Mount St. Joseph downs Upper Dublin to reach district final

Louin drives to the hoop for two of her 19 points. And on defense, she said, the Magic "executed our game plan."
Louin drives to the hoop for two of her 19 points. And on defense, she said, the Magic "executed our game plan."
Posted: February 28, 2013

Mount St. Joseph showed Wednesday night why it's considered one of the top teams in Pennsylvania girls' basketball.

Leading almost the entire game, the second-seeded Magic easily defeated No. 3 seed Upper Dublin, 48-36, in the first semifinal of a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA doubleheader at Norristown.

"We really took care of the ball, and we really spread it out well," Mount coach John Miller said. "We were patient and were able to work time off the clock, and our girls know how to play basketball with a lead."

The Magic jumped out to a 15-8 advantage in the first quarter behind three three-pointers from Libby Tacka, who scored all nine of her points in the first eight minutes.

Mount St. Joseph carried a 25-18 lead into halftime with a standout performance by Alex Louin (game-high 19 points).

"I think defensively we really executed our game plan," Louin said. "We took them out of what they were used to doing."

Upper Dublin went on an 8-1 run to start the third quarter behind senior guard Curtrena Goff, who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. The Magic stopped the Cardinals' momentum, however, and led by 35-30 entering the final eight minutes.

"We kept battling," Upper Dublin coach Morgan Funsten said. "But they're such a tough team to play catch-up against because of girls like Louin."

Mount St. Joseph went on a 10-0 run to start the final quarter.

The Magic will face Spring-Ford in the district final at 7 p.m. Friday at Villanova. In their lone matchup this season, the Rams defeated the Mount, 39-32.

"To beat a team like Spring-Ford, we need to play our 'A' game," Miller said.

Upper Dublin 8 10 12 6 – 36

Mount St. Joseph 15 10 10 13 – 48

UD: Curtrena Goff 14, Regan Gallagher 9, Lauren Rothfeld 5, Brianna Spector 4, Kayla McAneney 3, Taylor Linus 1.

MSJ: Alex Louin 19, Libby Tacka 9, Adrienne Cellucci 8, Meg Geatens 6, Carly Mozo 6.


Contact Austin Odenbrett at aodenbrett@philly.com.

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