About the only drama in St. Charles Catholic’s opening-round Division III girls basketball playoff game against McGehee in Laplace on Wednesday night was whether the Hawks could score more than the 15 points they managed during a district encounter between the teams earlier in the season.
It turns out, the Hawks couldn’t.
Limited to 10 points through three quarters, the Hawks managed only four in the final period to fall 48-14. In the earlier District 11-2A contest, St. Charles won 46-15.
St. Charles (15-7) advances to the second round to take on the winner between No. 4 Northlake Christian and Ascension Episcopal, the No. 13 seed.
McGehee (7-12) managed only four points in each of three quarters and had a two-point quarter to account for the Hawks’ 14 points.
By contrast, St. Charles Catholic scored the first 14 points of the game and never looked back in eliminating the Hawks.
“That’s how our girls are. We play tough defense and the defense helps us with the offense. They are a very focused team,” said Lady Comets coach Dawn Gaubert.
The Hawks were unable to contend with SCC’s defense, which led to easy transition baskets for the Lady Comets off of turnovers. Also, the Lady Comets dominated on the boards as SCC raced out to s 36-8 halftime lead.
Kelly Campbell pulled down 13 rebounds for St. Charles and Mallory Fernandez 10. Kaitlyn Abair as the Lady Comets’ only double-figure scorer with 16 points.
Only two players scored for MeGehee. Jordan Felix had nine points for the Hawks and Cameron Metzinger five.
Trailing 14-0, MeGehee didn’t score its first points on the game until the 3:14 mark of the opening quarter on a 3-pointer by Felix.
The Hawks would add only one point the remainder of the quarter to trail 25-4.
“We look at it this way – we let the girls go out there and play their best. We are one solid team out there together. The girls love to play together,” Gaubert said.
A basket by St. Charles’ Mya Brown at the end of the first quarter gave the Lady Comets a 21-point advantage, representing SCC’s biggest lead int the opening period.
The Hawks suffered a similar fate in the second quarter, again being held to four points in the period.
After SCC made it a 30-point spread on an inside basket by Abair, the Lady Comets brought in several players off the bench.
Leading by 26, Campbell hit a jumper at the buzzer to give the Lady Comets a 36-8 lead at halftime.
The Hawks were limited to two points in the third quarter of a second half that was hardly a scoring fest for either team. SCC scored the first five points of the quarter before Campbell’s basket, leaving the Lady Comets with a 41-10 lead going into the final quarter.
While the Hawks were again held to four points in the fourth quarter, SCC managed only six in the period. Abair’s free-throw with 1:42 left in the game proved to be the final points of the game. The 48-14 final represented the Lady Comets’ biggest lead of the game at 34 points.
Gaubert said she expects her team to face Northlake Christians, meaning a second-round road playoff game for the Lady Comets.
“They are a very tough team. It will be a rough one for us. We just have to go out there with the mindset that we can do it as a team,” said the Lady Comets coach.