Louin lifts Mount

St. Basil's Holly Forst has her shot blocked by MountSt. Joseph's Alex Louin. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer
St. Basil's Holly Forst has her shot blocked by MountSt. Joseph's Alex Louin. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer
Posted: February 01, 2014

The game had just hit the five-minute mark of the third quarter when "Alex Louin!" chants rang out from the visiting spectators.

The pairing of Louin and fellow senior Carly Monzo proved to be an overwhelming force, as the duo scored 18 and 14 points, respectively, and helped Mount St. Joseph upend host St. Basil by a surprisingly easy score of 51-27.

In a game featuring the Catholic Academies' two top squads, the Magic clinched the top spot in the eight-team conference and will be the top seed in the Academies tournament for the seventh time in eight seasons.

"Before I talk to my team every single game no matter who we play, my team always feels that we're going to win," Magic coach John Miller said.

"We don't always win, but when we lose a basketball game, they're the most surprised people in the world. They play with a lot of confidence."

Of course, having two NCAA Division I recruits on the team - Louin (Villanova) and Monzo (Loyola of Maryland) - doesn't hurt, either.

The duo combined for 21 points in the first half and helped the Magic (18-1 overall, 12-1 league) establish a 29-14 advantage at the break.

"I shot the ball pretty well today," Louin said. "It's always good when your shots are going down like that."

The Panthers (16-3, 10-3) fared no better in the second half as Mount St. Joseph dominated with smooth transition play and a stifling defense that held all St. Basil scorers to single-digit point totals.

"We were very flat," Panthers coach Terry Mancini said. "I think what showed was the talent level of [Mount St. Joseph].

"We're a scrappy team, and they took away what we do well, which is to shoot the three-pointer. They played a great defensive game, and they didn't miss a shot. They played really well in our gym."

Both teams have games looming on Saturday, as Mount St. Joseph will visit St. Hubert and St. Basil will host Hallahan.

Mount St. Joseph 15 14 13 9 – 51

St. Basil 8 6 6 7 – 27

MSJ: Alex Louin 18, Carly Monzo 14, Colleen Steinmetz 3, Libby Tacka 6, Mary Kate Ulasewicz 10.

SB: Karen Lapkiewicz 2, Kate Skalski 3, Molly Greenberg 4, Kalee Fuegel 9, Kelly Mancini 4, Courtney Weiss 2, Lindsay Joyce 3.


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