By Joey Waller
In the Game Staff Writer
Gross started off the weekend with a dominating defensive performance in a home win over Roncalli.
In the 43-16 victory, the stifling Cougar defense didn't allow more than five points in a single quarter.
The Cougars (12-5) dominated from the start by scoring the first nine points and finished the quarter leading 17-8.
However, Gross went cold from the floor in the second and only scored four points. Their defense was fiesty enough to limit Roncalli to only four points as well so they weren't hurt by the cold streak.
"The girls played hard on defense," coach Fr. Steve Emanual said. "It was the first time since the Gretna game (Dec. 4) we played man-to-man most of the game. It was good to get used to playing that for an extended time. Offensively, we have some room for improvement. Our offense has always stemmed from our defense. If we can get good stops and get some steals it really helps us offensively."
They got back on track in the second half by outscoring the Crimson Pride 26-8 in the last two quarter. After the first made basket of the third quarter, the Cougars never let their lead dip under 10 points.
"We tried to pick it up on defense," Emanuel said. "We're learning that you can defend every night even if you're not scoring."
Joelle Overkamp led the team by netting 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Alex Opperman chipped in with nine and Julie Olechoski added eight.
Gross dropped its second game of weekend with a 54-45 loss at Lincoln Pius X on Saturday.
It was a tight game with Pius holding a 37-36 advantage going into the final quarter of play. It went back and forth for the first half of the fourth until the Thunderbolts pulled away by sinking their free throws.
Overkamp led the way for Gross again with 20 points. Opperman finished two points shy of a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds.
Article published on January 30, 2012 in the Bellevue Leader.