Bishop LeBlond guard Chris Guldan shoots one of his made 3-pointers during Tuesday’s game against St. Joseph Christian.
Bishop LeBlond and St. Joseph Christian continued their rivalry in the first matchup of the season between two city schools in St. Joseph.
In Tuesday’s basketball contest, they treated it just like a rivalry. And the Golden Eagles flew away with the doubleheader.
The Eagles girls team won 48-27 at St. Joseph Christian School to win the first of two games Tuesday. LeBlond (1-4) jumped out to an early 18-4 lead that kept the Lions at bay throughout the night.
Christian guard Jacqi Carlson knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first quarter 18-7, but the Eagles continued to press to gain back momentum.
“They’ve been looking forward to this game,” LeBlond coach Jackie Fore said. “The knew in their mindset to come out with confidence, looking to score the ball. They’ve been prepping for this game for the last two weeks almost, in their head.”
A steal and layup from Carlson was followed by an Ella Freudenthal lay-in to cut into the Eagles lead to 25-13. But Eagles guard Reese Robertson knocked down a 3 to halt a quick comeback.
Guard Olivia Elliott then picked up a block and knocked down two free throws. Emily Welter’s jumper stretched the score to 29-13 at halftime.
The Eagles knocked down 12 of 17 freebies on the night, part of the reason they took home their first win of the season.
“You can tell the girls were having fun, because they were sharing the ball, looking to score with confidence,” Fore said. “They know a lot of people from St. Joseph Christian, St. Joseph Christian knows a lot of people from LeBlond, so they kind of know that this is a good game to develop their skills, and also to work on things on offense and defense to get that win.”
LeBlond’s Juliann Smith had a game-high 17 points. Elliott dropped in 12.
For the Lions (1-3), Carlson played all 32 minutes with a team-high 13 points, including two triples.
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The future of city basketball was on display for both the Eagles and the Lions.
LeBlond knocked down 10 3s in Tuesday’s win, and more than half came from freshmen. Four outside baskets came from Chris Guldan while Marcus Dominguez knocked down another pair.
The Eagles (2-3) came out in the first quarter and took a large lead thanks to their 3-point shooting.
Jaren Guck hit 2 3s that were matched by Guldan to lead the Eagles to a 23- 8 lead after the frame.
The Lions (2-3) stayed in the game thanks to their own young athlete, sophomore Quincy James.
The sharpshooter knocked down three of his own outside shots on his way to a team-high 15 points. The most important came in the second quarter.
Behind 25-10, James hit back-to-back 3-pointers in a span of 30 seconds to bring the Lions within single digits.
But it wasn’t enough.
Guldan had 16 points while Guck and Dominguez added 10.