Regina uses transition baskets to beat St. Viator
Arlington Heights - Didi Aburaad Viator and Maeve Degnan scramble for the loose ball. Regina girls basketball at St. Viator. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 24, 2013 12:18AM
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — It took the Panthers a little while to get their legs warmed up on Wednesday night. Once the Regina girls basketball team started running, it never looked back, leaving St. Viator behind in a 49-39 win.
The Lions jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as the Panthers repeatedly turned the ball over in the opening minutes, including three consecutive turnovers after they fell behind 4-0.
Regina turned the tide, however, forcing plenty of turnovers itself with an aggressive ball-hawking defense that shut St. Viator out for the remainder of the quarter.
The Panthers rode transition points to a lead they would never surrender.
Sophomore guard Maggie Palmer gave Regina the lead, 7-6, by sinking one of two from the charity stripe midway through the first quarter after she charged into the lane to grab an offensive rebound and drew the foul. Senior guard Erin Gavin pushed the Panthers’ lead to three following a Regina steal.
Regina would only be truly tested once more. Just like it came out slowly in the first half, Regina stumbled out of the locker room in the second half, letting a 22-17 halftime lead dwindle down to a single point, 22-21.
Soon after, Panthers coach Kerry Durham yelled at her senior center Caroline Adamczyk to “post up” and to “want it.” Durham’s words weren’t exactly heeded as Adamczyk drifted out to the perimeter, per usual, and swished a 3-pointer to reinforce the Panthers’ lead.
It was never close again as Regina went on a 20-8 run to seal the outcome.
“We’re trying to get some kind of inside presence,” said Durham, explaining her instructions to Adamczyk. “We’re running things so that we get something inside a little bit easier. Caroline likes the outside. She likes to float out to the outside. I’m just trying to get her to add a little more dimension to the game.”
Gavin was electric for the Panthers, scoring 12 points and notching several steals, but it was actually senior guard Lindsey Welch that led the way with 13 points.
Sophomore guard Erin Fabbri led the Lions with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Jan. 31 to read more about the Regina girls basketball team.
Regina 49, St. Viator 39
Maeve Degnan 4, Abby Wagner 10, Lindsey Welch 13, Caroline Adamczyk 5, Erin Gavin 12, Maggie Palmer 5, Audrey Jahns 0
Susie Moynihan 5, Didi Abudaard 0, Erin Fabbri 14, Justice Johnson 2, Maddie McAteer 2, Michelle Preslak 10, Jessica Hohlweg 3, Kelsey Trimble 0
Regina 11-11-14-13 — 49
St. Viator 6-11-11-11 — 39
3-Point goals — Regina 2 (Lindsey Welch, Caroline Adamczyk), St. Viator 2 (Erin Fabbri 2). Team Fouls — Regina 13, St. Viator 16. Technicals — None. Fouled Out — Susie Moynihan.