Projected middle-of-the-pack Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls’ basketball teams knocking off No. 10 Holy Cross and No. 6 St. John’s in the past week served notice to No. 2 Good Counsel: Learn from other teams’ stumbles.
Those losses “make us a little more motivated,” Falcons senior guard Faith Randolph said.
That renewed focus showed Tuesday night in Good Counsel’s breezy 74-48 home win over No. 15 Paul VI Catholic, the only other team that was unbeaten in WCAC play but one that the Falcons have now topped 15 times in the past 16 meetings.
All five Good Counsel starters scored in double figures, including Virginia signee Randolph, who topped 1,000 career points with a drive to the hoop in the third quarter.
“The first thing I did when I heard Holy Cross lost to Carroll was tell our kids: ‘Anything can happen in this league,’ ” Good Counsel Coach Tom Splaine said. “As good as Holy Cross can be, as good as we can be at times, as good as St. John’s can be . . . the difference [among the top several teams] is not that great.”
Junior point guard Lindsey Spann and Randolph led Good Counsel (13-3, 6-0) with 16 points apiece. Randolph also had seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals. Spann had five assists. Junior forward Amanda Fioravanti and sophomore guard-forward Stacey Koutris each scored 15 points, which was a season-high for Koutris. Fioravanti had 17 rebounds. Sophomore guard-forward Sara Woods added 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the floor.
Paul VI (11-3, 4-1), playing without 6-foot-2 junior center Kasey Curtis, who broke her hand in practice Monday and is out for about six weeks, got outrebounded 48-28 and made only 16 of 58 field goal attempts.
“They’re as good as anybody in the league at running sets,” Splaine said. “I thought we did a good job early taking them out of what they were trying to do.”
“I didn’t think we played as hard as what we could for 32 minutes,” Paul VI Coach Scott Allen said. “When you’re playing against a team that has that talent level, you can’t take a possession off.”
Sophomore forward Ariana Freeman led the Panthers with 21 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Marlena Tremba, who also recently topped the 1,000-point career scoring mark, added 11 points.
Several college coaches were on hand, including representatives from Maryland, Wake Forest, James Madison, Old Dominion, Hofstra, Dayton, Stony Brook and others, with Spann and 6-foot-1 Fioravanti two of the main attractions.
Spann, overshadowed at times by the more established Falcons, is one of the underheralded WCAC standouts.
“In the beginning of the fourth quarter, we lost a little continuity when Lindsey was out,” Splaine said. “Lindsey has become so good over the years at learning how to run the offense, learning how to run the team. She should not be overlooked. She’s one of the best guards in the area, easy, if not the country.”