NDA Cruises Past SUA
January 17, 2013St. Ursula Academy
by Chase Howell, Cincinnati Enquirer
Notre Dame Academy Cruises Past SUA
In a clash not likely to occur in nature, the Pandas of Notre Dame Academy visited St. Ursula to face the Bulldogs in a girls’ basketball dual-state matchup.
The Pandas travelled back across the Ohio River victorious, closing out the game 55-43.
Notre Dame, ranked first in the Enquirer Kentucky Coaches’ Poll, improves its record to 10-2 this season. St. Ursula falls to 2-14. The Bulldogs own an 11 game losing streak that dates back to Dec. 13, and are 0-6 in Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League play.The Bulldogs’ dramatic entrance, with spotlights and speakers blaring included, proved not enough to phase the Pandas.
Notre Dame senior shooting forward Olivia Voskuhl set the tone of the first half immediately, securing the tip and draining a three pointer to open scoring. Voskuhl finished the night with a team-high 21 points, averaging over 20 points per game this season.
The Pandas controlled play throughout the first half, as the first buzzer came with a 15-1 Notre Dame lead.
The second quarter proved to be much of the same story, with the Pandas pushing the lead to 25-11 by halftime.
A trip to the locker room, however, gave St. Ursula senior guard Sarah Wildermuth and the Bulldogs new life.
“At halftime we just decided to pick up the energy, capitalize on the steals we make,” Wildermuth said. “I just knew we were down, someone had to do something out there, and we needed to step up.”
“Step up” is exactly what Wildermuth did. The guard finished the game with a career-high 30 points, many coming from hard drives in the paint, earning her multiple trips to the charity stripe. Entering the contest, the guard averaged a team-leading nine points per game.
“Sarah’s a senior captain, she’s played on two great teams before this year,” St. Ursula coach Jim Leon said. “She takes a great leadership role, will take the shots and drive hard to the basket to get foul shots. I’m very proud of her effort tonight.”
Despite Wildermuth’s second-half rally, the Bulldogs failed to ever pull the score within 10.
“St. Ursula came out and fought hard. We’re to the point where we’re taking care of us,” Notre Dame coach Nicole Levandusky said. “It’s not so much about who we’re playing, we just want to focus on improving the stuff we do. But you do have to credit St. Ursula, they kept coming at us.”
Senior forward Haylee Smith also reached double-digits for the Pandas, knocking down 11 points.
Notre Dame is in action again on Jan. 18 as they host Simon Kenton at 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs next take the court on Jan. 22 at Sycamore, the Aves ranked ninth in the Enquirer Division I Area Coaches’ Poll.“We just need to keep our heads up and keep building off the momentum we built at the end,” Wildermuth said.