Father Ryan Lady Irish Defeat St. Cecilia Academy in Convincing Fashion
By Gary Hargis MTN Sports Reporter
The Father Ryan Lady Irish started Friday night’s game against St. Cecilia on a 10-0 run and never looked back in a 50-31 win.
The Lady Irish allowed only two field goals in the first half because of the aggressive zone defense they played. The Scarabs were able to make seven free throws as well, but Father Ryan carried a 24-12 lead into the half.
“Coach Larkin said to protect the post if nothing else because most of their points come from inside,” said Father Ryan point guard Mary Mackie. “We formed an arch around the paint and did exactly what coach told us to do, and fortunately St. Cecilia was missing their shots tonight.”
Mackie led the way for the Lady Irish tonight, tallying 21 points and six rebounds. She also made six three-pointers throughout the game, more than anyone else on the court combined.
“I’m always looking for my shot, even when I do not have the ball,” said Mackie. “I always have my feet set and look for my shot first, but I also have to be ready to pass if needed because a lot of teams put their best defender on me.”
The Lady Irish picked up a key divisional win tonight to push them into third in the conference standings, just behind Brentwood Academy. Father Ryan has a lot of work to do, however as they trail Brentwood Academy by four games.
“This game helps us build a lot of confidence moving forward,” said Mackie. “We have been in a bit of a slump recently but this helps us realize we can beat anyone in the district if we play as a team.”
Father Ryan heads to Tullahoma High School for a matchup Saturday night. St. Cecilia travels to Pope John Paul II High School on Tuesday evening.