February 5th, 2020

Balanced attack leads Assumption past Holy Cross

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 

Balanced attack leads Assumption past Holy Cross
Balanced attack leads Assumption past Holy Cross/ photo by Dalton Pence

Assumption’s girls’ basketball team received key contributions from a handful of players on Tuesday evening as they defeated Holy Cross 60-21 on the road. The Rockets opened the game on a 12-2 run, and never looked back. 


“It’s really nice; they’re a really tight group”, Assumption head coach Stacy Pendleton explained when addressing the Rockets’ veteran rotation. “They love to play with each other and want success. I’ve let them talk and make more adjustments than teams I’ve had in the past, maybe with exception of my state championship team (2011-12 Manual), which was-senior dominated.


Payton Cronen opened up the scoring with a three-pointer and fellow senior Reese Sexton followed up with two of her own.


Sydney Brothers went on a personal 5-0 run in attempt to bring the Cougars back, but another triple from Cronen resulting from an offensive rebound pushed the Rocket lead to 17 at the end of the first quarter.


Assumption opened up the second and third periods with runs of 11-0 and 8-0, respectively, and the Rockets’ defense matched the effort. The team only allowed six points in the second half. 


“Sometimes we get into games, and the third quarter just isn’t our quarter”, senior Maddie Reed said. “We came in with the mindset that we were up, but needed to protect the lead.”


“In the second quarter, I was disappointed in the way we played defensively”, Pendleton added. “They got three wide open shots and we fouled them a lot. “We put the emphasis on that and we picked it up.”


Despite the margin of victory, Pendleton still focused his attention to the small details. 


“The little things I wanted to see offensively was that they made the extra pass”, he said. “They play unselfishly and there’s not a problem with that.”


Reed led all Assumption scorers with 12; Sexton scored 10 while Cronen added nine. Forward Maddie Nalley also contributed eight points. 


“Having a lot of people who can score makes it easier for us because there are many threats”, she Cronen said. “We’ve just known each other forever so we have the chemistry that’s just built up over the years.”


The focus now shifts to gearing up towards the postseason.


“We’ve played a brutal schedule”, Pendleton said. “That has prepared us more than anything so we’re used to the physicality, pressure, and speed of really good teams. Now, we have an 11-day break coming up which is nice because it allows us to get back to the basics and prepare for the postseason.”


Before the break, the Rockets (14-10) will host PRP on Wednesday and Bullitt East on Saturday evening. 


For Holy Cross head coach Olivia Schum, said it’s all about identifying and learning from mistakes, and moving on. 


“We know Assumption is a great basketball team”, she explained. “The number one thing we failed to do today was matched their intensity. That’s something we can do, no matter how good an opposing team is. There’s a lot to learn; we just have to get back to work and cap off our season. It’s just a matter of re-focusing and working on us, but we will be okay.”


The Cougars were led in scoring by Callie Wiegandt with 12 points; Brothers also had six. 



Holy Cross (10-10) will look to bounce back on Friday as they travel to Bullitt Central. 


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