Junior guard Emmie Haring made only one shot in the Prepcasts Girls Shootout IV but it was a good one. Facing a wide open look three pointer, she drained the shot, giving St. Joseph’s Academy its first lead since the early going in their battle with Ozark High School from Southwest Missouri. The three-pointer stood up and the Angels wrestled the game from the Tigers, 59-53 running the season record to 14-2.
The Angels were lethargic in the first 16 minutes and fell behind by as many as eight points, when Julie Matheny called time out with 37.0 seconds remaining in the half to stop the bleeding.
In the third quarter, St. Joe outscored Ozark 20-2. They made up the five-point halftime deficit and they held a 50-37 point lead, heading into the final eight minutes of the game.
Senior guard Maddie Stock was a human scoring machine, netting a game-high 30 points, including six, three pointers. She showed perfect balance, scoring 15 points in each half.
The long arms of St. Joe’s defense forced Ozark into numerous mistakes in the second half, and the Angels pounded the boards, winning the war of rebounds.
“We were patient with our offense plan. I had plenty to say at halftime. I told the girls we had to pick up our intensity,” said St. Joe coach Julie Matheny who posted her 266th career win on CBC’s court Saturday night.
“I used a lot of comfort words at halftime,” she said with a big smile. “I know Maddie played a heckuva game but her touches on the defensive end were very important to us,” said the coach.
Maddie Stock was picked Most Valuable Player for St. Joe in the win. She was the only player on the winning side to score in double figures. Sydney Stipanovich, in foul trouble the first half was held to nine points. She continues to be plagued by free throw problems.
Sophomore Hannah Cook was MVP for the Tigers with a team-high 15 points. Melanie Williams had 10.
St. Joe returns to action Wednesday night. They host Cor Jesu Academy at 6 p.m.