ST. LOUIS-ST. JOSEPH’S 62, OLNEY (MD.)-GOOD COUNSEL 52
GOOD COUNSEL (62)
Hood 3 0-0 9, Ballenger 0 0-0 0, Spann 2 0-0 5, Launi 0 0-0 0, Randolph 5 1-1 12, Tullis 1 0-0 3, Abshire 4 1-1 9, Fioravanti 4 4-7 12, Woods 1 2-3 4, Lewis 3 1-1 8. Totals 23 9-13 62.
ST. JOSEPH’S (52)
Mo. Stock 2 0-0 4, Ruppe 1 0-0 2, Calcaterra 0 0-0 0, Ma. Stock 3 0-0 9, Stipanovich 10 3-3 23, Nelson 4 4-6 12, Strimlinger 0 2-2 2. Totals: 20 9-11 52.
Three-pointers: GC — Hood 3, Lewis, Randolph, Spann, Tullis, SJ — Ma. Stock 3. Team fouls: GC 11, SJ 12. Fouled out: None.
MVP: Faith Randolph, Good Counsel
Amanda Fioravanti, Good Counsel
Sydney Lewis, Good Counsel
Maddie Stock, St. Joseph’s
Sydney Stipanovich, St. Joseph’s
Caroline Coyer, Oakton
Zora Stephenson, Oakton
Alexa Gallagher, Germantown
Stephanie Keyes, Archbishop Wood
Juliann Miller, Mercy Academy
Trimaine McCullough, Edgewater
Mechael Guess, DuPont Manual
Michelle Woods, Community School
NAPLES — Looking at the box scores from Olney (Md.)-Good Counsel’s games this season, it might be hard to tell who the offensive standout is. Junior Faith Randolph might be the most recruited Falcons player, but any member of the team can have a big game at any time.
All of Good Counsel’s weapons were on display Saturday during the championship game of the Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout at Barron Collier High School. The Falcons got contributions from nearly every player in a 62-52 victory, winning the tournament’s 12th title.
Randolph scored 12 points and was named the tournament MVP, but other players had their moments. Amanda Fioravanti also had 12, Sydney Lewis grabbed 12 rebounds and both made the all-tournament team.
Biana Hood knocked down three 3-pointers in the second quarter as Good Counsel took a double-digit lead, and Gillian Abshire was solid on defense all game long.
“We pick each other up,” Randolph said. “We you have that type of squad, people come together. Everybody has their moments.”
The Falcons denied St. Joseph’s the chance to become just the second two-time Holiday Shootout champion and the first to do it in back-to-back years. The Angels, who trailed by 11 in the third quarter, didn’t go down without a fight.
Maddie Stock’s 3-pointer in the opening minute of the fourth pulled St. Joseph’s within 50-48. It was the only field goal the Angels had in the period, however, as Good Counsel closed the game on a 12-4 run.
“We’d come within inches, then couldn’t score,” St. Joseph’s coach Julie Goessling Matheny said. “You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Good Counsel. They did a great job defending and getting on the boards.”
The Falcons outrebounded St. Joseph’s 39-30 and had 15 offensive boards.
St. Joseph’s got within five points on multiple occasions, but couldn’t stop the Falcons when it came down to it. When the Angels stopped one, another Good Counsel player would step up.
The Falcons used big runs to start the first three quarters to seize a lead. They went up 14-6 early before St. Joseph’s tied the game at 14-all to start the second quarter.
Good Counsel fired off eight straight points in the first minute of the second to take the lead for good. The Falcons scored 10 quick points at the start of the second half to push their advantage to double digits.
“We did a great job fighting through one possession at a time,” Falcons coach Tom Splaine said. “We really tried to focus on making sure we weren’t getting too far ahead of ourselves and worrying about what happened on the previous possession.”
Sydney Stipanovich, St. Joseph’s 6-foot-3 sophomore, was dominant in the post early. She finished with a game-high 23 points, but 15 of them came in the first quarter. Stipanovich had just two points in the fourth quarter, and those came at the free throw line. She also had 10 rebounds and five blocks.
Erin Nelson had 12 points for the Angels. Maddie Stock and Stipanovich made the all-tournament team for St. Joseph’s.
Good Counsel won the Shootout title in their second appearance. The Falcons finished sixth in their first trip to Naples in 2006.
“We love to come down here and play quality opponents,” Splaine said. “It’s a well-run tournament. Barron Collier and the whole city of Naples do a great job with it.”