By ERIC X. VICCARO
Valle Catholic High School head girls’ basketball coach Brian Bauman made the decision to start the Warriors freshmen during a Monday, Feb. 1 game versus Bismarck.
Nicole Gegg scored the game’s first four points, and Lexi Ritter and Emma Christine also marked the score sheet as Valle Catholic downed Bismarck 54-20 in this Mineral Area Activities Association Small School Division game at home.
“We wanted to give our freshman a chance to start and be announced in front of family and friends,” Bauman said. “Being that we weren’t able to field a JV team this year, these girls have been restricted to just scout team with some occasional late-game varsity minutes.”
Valle Catholic, after last Saturday’s MAAA Tournament loss to Potosi, stands at 8-14 on the season.
(An aside, there is a separate MAAA Tournament story in this issue of the Ste. Genevieve Herald.)
Bauman said the girls earned the opportunity, playing well both offensively and defensively.
Fittingly, Gegg stole a Bismarck pass in the game’s closing moments, and the Warriors dribbled out the remaining time.
The Warriors showed plenty of hunger for victory, bolting to a 28-2 lead with 2:12 left in the second quarter after Sam Loida connected on a layup.
Valle Catholic was up 34-12 at intermission, and built its lead during the fourth quarter — with the game’s final differential the Warriors’ largest margin of the entire game.