Rosecrans Rolls Past Bishop Donahue
WHEELING — The Bishop Rosecrans defense completely shutdown the Bishop Donahue offense in the first quarter as it rolled to a 74-31 victory in the opening game of the Undo’s Main Street Bank Holiday Tournament at Wheeling Jesuit on Tuesday.
Rosecrans (8-2) outscored Donahue (2-5) 24-0 in the first quarter en route to its blowout victory.
The Rosecrans defense forced eight turnovers in the opening quarter, while just committing one giveaway.
Riley Hagy exploded in the first with 12 points to provide a large part of the offense, while teammate Abby Hutchenson turned in eight to add to Hagy’s performance.
“I thought we did a good job of moving the ball,” Rosecrans coach Laura Hagy said. “We had some nice open shots but I think our defense led to our offense though. We worked on transitioning and I think we did a good job of that.
“We came out with a determination because we had some rough games where we just weren’t shooting well and we had a lot of games close together so we were rested (Tuesday) as well.”
Bishop Donahue did not score a point until the 7:28 mark of the second quarter and did not record a field goal until the clock read 3:34 left in the first half.
The Bishop Rosecrans defense forced 22 turnovers and its offense only managed 11 miscues.
“You can’t start the game with four straight turnovers,” Donahue coach Shawn Martin said. “It was 8-0 before we could even blink and when you start a game off like that, you are in trouble right off the bat.
“They shot the ball extremely well, too. They didn’t miss a lot of shots and Abby Hutchenson is hard to handle.”
The first four Bishop Donahue possessions ended in turnovers for points by Rosecrans as Carley Roberts, Hutchenson and Hagy all collected steals and quick layups on the other end to supply their team with a quick 8-0 advantage less than two minutes into the action and it did not get much better from there.
Hagy tossed a pass toward the bucket with four seconds left in the first and Hutchenson grabbed it for a quick lay-up to make the score 24-0 after one.
Josie Purpura finally got the Bishops on the board with a free throw to open the second quarter before Rosecrans went on another 10-0 run, sparked by six points from Lily Mclaughlin, making it a 34-1 advantage.
Bishop Donahue followed with six consecutive points and a 3-pointer from Josie Purpura for the first field goal of the game for her squad, which trailed 38-9 at the half.
The second half was much more competitive, despite Hagy netting 10 points in the third and an 11-0 Rosecrans run in the fourth quarter but Martin believes his team will be able to rebound quickly for its game tomorrow with Madonna.
“We’re going to play (tonight),” Martin said. “We have a couple of seniors on this team and they will try to lead us and we will play hard (tonight).”
Jewel Purpura paced the Bishops offense with 12 points, while Josie Purpura finished with 11 and Sarah Heller garnered five points.
As for Bishop Rosecrans, it will take on Wheeling Central, which defeated Madonna 62-16 in Tuesday’s nightcap, (tonight) for the Undos Main Street Bank Holiday Tournament Championship.
“I think this game can be a confidence booster,” Hagy said. “I feel like when our girls put their minds to it, they can get the job done.”
They got the job done on Tuesday as Riley Hagy led the way with 27 points, followed by Mclaughlin and Abby Hutchenson, who each gathered 12 points, while Tessa Littick scored all of her 10 points in the fourth quarter and Kailey Zemba added six in the victory.