January 5, 2012
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Tom Hamzik, Padua Team Reporter, January 04, 2012 10:27 p.m.
Holy Name Senior Taylor Krusinski described it as ‘the greatest feeling in the world.’
The 6’0″ Forward and Mercyhurst scored 23 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and even swatted two shots as her Green Wave beat their rival, the Padua Bruins, 52-33, inside Kenneally Gymnasium at Holy Name High School on Wednesday night.
“It feels really good to beat them my senior year,” said Krusinski. “We lost to them last year so we were out with a vengeance to try and get them back this year.”
The loss Krusinski is referring to is when Padua narrowly knocked off the Green Wave, 36-35, to end the regular season last year at Padua. Both teams had that game in their minds tonight, and it was the Green Wave who came out on top this time.
The game was the closest it was all night during the first quarter, as host Holy Name held a 12-8 lead after eight minutes of play. Krusinski already had six points and three rebounds by then. Padua earned a big spark when Senior Leena Clint came off the bench and scored back to back baskets for the Bruins, keeping it within reach.
Krusinski added a three pointer and two rebounds during the second quarter, and Holy Name Freshman Rachel Kucharczyk scored five of her eight points en route to a 25-16 Green Wave halftime lead.
The Green Wave began to pull away during the 3rd quarter, as once again Krusinski came through huge for the Namers. After Padua Senior Jenna Ripepi drained a three immediately after entering the game, Krusinski scored on the ensuing Holy Name possession and the home team had control the rest of the game.
Holy Name outscored the Bruins 10-4 in the 4th quarter, finishing up the 52-33 victory.
Kucharczyk ended the night with 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Senior Elissa Day scored 10 points including two makes from three point range, as well as four rebounds and two assists.
“We have a big game Saturday against Magnificat. This is going to keep us motivated to work hard in practice tomorrow and Friday,” said Krusinski when asked the benefits of the victory. “It will keep our heads up going into Saturday’s game.”
Clint was the high scorer for the Bruins, finishing with 13 points, all coming in the 1st and 3rd quarters. Junior Lea Walsh added five points and four rebounds.
Holy Name improves to 6-4 on the season, and will host Magnificat on Saturday at 7:30pm in a matchup of teams ranked in the Plain Dealer Top 25.