Last year, the St. Patrick girls’ basketball team lost to Ironton St. Joseph Central, 54-23, to tip off the St. Patrick Catholic Classic.

At one point, the Lady Saints were forced to play with only four girls on the floor because one of their players suffered an injury and they had no substitutes.

On Friday, about one year later, the Lady Saints had a full bench and were able to put together a complete game to come away with a 39-26 victory over the Lady Flyers.

“I tell you what, I think we’ve come a long way. We’re definitely not at the end game, especially when you think about the ages of our kids, but we played an Ohio team tonight and the one thing you know is they have no middle school kids playing,” said St. Patrick coach Andy Arn. “We’ve got middle school kids playing significant minutes.”

St. Patrick took a 2-0 lead on a jump shot from Libby Gallenstein and never looked back. The Lady Saints had four different scorers in the opening frame, which they led at the end of, 8-6. Ashley Bartram scored all six points for St. Joseph Central.

The Lady Saints were able to create a little separation in the second quarter, which they started on a 7-0 run capped off by a putback from Kelsey Tesmer.

The Lady Flyers battled back from a seven point deficit in the third quarter to make it 25-21 after a 3-pointer and a layup from Emma Whaley, but a 3-pointer from seventh grader Mackenna Roush made it 28-21 at the end of the quarter.

“Mackenna Roush came in and hit a huge three tonight. She’s starting to figure out that she’s gone from playing all the time to getting her spots. We’ve talked about being ready, and she came in there and knocked that three down,” said Arn. “I thought that was a key, crucial time in the game.”

St. Patrick was able to close out the win with their defense, using a 10-1 run to put the game away and eventually win, 39-26.

The Lady Flyers were led by Bartram, who finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and the St. Joseph Central game MVP award. Emma Whaley finished with 10 points, while Lauren Bush had four and Grace Miller had two. The team will return to action on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Libby Gallenstein was named St. Patrick’s MVP, collecting a game-high 12 points while also coming down with six boards. Justina Klee and Allison Hughes each had seven points, while Tesmer finished with six.

The Lady Saints improve to 2-1 with the win. They’ll take on Bethlehem in their second game of the Catholic Classic on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

FLYERS 58, SAINTS 57 OT

The 111 game winning streak from the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak. The New England Patriots’ 2007 season that saw 18 straight wins leading into the Super Bowl.

All of these runs eventual came to an end.

The St. Patrick boys’ basketball team’s run in the St. Patrick Catholic Classic is no different.

After three straight seasons of undefeated play in the downtown Maysville tournament, the Saints lost to Ironton St. Joseph Central in overtime on Friday, 58-57, after a Joey McDavid 3-pointer before the buzzer sent the two teams to an extra period.

“We missed some free throws, some clutch ones down at the end, but this one falls on the coaching staff. That last three at the end of the game, regulation, we could have fouled them and put them on the line for a bonus and we didn’t,” said St. Patrick coach Aaron Rigdon. “My kids fought hard, which was my biggest concern, especially after Tuesday night. Free throws, we’ll have to work on them, but they fought hard. I’m proud of them. I truly am.”

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The Saints, who were coming off an 80-31 loss to Mason County, took a 28-14 lead into halftime with the help of seven 3-pointers in the first two quarters, but cooled off in the third quarter as the Flyers got warm and outscored St. Patrick, 19-6.

Despite the scoring trouble, the Saints held onto a 34-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter and never trailed, but two free throws from St. Joseph Central’s Clay Willis made it a three-point game with under a minute to play.

St. Patrick had a chance to put the game out of reach at the line, but were unable to convert. Instead, Willis grabbed the rebound from a Jake Swolsky missed free throw and dribbled down the court. Willis passed the ball to Isaac Whaley, who kept it going to Jimmy Mahlmeister for the tying 3-point attempt.

The shot didn’t fall, but Whaley grabbed the rebound and found McDavid, who had 14 points in the second half at that point. McDavid’s shot went over the outstretched hand of Bevin Jones and fell through to tie the game at the buzzer.

The Saints got an early 54-52 lead in overtime when Swolsky made two free throws, but the Flyers got it back on a layup from Mahlmeister. A Patrick McKay free throw gave St. Patrick a one-point lead, but McDavid made a shot to put St. Joseph Central back on top, 56-55. Baylen Bauer went to the line for two shots, making both and giving the Saints back the lead, but Whaley also got his shot and hit two from the charity stripe to put the Flyers up, 58-57.

St. Patrick got the ball back and had 5.6 seconds to score out of a timeout. Bauer drove to the basket, but was swarmed by St. Joseph Central defenders and was unable to put in the game-winner.

“Tonight they battled, they hit the boards – I can’t tell you how proud I am. We really worked on accountability this week in practice and they went out there and they laid it all on the floor,” said Rigdon. “They’re hurting right now, but that’s not their fault. This is the coaching staff’s fault. This ones on us.”

McDavid was the Flyers’ MVP and finished with 19 points, all of which came in the second half. Willis finished with 14, while Whaley and Chase Watters had seven each. St. Joseph Central will go for the Catholic Classic sweep when they take on Villa Madonna at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Saints were led by McKay’s 17 points. Swolsky, who was named the team’s MVP, finishing with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Jones had nine points and Bauer had six. St. Patrick falls to 0-2 on the season and will take on Villa Madonna at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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