Bishop Donahue’s Jewel Purpura Scores 1,000th Point in Loss to Steubenville Catholic

Photo by Kyle Lutz Bishop Donahue senior Jewel Purpura surpassed 1,000 career points Saturday night.

McMECHEN — While it was not the outcome it may have wanted, it was a memorable night for Bishop Donahue. With 3:39 to go in the second quarter, Jewel Purpura hit her third 3-pointer of the game and eclisped the 1,000-point mark. Purpura finished with 22 points along with six shots behind the arc in 71-53 loss to Steubenville Catholic at Bishop Donahue High School Saturday night.

“Jewel deserves it,” Bishop Donahue coach Shawn Martin said. “She has been a blessing to coach. She has a high basketball IQ and shoots the ball very well. She’s been in a little bit of a slump so far this year and I think it had to do with it. I think pressing a little bit at times. But she deserves it; she works hard. And she is a very good shooter.”

Indeed. After the shot that got Purpura over the 1000-point plateau, she started hitting more shots from down town to keep her team in the ball game. Her fourth 3-pointer of the second quarter put the score at 36-26 in favor of the Crusaders with 1:30 left in the game. She then hit a pair of free throws to get the Bishops within single digits, 36-28.

“I give the credit to my team,” Purpura said. “My sister and everybody knows how to move the ball. It’s great for me and my team. We all did it together.”

The lead proved to be too much for the Bishops as a sloppy first quarter and a half put them in a big hole. Steubenville Catholic scored the first six points of the game and went on a 14-0  to put the score at 22-7 with 7:19 to go in the first half.

The Crusaders also took advantage of their size as they had many offensive rebounds and second chance opportunties to put points on the board.

“We’re lucky that we have three solid post players,” Crusaders coach Jess Looman said. “We’re a pretty seasoned team. So we work on constantly boxing out and getting those offensive boards and getting the defensive boards as well. They did a great job.

“I also want to congraulate (Purpura) on scoring 1,000 points.”

Steubenville Catholic tallied the first four points of the second half to put its lead at 12, 42-30, but the Bishops started to fight back, cutting the lead to six after a Josie Purprua 3-pointer. After a pair of free throws by Brantley Turnage, Maddie Menendez hit a jumper to put the score at 48-42. That is as close as the Bishops would get as the Cruasders scored the next seven points to put the score at 55-42 with 7:28 left in the fourth quarter.

Three Crusaders scored in double figures as Brittany Bertoia had a team-high 16 points while Turnage tallied 15. Shayna Mirabella contributed with 11 points.

“Early in the season, sometimes it gets to the point where the kids get a little bit down, Martin said. “You just have to keep reminding them, ‘You just got to keep getting better.’ This isn’t when we want to play our best basketball. We absolutely have a lot of talent. We lost a couple of close ones on the road. We went down to Clarksburg Notre Dame and got beat in overtime and went over to Shadyside and lost by three. We’ve been in every game.

This score doesn’t show. But that was a good basketball game. A lot of foul shots were made down the stretch. It happens.”

Josie Purprua also scored in double figures as she tallied 16 points for the Bishops.

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