, scoring 19 points.

The defense was on the ball as well as they limited the Mount St. Mary offense to only 10 points for the second straight quarter.

With a 25-point lead going into half time, it was time for the Hawks to cruise and let some more players get playing time.

Ten different players scored points for the Hawks in the game that saw many players see the floor in the blowout.

The two teams played to a draw in the third quarter, each scoring 18 points.

In the fourth quarter with a 25-point lead, the Hawks backed off but still managed to outscore the Thunder in the final stanza. The Hawks scored 15 points to the Thunder’s 14, earning the 78-52 win.

The Hawks went on to play against Nottingham, a team from Section III.

It was not a close contest as the Hawks showed why they are the top team in the state, earning a 75-38 win.

Hemphill scored 16 while Zeigler scored 15 points.

Johnson scored nine points for O’Hara while Parker and Nickelle O’Neil each added seven in the win.

O’Hara cruised out to a 13-point lead in the first quarter, outscoring the Nottingham team, 20-7.

O’Hara increased the lead in the game with a 15-point second quarter.

The O’Hara defense played just as stingy as ever, allowing only nine points in the second to take a 19-point lead into half time.

O’Hara scored 21 points coming out of the break, increasing the lead.

The defense allowed only 16 points in the third quarter as the team’s momentum continued after acquiring such a large lead.

O’Hara capped off the game with a 19-point fourth quarter, outscoring Nottingham by three points.

The Hawks were scheduled to play St. Mary’s Tuesday. Results from that game were not available at press time.

The Hawks are scheduled to face Niagara Catholic tonight.

Cardinal O’Hara will go on to play Bishop Kearney on Friday.

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