It was Valentines Day all around the world, but the Villa Duchesne Saints basketball team showed no love for their opponents, the visiting Rebels of Notre Dame.
The Saints scorers blistered the nets with eight-first half three pointers and ripped up the Rebels 47-33 in the second-to-last regular game of the season. They ended with nine three pointers. The Saints host Principia Thursday night on senior night.
The Saints stormed out the gates leading 8-2 and had a commanding 18-9 first quarter lead and an even bigger halftime bulge of 29-9.
The Saints are 15-7, the Rebels 6-16.
Villa was expected to win this game. You know things are going bad when the second half started and the Villa coach was still talking to three starters when the ref’s inbounded the ball. Notre Dame, having a 5-2 momentary player on the floor advantage failed to score on the inbound.
In fact, not everyone was sure Notre Dame was returning to the floor for the second half. With less than a minute left in the break, there were no Rebels anywhere to be seen. Could be, they were thinking of loading the bus for an early get away to their home in Lemay.
“We’re really not that good a team. We’ve still have an awful lot of things to work on, like learning how to win a game,” said their coach Megan Brady.
Villa coach Jane Ellen Kunzle was mostly pleased with the Valentine’s night effort. “We shot just about as good as we can shoot in the first half. Our team finally has confidence in their shooting. We’ve learned a lot from all of our practices,” she said.
Captain Hanna Benben, who led Villa with 10 points is fixed on senior night. “We’re really looking forward to that game. We didn’t let down. We played hard. We are very excited about how we are playing,” said the senior forward.
Villa the No. 3 seed in the district tournament will play the host team MICDS, No. 2 seed next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
The Saints suffered a setback last night. Reserve guard Kaitlin Springer, junior guard and a star soccer player got hit in the head with two minutes left in the game. She had just come back from a concussion suffered earlier this season.
Kristina Eason of Notre Dame put on a late surge and led the Rebels with 10 points.