Mia Washington got a pleasant surprise Tuesday night.
Her Lady Cavaliers, behind a game-high 13 points from Dana Rose, defeated Stratford 52-32. The Lady Cavaliers broke the game open with a 20-8 lead after the first quarter.
“I thought it was probably our best game so far,” said Washington, whose team improved to 9-4. “We just came out confident and never really had a letdown. We expect Dana to come in and give us a spark, and that’s exactly what she did. We know what Stratford is capable of, and we kept expecting them to put something together. But it was just one of the nights where the shots were falling for us. It was a great way to start our region schedule.”
Mount de Sales jumped out to an 11-4 lead behind four points from Courtney Gilbert and then got a huge boost from Rose when she entered the game. She ended the quarter by scoring the final nine points of the quarter for the Lady Cavaliers as they pushed the lead to 12 points. She also scored the final two points of the half to push the lead back to 10 at 28-18.
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Mount de Sales’ lead reached 25 early in the fourth quarter when Gilbert scored to make it 46-21. Stratford was able to finally get some offense from Lane Bowden, who scored all of her team-high nine points in the final four minutes of the game.
Madi Harrington had six points to go with five rebounds for Mount de Sales.
“I really can’t even remember if we have beat Stratford since I have been here,” said Harrington, who is a senior. “We had some great practices over Christmas, and I felt like we were a very confident team. We know we are in a tough region and needed to start it off with a win.
Gilbert added eight points for Mount de Sales, while Julie Anne Bradley had five for Stratford. The Eaglettes drop to 8-3.
Ed Smith’s Stratford team will have to play the rest of the year without star player Morgan Long, who tore an ACL a few weeks ago.
“They just had a great game, and we couldn’t hit and shots,” Smith said. “If we are going to sit here and worry about what we don’t have, then we will have a long year. I fully expect us to overcome our loss and be a good basketball team some time this year.”
The Cavaliers boys team completed the sweep in the second game with a 62-56 win. Mount de Sales overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to get the victory
Stewart Rich had 24 points for the Cavaliers, including 18 in the second half. Christian Dickey added 11 points, all in the second half. Quintez Cephus had 23 for Stratford.
Mount de Sales improves to 6-4 while Stratford dropped to 2-8.