Pund seals Gloucester Cath. win

The Rams' Maggie McIntyre shoots in heavy traffic in the fourth quarter.
The Rams' Maggie McIntyre shoots in heavy traffic in the fourth quarter.
Posted: March 01, 2014

Becky Pund might as well have been all alone in an empty gym.

She was relaxed, almost casual.

In her mind, there were no screaming fans. No pressure. The game wasn't on the line.

"Don't you ever," she was asked, "get nervous in these situations?"

"Not at the foul line," Pund said after draining eight consecutive free throws late in Gloucester Catholic's 44-36 victory over Shawnee on Thursday night.

"I really don't let the crowd affect me. I get to the line. I take my time. I go through my same routine. And I shoot it."

Thursday was senior night at Gloucester Catholic, and Pund, a senior guard, played the role to perfection, carrying her team, ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, past No. 3 Shawnee.

"This is our last game of the regular season," Pund said. "This game was important to us. We just needed to keep our composure."

Pund led all players with 19 points. Sophomore forward Mary Gedaka was her usual dominant self, netting 11 points and 10 rebounds. And a host of other players, including senior Emily Lyons (four points) and sophomore Maggie McIntyre (four points), were instrumental.

Lyons and McIntyre also hit two free throws each, making Gloucester Catholic (22-3) a perfect 12 for 12 from the line in the final period.

"This was a special win for us, it was senior night, and Shawnee is a very good team," Lyons said.

Gloucester Catholic built a comfortable lead through three quarters and entered the fourth ahead by 30-19.

It took Shawnee (20-4) 24 minutes to score its first 19 points, but just two minutes to rip off a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that pulled the team within three points.

The run came thanks to a relentless full-court defensive effort and clutch shooting, particularly by forward Nikola Williams, who scored 10 of her 15 points in the final quarter.

"We're not going to win basketball games scoring 13 points in a half," said Shawnee coach Christina McGovern, a 1999 Gloucester Catholic graduate. "But credit to Gloucester Catholic's defense. We settled down and played our game in the second half. But we have to play four quarters of basketball against a good team."

Directly on the heels of Shawnee's 10-0 run, Pund worked four trips to the foul line in a little less than a minute.

She hit each of her eight free throws, the final one making the score 40-31 with 55 seconds left.

"We knew Shawnee would make a run," Gloucester Catholic coach Lisa Gedaka said. "But we ended up handling the pressure.

"Becky was huge. If she misses just one or two of those, this is a much different game."

Shawnee 5 8 6 17 - 36

Gloucester Catholic 6 14 10 14 - 44

S: Olivia Askin 10, Nikola Williams 15, Karissa Mansure 2, Amanda Morello 7, Jenna Hoffner 2.

GC: Becky Pund 19, Mary Gedaka 11, Maggie McIntyre 4, Kennedi Thompson 4, Nicole Thomas 2, Emily Lyons 4.


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