Yesterday's rematch of last year's CHSAA final was a gritty, physical matchup filled with fouls and turnovers, but in the end St. Anthony's was able to grind out its second win of the year with a 63-43 victory over league rival St. John the Baptist in girls basketball.
"It was a tough game," St. Anthony's coach Ken Parham said. "I don't think it was our best game, but that's attributed to how hard [Baptist] played us. It's just our second game of the year; we have a long way to go and there's a lot of room for improvement."
Senior Rebecca Musgrove led the way with 19 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Junior Chastity Taylor put together her first double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Junior Charise Wilson added six points, nine rebounds and three assists.
It was a foul-ridden first half with 31 fouls committed. Musgrove's free throws with 1:28 left in the first quarter gave the Friars a 12-2 lead. She scored seven of her team's 12 points in the opening period.
Taylor and junior Kalifa Davy started dominating the post for St. Anthony's (2-0, 1-0), totaling 18 points in the second quarter. Taylor's shot off the glass after a nice spin move gave the Friars a 28-14 lead. Davy hit a lefthanded hook shot to beat the buzzer and give St. Anthony's a 32-17 lead going into the break.
The Friars switched to a zone defense in the second half to limit their fouls and force St. John the Baptist into some tough situations. The zone proved effective; the Cougars were held without a three-pointer for the whole game.
"We were getting beat and getting fouls called on us while we were in man-to-man," Musgrove said. "We switched into our zone defense and they couldn't get by us."
Musgrove's layup off an offensive rebound with a little over 3:30 left in the fourth gave St. Anthony's its largest lead of the game at 61-36.
Freshman Sydney Zambrotta led the Cougars (1-5, 0-2) with 13 points and senior Lauren Parra added 12.