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With the return of basketball, there was a premier game that showcased two of the best teams in Northern California. Archbishop Mitty hosted the St. Mary’s Rams to open the season, and the contest did not disappoint. After falling behind early, the Rams came back with a dominant fourth quarter to win this game, 73-63.
The game started with the Marauders coming out hot. Taking advantage of turnovers by the Rams, Mitty came out taking a 23-10 lead after just six minutes of action. With the 13-point deficit, St. Mary’s started to chip away at the Marauders lead. After the end of the first quarter, it got it down to nine points but gave up 25 points in the first quarter.
Heading into the second, it continued to battle. The game continued at its fast paced speed with buckets coming left and right. With the defense only giving up 18 points to Mitty in the second quarter, it was able to cut the lead to five. At halftime, the score was 43-38, and the Rams still had work to do, but they got it to a manageable score. With the 81 points scored in the first half, there were some great performers in the first half. For the Mitty side, there were two players leading the way, as Amelia Scharpf and Hunter Hernandez both had a big first half. Meanwhile, on the Rams side, there was Nia Anderson and Jordan Lee both with 11 points in the first half.
The second half was exciting all the way to the very end. With the Rams trying to complete a great comeback, both teams came out with a bunch of energy and high level basketball. For the most part, Mitty was the one who played the best in the third quarter, and it looked like it was going to have a commanding lead going into the final period, but a buzzer beater by Brooklyn Perry brought it back to a five-point game.
With the score at 61-56 heading to the fourth quarter, Mitty looked to close it out, but St. Mary’s had different plans. With its suffocating defense, it forced turnovers and bad shots for the whole eight minutes. A team that scored 61 points in the first 24 minutes would only muster 2 points in the final eight minutes. With the Rams only being down five and only giving up two points in the quarter, their offense didn’t need much, but that did not stop them from scoring 17 in the final quarter. Tai Sherman and Nia Anderson would lead the way in the second half and eventually would secure the victory with the final score being 73-63. From down 13 in the first quarter to winning by 10 at the end of the contest, it was a scrappy and impressive performance.
For Mitty, they will have to wait until April 29 to try to mend its loss on opening night, while the Rams will look to build off their comeback victory and continue rolling like they did in the final three quarters Wednesday afternoon.
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