St. Joseph’s (8-7) has now dropped back-to-back home games while CCNY (6-9) has won two of their last three games.
Senior Megan Moran (Syosset/St. Dominic’s) helped lead the Lady Bears attack finishing with a career-high and game-high-tying 23 points, 15 in the first half, while corralling eight boards and dishing out a career-high six assists.
Junior Samantha Retas (Brooklyn/Bishop Kearney) had one of her best all-around games in a St. Joseph’s uniform, securing her team-leading sixth double-double of the year by way of 17 points and a school-record 21 rebounds. Retas matched a school record with six blocks and added five assists and three steals to her stat line.
St. Joseph’s struck first less than 15 seconds into the contest and built a 15-8 advantage at the 14:12 mark of the first half and it looked like the Lady Bears may have their way with the Beavers.
However, CCNY had other ideas coming right back and taking a 26-22 lead with 3:39 left in the opening frame. St. Joseph’s battled back and took a late 30-28 lead before a miraculous last second shot by Taylor Pompilio found the bottom of the net to send the two teams deadlocked at 30-30.
The second stanza saw the Beavers get on the board first to take a 32-30 lead at the 18:59 mark before the Lady Bears responded with a 8-0 run over three minutes that gave them a 38-32 lead and it looked as if the St. Joseph’s had all the momentum. CCNY would not go away though, taking a 43-42 lead at the 13:28 mark.
The Lady Bears fought back and took a 50-46 lead with 9:33 remaining helped by four Moran free throws and it seemed St. Joseph’s had recaptured the momentum. The Beavers showed their resiliency and toughness coming right back and taking the lead for good at 52-51 on a Lee layup with 6:40 remaining.
A nearly five-minute drought ensued for the Lady Bears after Kelly McNamee (Glendale/Mary Louis)hit a jumper with 6:12 left to play to cut the deficit to 54-53. CCNY took advantage of the St. Joseph’s cold stretch and the Lady Bears did not snap out of it until it was too late.