The last time Elizabeth Seton faced Bishop McNamara was last Friday in a thrilling game in which Seton overcame a 17 point deficit to beat the Mustangs in overtime.
Last night’s playoff game, Seton and McNamara went at once again in another exciting down to the wire game. In front of a sold out crowd, Seton prevailed once more to beat the Mustangs 41-40 thanks to game-winning free throws by Seton’s senior Raven Fox.
There wasn’t a lot of offense early in the game especially in the first quarter where Seton only put up 8 points and McNamara on the other hand put up 11.
Going into the second half, the game was very close as Seton trailed McNamara 20-18. The Roadrunners had a strong third quarter by outscoring the Mustangs 13-8 and ended the quarter on with a three point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Seton started the fourth quarter strong by taking a 35-28 lead and playing tough defense. But their lead didn’t last long. McNamara went on a huge run and came back to take a 40-39 lead with a two minutes left in the game.
Heading into the last minute of the game, the score was still the same. Seton tried to change the score but McNamara’s defense shut them down especially junior Morgan Smith. Smith blocked a couple of Seton’s shot attempts that could have given them the lead.
In the final seconds of the game, Seton had the basketball. At one moment it looked like McNamara may escape this game with a win until Seton’s Raven Fox was fouled and sent to the line to shoot two free throws with five seconds left in the game.
With the McNamara students making noise that covered whole gym and a huge amount of pressure of her, Fox was able to make both free throws to give her team a 41-40.
When the clock hit zero, the students of Elizabeth Seton stormed the court in rejoice while the students and fans of McNamara left the gym shocked about what they have witnessed.
Seton was led by seniors Raven Fox and Natalie Bodenschatz. Fox finished the game with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Bodenschatz on the other hand recorded a double double as she scored 11 points and collected 12 rebounds. Even though those two played a good game, it was a team effort by the Roadrunners.
McNamara’s Myka Johnson-Matthews lead all scorers with 14 points. Morgan Smith was second on the Mustangs team in scoring with 9 points in addition to the strong defense she displayed during the game.
Just like the last game against McNamara, Seton played with a lot of heart and didn’t give up. The Roadrunners showed that a record doesn’t define who wins the game. It is defined by a team’s heart and their will to win.
McNamara lost to Seton again in dramatic fashion. Despite losing two straight, McNamara played very tough basketball. Their season is now over but they should still keep their heads held high as they finished the season as one of the top girls’ basketball teams in the area.
The last two Seton versus McNamara games has been very enjoyable games to watch. Both teams played competitive basketball from beginning to end. The crowd at both games was amazing. The students and fans that came out to both games made the game even more exciting especially in last night’s game. At halftime the students of McNamara and Seton went at it to see who had a better student section. In the end it was Seton that had the last laugh.
With last night win in the books, Seton will move on to the semifinals to play a Good Counsel team that has beaten them by double digits twice this season. Good Counsel is going into the game as favorites to win but the way Seton has been playing anything could happen.
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