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2011-01-19 / Sports

Pawlak leads Sacred Heart over Nichols

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter


Sacred Heart’s Sarah Pawlak puts up a shot over Njideka Noble of Nichols School last Wednesday at Villa Maria College. Pawlak scored a game-high 20 points in the Sharks’ 60-52 victory. 
Photo by Scott SchildPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Sacred Heart’s Sarah Pawlak puts up a shot over Njideka Noble of Nichols School last Wednesday at Villa Maria College. Pawlak scored a game-high 20 points in the Sharks’ 60-52 victory. Photo by Scott SchildPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Sarah Pawlak couldn’t wait to play Nichols and her performance showed it.

The Sacred Heart Academy senior scored the last six points for her team — including 4 of 6 from the free throw line — in the Sharks’ 60-52 home win last Wednesday over Nichols at Villa Maria Athletic Center. She finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds, eight steals, and four assists.

“We practiced hard all week and we knew it was a big game in the season,” said Pawlak. “We knew we had to come out and play really strong and this is what we worked for.”

“This was her game,” said Sacred Heart coach Sister Maria Pares. “She wanted it all week. She gets everyone going.”

Katie Healy, despite sitting out most of the second quarter because of foul trouble, still had 12 points, 13 rebounds, five steals and two assists.

The Sharks fell behind 32-26 at halftime but played outstanding defense in the third quarter to outscore Nichols, 16-4, and go ahead, 42-36. Nichols went scoreless with 5:10 left in the third quarter to 5:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“They were trying to think too much in the first quarter, and the second quarter too,” said Pares. “I always tell them great defense wins games and it did. Defensively, we played harder.”

“We knew the second half was going to be our half,” said Pawlak. “We came out really strong, pressured the ball, and we had help-side if we needed it.”

Christina Healy had nine points, 13 rebounds and two assists. Kayla Burt added nine points, including 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Bridget Andrews hit two three-pointers for six points to go along with two rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Taylor Rooks led Nichols with 16 points.

The Sharks opened and closed the week with blowout victories over Mount Mercy, 80-18, on Monday, Jan. 10, and Mount St. Mary, 77-27, on Friday.

The Sharks dominated both games, jumping out first quarter leads of 24-7 on Mercy and 22-5 against Mount St. Mary.

Pawlak led 11 Shark scorers against Mount St. Mary with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal. Katie Healy added 13 points and four steals and Jessica Prater had 11 points.

Pawlak led the Sharks against Mount Mercy with 22 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Krissy Russo added 13 points and two steals.

La’Trice Hall chipped in nine points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Burt (eight points), Caitlyn Colucci (seven points), Andrews (seven points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals) and Katie Healy (six points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals) also contributed to the victory.

“The nice part about it was we got some of the younger kids on the floor with some of the veterans,” said Pares. “Everybody played good defense.”

Pares lauded the play of

Burt.

“She’s really coming into her own,” said Pares. “She’s starting to play the point well.”

Sacred Heart (11-1, 6-0) played St. Mary’s of Lancaster on Tuesday but the result was unavailable before The Bee went to press. They play Buffalo Seminary at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at a location yet-to-be determined. e-mail: pnagy@beenews.com

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