With a mix of outside shooting, post play and defense, Archbishop Wood has once again become a top team in the area. Monday night, in a PCL Championship game rematch with Cardinal O'Hara, the Lady Vikings proved just how dangerous they can be and how fast they can put points on an opponent.
In a game that appeared over before it started, Wood cruised to a 66-40 win over O'Hara. It was a true team effort on both sides of the ball, as Wood showed its depth. Eleven different Lady Vikings scored and they also scored 20-plus points in two of the four quarters and dominated O'Hara on the glass.
A lot has changed since last February.
"We had nine girls who had to sit through that championship game last season,' Wood coach John Gallagher said. "That game was a low scoring affair, this game was not. We got to the rim, which opened things up for us.
Wood could have been focused on revenge, but the players are more level-headed and take things as they come.
"I don't think we were too focused on last year,' Laura Trisch said. "We were just focused on the fact that O'Hara is a really good PCL team. It's always a big game, so we take it really seriously.'
Outscoring an opponent 23-10 in the opening period is usually a sign of a forthcoming rout and this contest was no different. The Lady Vikings hit four triples by four different players, while Rachel Day (10 points), Trisch (10 points) and Bailey Greenburg had five points apiece in the opening frame. They also showed hustle on the defensive end, picking pockets and grabbing most rebounds.
"We have a lot of different players who do a lot of things well,' Day said. "We have good shooters and people who can get to the basket. I think it helps to have teammates like that.'
The guard play is what fueled Wood on this night. Day and Jess Kaminski, both seniors, ran the back court beautifully, passing in tight windows and acting as true floor generals. Both of them created many shot opportunities, which were more times than not turned into points.
"Jess is our point guard and I think she is one of the most underrated guards in the area,' Gallagher said. "She makes us go. She had some drives to the rim in the second half where she blew right by the O'Hara defenders. People have a tough time covering her.'
Wood's only poor shooting quarter came in the second, but O'Hara struggled throughout. While others got involved a bit in the second half, all 10 points in the first quarter were scored by Mia Farmer (15 points) and all five scored in the second were scored by Sam Amicone off the bench. It was a difficult half, to say the least, and it essentially buried the visitors.
"Wood was really good,' O'Hara coach Linus McGinty said. "It's always interesting when we play each other. If they were looking for revenge from last year, they got it. The biggest thing we need to do is hit more perimeter shots.'
The Lady Vikings put their PCL rivals away for good with a 20-point third quarter. The scoring was once again spread out, as six different Wood players scored in the frame. They scored from beyond the arc, going to the rim and from the charity stripe, which was the epitome of their diverse attack. Even though O'Hara had its best quarter with 12 points, a comeback was not in the cards.
"We take it one game at a time,' Gallagher said. "We have a lot of players that contribute. A lot of other teams have a drop off on their bench, but we don't. We have kids that care about each other and play for each other. It's one of the best attributes of this team.'
Cardinal O'Hara (40): Farmer 4 6-7 15; Amicone 5 2-2 14; Garafolo 1 2-3 4; Whelan 1 1-2 3; Feehneiy 1 0-0 2; Ninill 0 2-6 2; Stam 0 0-0 0; Sheehan 0 0-0 0; Manning 0 0-0 0; Guy 0 0-0 0; Heneghan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 13-20 40
Archbishop Wood (66): Day 4 0-0 10; Trisch 4 1-1 10; Greenburg 3 1-5 8; Brown 2 3-4 7; Kaminski 1 5-6 7; Comminskey 2 0-0 6; McFadden 2 0-2 5; Kiernowski 1 3-4 5; May 1 0-0 2; O'Leary 1 2-3 4; Edwards 1 0-0 2; Sebold 0 0-0 0; McGlinn 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 15-25 66
Three-point goals: Amicone (2), Farmer (2); Day (2), Greenburg, Trisch, McFadden, Comminskey (2)
Cardinal O'Hara 10 5 12 13—40
Archbishop Wood 23 9 20 14—66