AUSTINTOWN, OH- The Ursuline Irish advanced to the district championship Monday night with a dominant win over their rival Cardinal Mooney 59-37.
The game started out pretty even, both teams were aggressive on both sides of the court, and both teams left a few points on the free throw line. But Ursuline’s three buckets from beyond the arc kept them ahead 13-6 after the first quarter was said and done.
The second quarter is when the Irish really separated themselves. The Irish outscored the Cardinals 21-4 in the second frame. They hit 3 more three-pointers bringing their total in the first half to 6. Mooney just couldn’t find an answer offensively. At halftime, the Irish held a dominating 34-10 lead.
Mooney stabilized in the 2nd half finding some offense down low in the post with Conchettta Rinaldi and actually outscored the Irish in the final two quarters. The deficit they faced was just too big. The Irish would cruise to a 59-37 win.
Leading the Cardinals offensively was Rinaldi with 14 points, and 5 rebounds.
The Irish were led by Dayshanette Harris with 26 points. Destiny Goodnight was also in double figures with 12. The Irish move on to play in the District Championship against Poland at 7:00 at Austintown Fitch High School.