Catholic (VA) victorious in win over Bishop O’Connell
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – In the much-anticipated John Rhodes Division Championship game of the United Bank Holiday Invitational, Catholic High School (VA) triumphed over Bishop O’Connell High School (VA) with a final score of 50-35. The game, held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, was a display of skill and strategy that kept the audience captivated.
Catholic High School showcased a strong team performance, with Kylah Moore and Zaniyah Williams leading the charge. Moore, with a stellar performance of 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals, was a crucial player for Catholic. Williams added 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals, contributing significantly to the team’s offense.
Bishop O’Connell fought valiantly but couldn’t overcome Catholic’s defense. Carly Sweazie stood out for Bishop O’Connell with 9 points and 2 rebounds. However, the team struggled to keep up with Catholic’s pace, especially in the third period, where they fell behind significantly.
The game started with both teams showing strong potential. However, Catholic soon took the lead and maintained it for most of the game, leading 16-10 after the first period and 28-17 at halftime. Their dominance continued in the third period, widening the gap to a 20-point lead at one point.
Catholic’s strategy focused on exploiting turnovers, scoring 21 points off Bishop O’Connell’s 18 turnovers. They also capitalized on second-chance opportunities, scoring 13 points off offensive rebounds. Their defensive game was equally strong, limiting Bishop O’Connell to just 35 points.
Despite a late surge by Bishop O’Connell in the fourth quarter, Catholic maintained their lead, ultimately winning the championship game with a 15-point margin. This victory was a testament to their cohesive team play and tactical prowess on the court.
The United Bank Holiday Invitational, known for showcasing some of the best high school basketball talents, lived up to its reputation with this thrilling championship game. Both teams displayed exceptional skill and sportsmanship, making it a memorable event for players and spectators alike.