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Good Counsel took on every challenge and team the WCAC had to offer. But at the end of the Sunday’s WCAC title game against St. John’s, the Falcons remained perfect in league play. Good Counsel beat the Cadets, 79-76, to win the WCAC title for the first time since 2009 and avenge last season’s title game loss to St. John’s. It was the first time a team had gone 21-0 in WCAC play.
“Its great. This was our goal,” Falcons forward Amanda Fiorvanti said. “We made history and our team wanted to do this from the start.”
Faith Randolph led the Falcons with 25 points. Amanda Fiorvanti scored 22, while Lindsey Spann added 17 more.
On St. John’s side, Lindsay Allen led the way with 25 points, Mooriah Rowser added 16, Tori Oliver chipped in 15 and Jasmine Bailey scored 10 points.
The Falcons showed why they are one of the best teams in the area as they roared out to a quick 10-2 lead to start the game. But the Cadets railed back and turned it into a close game. “We knew we had to come out strong in the beginning against one of our biggest rivals,” Fiorvanti said.”
The Cadets hung close to the Falcons through the first half and in the second half turned it into a tight game. Midway through the third quarter, Allen hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 45. But the Falcons strung together a run and built a 70-63 lead with 3:03 to play.
As the Cadets tried to rally, Fiorvanti cut backdoor and hit an easy layup to balloon the lead back to 74-69 with just under two minutes to play.
The Cadets were able to hold it to a three-point game with six seconds to play. Allen brought the ball up court and spotted up for a three, but Cadets coach Jonathan Scribner called a timeout to set up a play. Allen hit the three well after the timeout was called. Then when play resumed the Cadets again put the ball in Allen’s hands. This time, Allen missed the trey that could have sent the game into overtime.
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