Gloucester Catholic to get a big test

A showdown with Shabazz is next for Gloucester Catholic and coach Lisa Gedaka (right) on Sunday in the 19th annual Girls Shootout at Holy Spirit. CHARLES FOX / Staff
A showdown with Shabazz is next for Gloucester Catholic and coach Lisa Gedaka (right) on Sunday in the 19th annual Girls Shootout at Holy Spirit. CHARLES FOX / Staff
Posted: January 26, 2014

Last Saturday, in a loud, packed gym with emotions rivaling that of a state final, the Gloucester Catholic girls' basketball team went back and forth with crosstown rival Gloucester before pulling away for a win.

Wednesday night came another packed gym and another emotionally charged game - this time, a 48-46 loss to Camden Catholic.

In the eight games before facing Gloucester, the Rams had outscored opponents by an average of 39 points. But those eight combined were not nearly as telling or as beneficial for the Rams as the matchups with Gloucester and Camden Catholic.

It's a trend that will continue Sunday when the Rams, considered one of the state's up-and-coming powers, face as strong a test as New Jersey has to offer.

Gloucester Catholic (10-1) will play Shabazz (11-1), winner of the Tournament of Champions title last season, at 5:15 p.m. Sunday as part of the 19th annual Girls Shootout at Holy Spirit.

"It's going to be a tough one, but it's going to be a great test for us, too," Rams coach Lisa Gedaka said. "We're kind of polar opposites. Shabazz is really quick, really good inside. They can shoot the three.

"For us, we really have to play a good game. But we'll see. It's exciting."

Other big games involving area teams in the weekend event are two Saturday matchups: Cedar Creek vs. Trenton Central at 1:45 p.m. and Rancocas Valley, The Inquirer's No. 1-ranked team in South Jersey, vs. Gill St. Bernard's at 5:15.

Gloucester Catholic, despite an immensely talented and balanced lineup, enters Sunday's game as a heavy underdog against an imposing Shabazz team with virtually no weakness.

The Rams aren't expected to win, but that's OK with them.

"If we can compete, that would be amazing," Rams sophomore forward Mary Gedaka said. "Every game that we play is a game preparing for the playoffs. So I think it will be a good test for us."

Tournament Schedule

All games at Holy Spirit.

SATURDAY

Atlantic City vs. Central Regional, noon

Cedar Creek vs. Trenton Central, 1:45

Middle Township vs. Lenape, 3:30

Rancocas Valley vs. Gill St. Bernard's, 5:15

Washington Township vs. Ocean City, 7

SUNDAY

Mainland vs. Cherry Hill East, noon

Absegami vs. St. Joseph, 1:45

Wildwood Catholic vs. Willingboro, 3:30

Gloucester Catholic vs. Shabazz, 5:15

Holy Cross vs. Holy Spirit, 7


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