Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Viz Takes Care of Biz to Advance

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Viz Takes Care of Biz to Advance

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FRONTENAC There was a lot to be concerned about for the Visitation girls basketball team Saturday in the first game of its 38th annual Visitation Christmas Tournament.

One was slowing down Tayler Miller of Metro, the areas second leading scorer. Second was not getting embarrassed in its own tournament. And third, a loss meant playing at 10:30 a.m. the day after Christmas.

Turns out none of the three really mattered as the Vivettes rolled to a 47-28 victory.

I was really worried about stopping (Miller), Visitation coach Jeff Menke said, but I thought we did a great job of shutting her down.

Miller entered the game with an average of 24.7 points a game, but she was limited to just seven points Saturday.

Visitation (4-4) started out in a triangle and two, but Rachel Suntrup picked up two quick fouls. After that, Menke switched to a matchup zone and relied on team defense.

It was all about team defense, Menke said. The girls helped each other and played hard and played smart.

Emma Mitchell led the way for the Vivettes with 17 points. Stephanie Fortune added 10 points.

Contina May paced the Panthers (6-2) with 12 points. Jordyn Norde contributed nine points.

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first-round games:

Incarnate Word 71, Notre Dame 24 The Knights, the areas top- ranked team and tournaments No. 1 seed, raced to a 30-point halftime lead and ended with a running clock and an easy victory against the 16th-seeded Rebels.

Napheesa Collier scored a game-high 33 points, while Carly Frala and Nakiah Bell added 13 points each to lead Incarnate Word (7-0). Freshman Madeline Ronshausen scored eight points to lead Notre Dame.

Principia 59, Cor Jesu 51 When it comes to the areas top players, it doesnt get much better than Principias Alli Ball.

She really makes a difference for them, Cor Jesu coach John Neff said. It changes the way you have to defend them, and it changes the way they can defend you.

Cor Jesus man-to-man help defense did a creditable job defending Ball, who was held to 16 points.

But Balls teammates namely, forward Rachel Perea stepped up when the Panthers offense needed a spark.

The 5-foot-9 forward scored a game-high 20 points and hit all eight of her free throws to help the No. 6 seed Panthers hold off No. 11 seed Cor Jesu.

Principia, the No. 8 team in the rankings, improved to 8-2. Cor Jesu (5-4) was led by seniors Laura Milles and Chaley Poth, who each scored 14 points.

Panthers coach Shad Nichols said Perea, who was not one of the teams main cogs last season, has become one of its most reliable options this winter.

Shes a great player, Nichols said. Shes a shut-down defender. She never takes a play off. ... Weve got to have other scorers (besides Ball). We have other people who can attack and finish, and shes as good as anybody when she believes in herself. …

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