Holy Angels' Francesca Vascellaro (1) drives toward the basket during the first half of Friday night’s game against DeLaSalle. Vascellaro had a game-high 24 points in the Stars’ 96-69 victory over the Islanders. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Holy Angels actually missed the first three-point attempts it put up to start the game and begin the second half Friday. Other than that, the Stars aligned and used multiple long-range shots to build a lead and dominate Tri-Metro Conference rival DeLaSalle.
The Stars, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by Minnesota Basketball News, dominated and beat the No. 8-3A Islanders 96-69 at Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield. It was the third time this season that Holy Angels (9-1) scored 90-plus points in a game, the first since scoring 99 points against Columbia Heights in the second game of the season.
The three-point shot has been a part of the Holy Angels game plan all season, according to coach Dan Woods.
“This year, we’re fortunate enough to have good shooters,” Woods said. “So we’ve been trying to take advantage of it.”
Holy Angels scored nine of its 11 three-pointers in the first half to help jump out to a lead and distance itself early from the opponent. The first trio of treys came from freshman Jenna Buer, who hit four of them total from the corners.
“Tonight there was just something different,” said senior Frankie Vascellaro on the team’s three-point shooting. “And Jenna coming right away and hitting all those threes, I think really helped everyone else on the team, too.”
Buer said how determined she felt and really got into her mindset to shoot the ball.
“Just shoot to make it,” Buer said.
Holy Angels' Jenna Buer (35) spots up for a three-point attempt against DeLaSalle Friday night. Buer had 16 points in the Stars’ 96-69 victory over the Islanders in Richfield. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Holy Angels got right back on the winning track with the Stars defeating Tri-Metro Conference rival DeLaSalle 96-69 on Friday at Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.
Holy Angels, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by Minnesota Basketball News, used the three-point shot to build a 55-34 halftime lead, led by four three-pointers and 16 points in the first half by freshman Jenna Buer.
Senior Frankie Vascellaro scored a season-high 24 points for the Stars. Teammates Kassandra Caron and Grace Massaquoi added 21 and 19 points, respectively.
The Islanders had four players reach double digits in scoring, led by I’Tianna Salaam’s 20 points. Sydney Runsewe dropped 16 points, while Savannah White added 13 points and Isabella Thomas had 10 points.
The Stars (9-1) swept the season series against No. 8-3A DeLaSalle, after also winning 64-52 on Jan. 26 at DeLaSalle (7-3).
Holy Angels got back in the win column after seeing its eight-game winning streak to start the season snapped by Class 4A squad Eden Prairie on Tuesday.
DeLaSalle's Sydney Runsewe (left) tries to dribble around Holy Angels' Rachel Kawiecki during Friday night’s Tri-Metro Conference matchup in Richfield. The Islanders fell to the Stars 96-69. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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