By John Baker
There were more ups and downs than a roller coaster for the Urban girls basketball team in its own Urban Holiday Shootout on Saturday at Kezar Pavilion.
The Blues, which start three freshmen, one sophomore and a senior, had to overcome a lot of streaky play to beat St. Vincent de Paul 47-39 in the tournament championship game.
It is the first time Urban has won its own tournament since 2006.
“We have a really young team and our goal right now is just to get consistent,” said Urban head coach Hope Broadus. “We’re just looking to improve every game and find that level of consistency, so we’re not going up and down each time.”
Success – and failure – came in waves for the Blues (6-2) on Saturday. St. Vincent was a force early on, jumping out to an 8-0 lead before Urban crawled back to tie the game at 10-10 late in the first quarter. Urban then dominated the second quarter, limiting the Mustangs to a single basket en route to a 24-15 halftime lead.
“That seems to be our pattern right now. We get a little cold at the beginning then start warming up,” said captain Charlotte Blanc, the Blues’ only senior starter. “We take the punches and keep rolling.”
Blanc, a 5-foot-11 forward, led Urban with 14 points and said that her squad has had trouble recovering from early deficits for the past three years, but is now better able to cope.
“Our defense is keeping us in games and there’s really no reason for us to get stressed, because even if we’re not scoring, they’re not scoring,” Blanc said.
Urban’s defense was needed in the third quarter, because the Blues went ice cold shooting, making just 1-of-14 from the floor while turning the ball over six times. But the Blues gave up just eight points and held a 31-23 lead going into the fourth quarter.
St. Vincent (5-3) got within five points early in the fourth quarter, but three-pointers on back-to-back possessions from Urban freshman guard CJ Catina gave the Blues breathing room.
“We were going up and down [and] that’s obviously not what we want,” Broadus said. “When we started off down, we didn’t stay down, and when we had the bad third quarter, we came back in the fourth and sustained it until the end of the game.”
St. Vincent’s Jacalyn Murphy led all scorers with 19 points, with 11 coming in the fourth quarter. Ursula Baumgarten added eight for the Mustangs.
Charlotte Blanc – 14
CJ Catina – 9
Adi Martin-Ruben – 7
Kira Waldman – 7
Bonnie Barillas – 6
St. Vincent de Paul
Jacalyn Murphy – 19
Ursula Baumgarten – 8
Rebecca Dodele – 5
Maddie Perry – 3
Two players tied with 2 points