Lady Flyers secure spot in playoffs with win
By TAYLOR MITCHELL - TMITCHELL@VICAD.COM
Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2013 at 8:12 p.m.
St. Joseph needed just one victory in the District 3-4A tournament to secure its spot in the post season.
On Tuesday night, the Lady Flyers locked up their spot in the TAPPS 4A state playoffs with a 55-49 win over San Antonio Holy Cross.
St. Joseph will travel to San Antonio on Thursday night to face San Antonio Christian at 6 p.m.. If the Lady Flyers win, they'll play for the district title on Saturday. A loss sends them to the third place game.
Christine Janak turned in a double-double performance with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kensey Marshall led St. Joseph in scoring with 14 points, along with six rebounds, and Chloe Shoemake had 13.
"Christine did a great job tonight," St. Joseph head coach Carrie Myers said. "She's done a great job coming up as a freshman and was big for us tonight. She knew what her job was tonight."
While the ending was exactly what St. Joseph wanted, the story to get there wasn't.
All season long, the third quarter has been a nemesis to St. Joseph and Tuesday night was no different.
After building a 29-26 lead after two minutes of play in the third quarter, Brianna Casillas made a pair of free throws and Joslyn Flores hit a 3-pointer to give Holy Cross its first lead of the game.
Then Marisa Hernandez went on a tear, scoring nine points in one minute to give Holy Cross a 40-32 lead.
"We just can't seem to have a good third quarter," Myers said. "It is something we're working on. We're just not focused coming out of halftime."
Myers made a defensive change after Hernandez put Holy Cross up by eight with 2:31 to play in the third.
"(Hernandez) is a good ball-handler, and that's why I put Paige (Terrell) on her," Myers explained. "After Paige got on her, it made a big difference."
Terrell held Hernandez scoreless the remainder of the game.
Shoemake made a pair of three-pointers to bring St. Joseph within five points, but it was Paige Terrell's three-pointer with four seconds left in the quarter that brought the Lady Flyers within one-point of Holy Cross headed into the fourth quarter.
"Paige hitting that three was a game-changer," Myers said. "It got us back in the game. Our confidence level just shot up."
The fourth quarter proved to be friendlier for St. Joseph than the third was with the Lady Flyers outscoring Holy Cross 15-8. Shoemake scored four her team's 15 points and Terrell added another 3-pointer to her total to secure the 55-49 victory.
"We played a lot better tonight," Myers said. "We made some silly mistakes that our defense helped save and that really helped in the end seal the game for us."
In the first half, St. Joseph took advantage of seven trips to the charity stripe to hold onto the 26-24 halftime lead.
The Lady Flyers made all but one of their 12 free throw attempts in the first half, including four-in-a-row to start the game.