by Tom Utescher
In their final night of SMG Sportsplex summer league basketball, the Mount St. Joseph Academy Magic played two different types of games last Wednesday.
The first was an up-tempo, high scoring affair, and the second was somewhat more defensively oriented. Missing some of their top players, the Mounties wound up on the short end of the scoreboard in both bouts, first falling to perennial Philadelphia Catholic League power Archbishop Wood High School, 64-33, and then succumbing to one of their own Catholic Academies rivals, St. Basil, 41-16.
In the first contest, Mount St. Joe scored the first four points and stayed close to Wood for the initial eight minutes, when the Magic were just one point back at 8-9. Then, however, the Vikings rattled off 16 straight points, and the Mount never really recovered. Lay-ups by Erin Bethel and Audrey Bryce finally set the MSJ offense in motion again, but the halftime tally was 31-12.
Wood began the second half with a lay-up and a three-pointer to go up by two-dozen points before senior Megan Dodaro drove for a Mount St. Joe field goal. The overall scoring totals for the second half (33-21) were closer than those in the first period, but the Vikings already had the game well in hand.
Dodaro and sophomore Taylor Sistrunk each put up nine points and Bryce finished with six. Senior Alexa Silvestri scored five points, and Bethel and junior Allie Prue added two points apiece.
Although there was not as much scoring overall as in the Wood game, the Mount once again fell victim to a decisive first-half run as they squared off against AACA rival St. Basil.
A free throw by Bryce and a score off of an offensive rebound by senior Maddie Getty kept the Magic close early on, 3-4. From there, though, back-to-back three-point buckets contributed to a 16-1 charge by the Panthers. After the first half ended at 24-7, the Magic tacked on nine points the rest of the way and St. Basil cruised to victory.
Five points apiece by Sistrunk and sophomore guard Maura Scanlon paced the Mount St. Joseph offense, with three points coming from Dodaro, two from Getty, and one from Bryce.