Cascia Hall stuffs Glenpool with press
BY LARRY LEWIS World Correspondent
Saturday, February 16, 2013
2/16/13 at 4:54 AM
A little full-court pressure was just the cure Cascia Hall needed against the determined Glenpool Warriors.
That pressure caused just enough havoc to be a difference maker in Cascia Hall's 71-60 victory over Glenpool Friday night in the boys Class 4A District playoff opening game at Cascia Hall.
"Our press was really good to us tonight, it slowed them down when they wanted go fast, and they really had a hard time handling the ball against it.," said Cascia Hall coach and former University of Tulsa standout Brian Rahilly.
"We were using the press to slow them down because they had gotten out to such a hot start, offensively."
Glenpool's Jordan Mason scored the first eight points of the game and stunned the Commandos early. But Cascia Hall rebounded from a 10-1 deficit to take the lead 14-13 after the first quarter, and 33-28 at halftime. Mason finished with a game-high 21 points.
"We knew what they were capable of," said Rahilly of Glenpool. "We felt offensively we didn't finish like we are capable of early in the game. "
But Cascia Hall (10-12) picked it up significantly the rest of the game, with three players - Saxon Bryant, Bryce Carter, and Patrick Kaltenbacher - scoring 16 points each, most of which came in the paint.
"We really felt like we won the war inside the paint," Rahilly said. "Offensively, I felt like we could exploit them there, and we were really good at that tonight."
Marquis Fowler scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for Glenpool as the Warriors stayed within striking distance for most of the game, but they could never get close enough.
"In a game like this it becomes a fight, and we just hung in there and won the fight," said Rahilly.
Cascia Hall 53, Glenpool 38 (girls): Liesl Spoerl caught fire in the third quarter to lead No. 9 Cascia Hall past Glenpool in the first round of the Class 4A District Tournament Friday night at Cascia Hall.
Spoerl, a University of Tulsa signee, scored the first six points of the third quarter to boost a 20-18 halftime lead to 26-18. She wound up with 10 points in the quarter and 14 for game to lead the Lady Commandos.
"I think it was just our kids settling down," said Cascia Hall coach Lindsay Rodgers. "At halftime we talked about playing our game."
It was the inside play of Spoerl and Jaime Rahilly that lifted Cascia Hall (18-6) to a 35-25 lead after three quarters. Rahilly, the daughter of Cascia Hall boys' coach Brian Rahilly, scored five of her 13 points in the quarter, as Spoerl and Rahilly combined for all 15 third quarter points for the Lady Commandos.
Cascia Hall got a scare when Spoerl went out of the game with a leg injury with 5:29 left and Cascia Hall leading 37-26. But Spoerl, who didn't return, just had a cramp in her left leg and should be OK, Rodgers said.
Leading the pressure defense for Glenpool was Asharel Adkins, who also added a game-high 20 points.
"It wasn't pretty, but we're happy with a win, especially in the playoffs," said Rodgers.
Cascia Hall 53, Glenpool 38 (GIRLS)
Glenpool: Asharel Adkins 20, Abernathy 6, Killer 5, Aleesha Adkins 2, Cummings 2, Coats 2, Lee 1.
Cascia Hall: Spoerl 14, Rahilly 13, Derr 8, Jordan 4, Weeldreyer4, Hart 4, McCann 4, Hills 2.
Cascia Hall 71, Glenpool 60 (BOYS)
Glenpool: Mason 21, Fowler 15, Alverson 7, Hunter 6, Brown 5, Seymore 4, McCormick 2.
Cascia Hall: Bryant 16, Carter 16, Kaltenbacher 16, Outlaw 9, Hedrick 6, Daugherty 5, McKee 3.