In the hours leading up to Saturday night’s game against Lansdale Catholic (Pa.), Georgetown Visitation guard Sarah Tierney was holed up in her school’s library preparing for a grueling week of six exams. So were her teammates — three of them even had ACT’s that day.
“We were all extremely stressed and worried about it. This is the first time we’ve had exams before Christmas break,” Tierney said.
Basketball has become an afterthought for the Cubs (5-0) over the last 10 days, yet the senior-laden team has continued to win. Although weary eyed, Tierney led No. 18 Georgetown Visitation with 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 43-27 win over Lansdale Catholic in the Tina Thompson She Got Game Classic – a win that was defined more by the Cubs’ tenacious defense. Visitation held Lansdale to just nine first-half points.
“We’ve struggled a little bit offensively the last couple games. . . I think the hallmark of
Visitation’s offense has cooled off in the past two weeks – the team averaged 76.6 points in its first three wins – and the drop-off has been a byproduct of the focus on academics, according to McCarthy.
Meantime the Cubs’ defense, keyed by a newly established man-to-man scheme that fits the team’s personnel, has been terrific. Despite practicing just once this week, the Cubs shut down a talented Madison team Friday, holding the Warhawks to just 18 points in the first three quarters en route to a 46-32 win. Visitation also received a revelation on offense in the form of 16 points and 14 rebounds from freshman Maeve Carroll.
As the season progresses, offensive production shouldn’t be a problem, according to Tierney. The four-year varsity player and senior captain has averaged 12 points per game this season – and sophomore guard Alexis Gray (17.2) is one of the area’s best three-point shooters this season, already hitting 13 treys in five games. Carroll is averaging 11 points per game, and senior Ana Hagerup is adding 11.2, including a 12-point, six-rebound effort in the win over Madison.
With long study sessions behind the team after the holidays, Tierney expects the offense to mesh again and hit midseason stride. The calling card of the Cubs will continue to be defense, though.
“I think it just shows everyone’s effort and heart and drive to win the game [against Lansdale and Madison],” Tierney said, “because that’s what defense really shows.”