Ber’Nyah Ward-Mayo had an impressive game-high 25 points but Ursuline’s Maggie Connolly spread the wealth and the Raiders walk away with a 59-46 victory.
The A.I. duPont transfer (Ward-Mayo) put up 10 in the first period alone as the Vikings looked to put the hammer down early.
That’s when Ursuline head coach John Noonan said, “If you’re open shoot it. Worst thing that’ll happen is a rebound.”
By the end of the half 2017 Gatorade player of the year, Maggie Connolly, had managed 10 points of her own but more importantly; the Raiders had battled back from a six point deficit to a two point lead.
Up by two, Ursuline went heavy on threes to start and found themselves with a comfortable 12 point lead before the Vikings could respond.
Through the fourth, Ward-Mayo would drive again and again but the damage had been done.
Ursuline scores the big Catholic Conference victory and Maggie Connolly may have lead in scoring, but said some major factors are some younger talent.
“Emily Rzucidlo and Taelynn Brooks really stepped up,” said Connolly. “They’ve been killing it in JV and we’ve been waiting for them to bring it up to the varsity level. They hit their shots and then Emily’s defense turned into offense, it was great.”
Ursuline pulls up to within one game of .500 and will host St. Mark’s on February 9th with the state tournament looming.
St. Elizabeth drops to 13-3 and gets a break hosting Archmere a few days later on the 13th.