Mount upends Spring-Ford

Mount St. Joseph's Alex Louin tries to hang onto the ball as Spring- Ford's Abby Beyer (right) reaches in. APRIL SAUL / Staff Photographer
Mount St. Joseph's Alex Louin tries to hang onto the ball as Spring- Ford's Abby Beyer (right) reaches in. APRIL SAUL / Staff Photographer
Posted: January 13, 2014

Isolation was key for the Mount St. Joseph basketball team Saturday.

Isolate the Spring-Ford guards outside the arc to force the Rams into less-than-ideal shots, all while smothering the bigs down low.

And the Magic had to isolate themselves mentally from what happened to them against the Rams last season.

The Magic wouldn't be able to isolate their Villanova signee, Alex Louin, on the offensive end - they knew that going in. Instead, Mount benefited from the Rams' double-teaming, often getting wide-open looks on the wing.

In a rematch of last year's District 1 Class AAAA title game, the Magic exacted revenge on the defending state champions, defeating Spring-Ford, 39-34, in the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic girls' showcase at Philadelphia University.

"We knew that if we really took it to them that we had a good chance of winning, and we really executed our stuff," Louin said. "We were pretty excited for the game."

A stifling 3-2 zone defense helped the Magic (12-1) hold the Rams (11-2) to 12 first-half points, limiting Spring-Ford, ranked first in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, to one-chance opportunities.

Carly Monzo, in particular, powered the fourth-ranked Magic on the defensive end. The senior forward used her 5-foot-11 frame to discourage Spring-Ford from penetrating the lane and badger Rams forwards on the block.

On offense, it was a three-pronged attack for the Mount. Libby Tacka and Mary Kate Ulasewicz drilled several huge shots late and hit free throws in the fourth quarter. Louin finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and a block.

"It's a statement game against the No. 1 team in the area," said Ulasewicz, who scored seven of her 10 points in the final period.

The Magic never trailed, and the game was tied only once, at 0-0.

"I think we all did a really good job of just pushing that to the side and moving forward," Tacka said of last season's two losses to Spring-Ford.

"It's a new season and you can't really look back because you can't change it."

Spring-Ford 6 6 9 13 – 34

Mount St. Joseph 9 10 5 15 – 39

SF: Sammy Stipa 13, Amy Roth 12, Maggie Locke 4, Abby Beyer 3, Shelby Mueller 2.

MSJ: Alex Louin 11, Mary Kate Ulasewicz 10, Libby Tacka 10, Carly Monzo 6, Caitlyn Cunningham 1, Colleen Steinmetz 1.


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