After a fairly successful 11-9 record last season, the Lady Ravens have fallen on hard times this season. Winners of only 2 of their first 12 games, St. Thomas More had lost 6 straight coming into Thursday's contest with Delmarva Christian.
Even though it's been rough going for the Lady Ravens, they left all of that in the rearview on Thursday night as they posted their highest point total of the year in a 51-42 win over Delmarva Christian.
Alexa Schimp led the way for the Lady Ravens; posting a game-high 24 points to give St. Thomas More their third win of the season.
It didn't look good for the Ravens in a first half that saw them post only single-digit point totals in both the first and second quarters while allowing double-digit outputs by Delmarva Christian.
After a close first quarter, Delmarva Christian posted a tremendous second quarter scoring 16 points to take a 27-13 lead into the half.
The third quarter was all about defense, for both squads. After a tough first half, the Lady Ravens responded with a stellar defensive effort holding Delmarva Christian to only 2 third quarter points. St. Thomas More's 8 in the quarter helped trim the Delmarva Christian lead to only 6 headed into the fourth and final quarter.
In the final stanza, the Lady Ravens once again responded under pressure, posting 19 points in the fourth quarter to put them right back into the game. Unfortunately, Delmarva Christian was able to hand tough and force overtime.
In the extra session, much like the third quarter, the St. Thomas More defense flexed its muscle once again allowing only one field goal to Delmarva Christian the entire quarter. The Lady Ravens 11 point output in the overtime period was good enough to give them the 51-42 victory.
"We've been struggling with health issues the last couple months," said Head Coach Dan DiFrancesco. "So it was a big win for us simply because of being so shorthanded, there have been games I believe we could have won or should have won along the way that makes this one worth it."
With their playoffs hopes virtually gone, DiFrancesco is proud of the way his team has played, whether it's been substitutes playing hard, meaningful minutes in place of injured starters or their never-give-up attitude.
"I'm most proud of the fact that regardless of the score or what has happened earlier in the year, this team responds," said DiFrancesco. "Earlier in the week we were down 33 points with about 4 minutes left and two of our best players were diving on the floor for loose balls. I'm just thrilled with the effort, they come out and play hard and have shown tremendous guts playing for pride in themselves and their school."
Next up for the Lady Ravens they'll face 4-7 Tower Hill at home on Wednesday afternoon, tip-off scheduled for 4:30 p.m.