Second-ranked Wood cruises

Posted: February 13, 2014

Bailey Greenberg knew what she was getting into when she transferred from Gwynedd Mercy to Archbishop Wood this past year.

Well, kind of.

The sophomore forward has a long family history at Wood, with two aunts, Kathy and Kelly, who played on the girls' basketball team.

Greenberg might not have known the offensive system the Vikings run or the kind of opponents she would face, but she knew Wood basketball was about winning championships. Needless to say, the first couple games were nerve-racking, especially when the squad traveled to Arizona early in the season.

Sixteen games and more than a month and a half later, that nervous Greenberg no longer graces the court for Wood. Only a poised player appeared for the Vikings Tuesday night as they defeated host Archbishop Carroll, 50-25, in a Catholic League game.

"I really do think I've gotten a lot better this year," Greenberg said. "Wood has taught me that the little things matter."

The little things for the Vikings (17-2 overall, 10-1 league), ranked second in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, start with stellar team defense, as Wood stifled Carroll's attack all game.

With a hounding press and tight man-to-man defense, Wood didn't let the Patriots (13-8, 9-3) get into a rhythm, allowing only seven first-half points.

While Carroll had trouble shooting from the field, the Vikings were hot from the start, as 10 players scored for Wood.

"We are a good defensive team, and knowing that we are able to shut them down defensively, I think, helps us run our offense better," Catey McFadden said.

The win gave Wood second place in the Catholic League, just in time for this weekend's playoffs.

"It is definitely a good step for us," McFadden said. "We are happy where we are. I mean, everyone wants to be first, but second is great and we are all ready.

"It just makes us want to be able to win even more knowing that we aren't No. 1 right now."

Archbishop Wood 17 9 17 7 – 50

Archbishop Carroll 0 7 7 11 – 25

AW: Catey McFadden 10, Bailey Greenberg 9, Jess Kaminski 7, Emily Kiersnowski 5, Laura Trisch 4, Lizzy O'Leary 4, Aubree Brown 4, Brit Keyes 3, Rachel Day 2, Julia Cummiskey 2.

AC: Lexi Stover 10, Julia Gantz 6, Cara Santoleri 4, Maddie Wallace 3, Ann McKnight 2.

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