Very quick pace to start this one as both teams press full court. Buchtel got 8 from Javaan Rogers to get them moving early on. Walsh Jesuit got some nice contributions off the bench with 5 of their points coming from subs. Score was notched at 13 after the first quarter. Ang Vitantonio did a great job on the boards through the first half, before leaving early with her third foul. Javaan Rogers led all scorers with 12 and Maddie Pietrowski led Walsh with 7 and as the Warriors took a 28-25 lead into the half.
Third quarter was back and forth as both teams were handling the press better and getting transition buckets. The lead changed many times in the quarter until Amiyah Stallings dropped in back to back treys to give Buchtel their biggest lead at five points. The Griffins flipped a three point deficit into a three point lead heading into the 4th.
The last period seen Walsh make a push and take a four point lead on a Katie Clark three ball. Walsh opened their biggest lead at eight midway through the quarter, before a Rogers layup stopped the Warrior run. Big baskets from Amiyah Stallings helped the Griffins get back within a bucket but the Warriors effectively melted the final 90 seconds off the clock for a 61-57 victory.
Walsh Jesuit was led by Maddie Pietrowski who had 18 to lead all scorers did a great job knocking down shots from the outside. Meg Taraba came off the bench for the Warriors to score 12. Katie Clark added 10 and the final free throw that officially put it out of reach. Walsh did a great job in the second half limiting Rogers to only 6 points.
Buchtel adjusted and went with 5 guards to matchup better with Walsh and it turned the tide initially. Too many missed free throws in the second half hurt them badly. Javaan Rogers led the Griffs with 18. Amiyah Stallings came up huge for Buchtel with 17 points, along with some big three balls in the second half.
Walsh Jesuit hosts Magnificat on Tuesday, Buchtel hosts Nordonia on Wednesday.