Girls Basketball: Turnovers and shooting woes lead to Convent’s loss to Branson

Convent's India Pearce drives toward the basket against Branson on Tuesday at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. (Photo by Doug Ko)

By Ernest Stone

With Convent of the Sacred Heart High School and visiting Branson of Ross combining for 42 turnovers on Tuesday night, it was safe to say that neither team played to its full potential.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the only statistic where the two teams differed was in field goal percentage, where a 7-of-50 shooting performance from Convent enabled the Bulls to earn a 41-28 road win.

Convent's Izzy Borges eyes a Branson ball carrier on Tuesday at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. (Photo by Doug Ko)

“Right now, this team has little margin for error,” said Convent head coach Phil Galvin. “So when you put up the numbers that we did, it’s pretty hard to beat any good teams.”

For the Cubs (1-4), the hardest task proved to be overcoming the 10-point deficit that the Bulls mostly maintained following a 14-4 first quarter.

“We got some big shots when we needed them,” said Bulls head coach Scott Davis. “Our shooting guard Hannah Caine knocked down some early threes and all of the sudden we were looking at a big lead.”

Due to Convent’s stuggles on offense, the Bulls (2-2) maintained the 10-point margin heading into halftime, despite scoring just five points of their own in the second quarter.

It was at that point in which Branson senior Lia Coito put the game out of reach, with seven of her game-high 15 points coming in the third quarter to bring the score to 28-15 heading into the final period of play.

“We actually played solid defensive,” said Convent sophomore Izzy Borges, who finished with five points. “But some of our better shooters couldn’t get going today and that was the end of that story.”

After late free throws iced the game for Branson, Convent, who saw senior India Pierce Pearce and Borges combine for 40 points alone on Saturday, finished its night with 28 points and 24 turnovers.

Branson’s stellar defensive effort was enough to overshadow its own struggles on Tuesday, but the Bulls will look to improve before facing Galileo at home on Thursday.

As for Convent, who has lived and died by its jump shooting this season, powerhouse St. Joseph Notre Dame is the next order of business.

“If you look at preseason schedules, we may have the toughest of anyone,” Galvin said. “But I know that means once we roll back around to league season our team will be that much better.”

Scoring Leaders

Lia Coito – 15
Hannah Caine – 6
Lucy Horn – 6
Lucy Briggs – 4
Jenna Harris – 2

India Pierce Pearce – 10
Izzy Borges – 5
Three players tied with 2

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