MOUNT CARMEL 42, DOMINICAN 38
at Dominican, Thursday (Jan. 9), Catholic League (District 9-5A)
Records: Mt. Carmel, 16-4 (1-0); Dominican, 15-6 (0-1)
HOW THE GAME WAS WON: 3 KEY MOMENTS
- The Dominican-Mt. Carmel rivalry is typically an all-out battle no matter the sport, and such was the case Thursday night as the two teams found themselves tied at 36 with 2:46 to go in the fourth quarter.
Mt. Carmel junior Taylor Wilkins broke the tie with a midrange jumper with just under two minutes to go, but Dominican junior Emily Adams soon tied the game at 38 with a coast-to-coast layup at the 1:17 mark. After getting a stop, Dominican had a chance to take the lead but missed a short jumper.
Mt. Carmel’s Addison Prince was fouled on the ensuing possession with 7.9 seconds left, and she calmly swished both free throws for a 40-38 lead. Wilkins tacked on two more free throws with under a second left after another defensive stop by the Cubs to seal the victory.
- Mt. Carmel was able to put together a bit of a run in the third quarter holding Dominican to six points. The Cubs led 28-24 with 3:40 left in the third after a pair of free throws by Taylor Wilkins, and were up 32-27 at the end of the quarter after a layup by Amelia Troutman with two seconds to go in the period.
- It was a close contest all game as Dominican’s 14-9 advantage was the largest lead for either team over the last three quarters. The two teams were tied at 7-7 at the end of the opening period and a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by sophomore Allison Tullier gave Dominican a slight, 21-20 lead going into halftime.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Taylor Wilkins, Mt. Carmel
Whenever Mt. Carmel needed a bucket Thursday night against Dominican, Wilkins was there to provide it. After a scoreless first quarter, the 5-foot-10 junior guard finished with a game-high 17 points including eight in a tight fourth quarter. Wilkins put in a layup to tie the score at 36, then had the go-ahead bucket for MCA with a step-back midrange jumper off a steal with 1:59 left, and also knocked down two free throws scoring six of the Cubs’ last eight points.
- Thursday was the Catholic League opener for both teams, which will meet again January 27 at Mt. Carmel. John Curtis and Chapelle also faced off Thursday night in the other half of the District 9-5A.
- Mt. Carmel and Dominican were Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, in the most recent LHSAA Division I power rankings released on Tuesday. John Curtis was No. 1 while Chapelle checked in at No. 5.
Mt. Carmel coach Jamie Thomatis:
Dominican coach Ryan Reuter: “I thought it was one of our best games of the year, we played really hard. Mt. Carmel’s good and they’re scrappy and they’re going to get their steals and their turnovers but we were trying to limit that. I thought we moved the ball pretty well offensively and it could have gone either way at the end. They just made a few more plays than we did.
(John Curtis) still has to be the favorite (in the Catholic League), but it doesn’t matter what our records are — anybody can beat anybody and that’s the way it is. That’s what makes it fun and we enjoy being in close games like this.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Mt. Carmel | 7 | 13 (20) | 12 (32) | 10 – 42
Dominican | 7 | 14 (21) | 6 (27) | 11 – 38
Mt. Carmel: Taylor Wilkins, 17; Addison Prince, 7; Miranda Strassel, 7; Amelia Troutman, 6; Rebecca Quick, 3; Taylor Haggard, 2.
Dominican: Vivian Liu, 11; Anaya Yunusah, 7; Emily Adams, 6; Sophia Martin, 6; Sydney Sherman, 5; Allison Tullier, 3.
Up Next: Mt. Carmel and Dominican both continue district play on Monday. The Cubs will travel to Chapelle at 6 p.m. while Dominican host John Curtis at 5:30 p.m.