The St. Vincent-St. Mary girls basketball team went to the post Saturday afternoon at LeBron James Arena and the results were positive.
Freshmen Annie Watson and Lanae Riley joined seniors Maria Dobson and Sophia Williams to lead the Irish to a 62-59 win over Buchtel.
The win was the fourth in a row for St. V-M (6-5), coming off victories over Hathaway Brown, Magnificat and Twinsburg.
“We are really starting to share the ball a lot better,” St. V-M coach Carley Whitney said. “We are playing team basketball and using our post players, inside and outside. … We are trying to limit the amount of jump shots that we take and hammer the ball inside.”
Watson, who is 5-foot-10, finished with 17 points, four rebounds and four steals.
Javaan Rogers, a 5-8 junior, paced Buchtel (9-4) with 21 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Senior Imani Jackson (13 points, five assists); sophomore Kanai Chance (12 points) and freshman Leah Cheatham (nine points) were also active for the Griffins.
St. V-M bothered Buchtel with its post players — Watson (5-10), Riley (6-2), Dobson (5-8), Williams (6-0).
“Our height is definitely an advantage,” Watson said. “When they double-team you, you still have that opposite side open.”
Riley scored 14 points and Williams scored nine points. Both grabbed 10 rebounds.
“We won the game by sticking together and by sticking to what we have been practicing for weeks,” said Dobson, who had 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
“Our versatility is a strength. We have a lot of posts and we have a lot of guards that can play inside too.”
Senior guard Jada Haines contributed six points and five rebounds for the Irish, who led 12-9 after one quarter, 27-15 at halftime and 47-35 through three quarters.
Rogers had 19 points in the second half and helped Buchtel end the game with a 12-0 run.
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