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St. Mary's falls short against Molloy

Despite four players fouling out, St. Mary's almost pulled off the upset Saturday night against Molloy at the St. Anthony's Winter Classic. St. Mary's fell just short in a 43-42 loss.

St. Mary's trailed by as many as 13 points early in the third quarter. Alyssa James scored on a putback to pull the Gaels within 33-31 early in the fourth quarter. Jasmine Bryant fouled out with 4:56 left and Jordan Augustus fouled out with 4:18 left for St. Mary's.

"I give my kids credit," St. Mary's coach Tom Flynn said. "We were in foul trouble. They left it out there on the court. I'm proud of them. They're going to be a while lot better in February. We're playing a good schedule. A game like this will make us better."

Molloy, one of the top teams in the city, pushed the lead to 40-33 with 3:42 left in the game before Mei-Lyn Bautista scored on a jumper, James scored on a drive and Bautista scored on a runner off the glass but missed the tying free throw with 1:10 left as the Gaels trailed 40-39.

Amani Tatum hit 1 of 2 from the foul line to give Molloy a 41-39 lead with 40 seconds left. After a flagrant foul by St. Mary's, Tatum went 1 of 2 from the line with 14 seconds left and went 1 of 2 from the foul line with six seconds left. Bautista hit a three-pointer as time expired for the final margin.

"They were at the foul line a lot," Flynn said. "We climbed a hill and hung in there. They're finding each other. We have only played four games."

St. Mary's (2-2) has four transfers and Bryant missed last season with a torn ACL, so the players are still acclimating to one another. The Gaels defeated St. John the Baptist on Friday and will be a contender for the CHSAA titie.

"We're going to be good," Flynn said. "They have to get used to playing with each other."

Tags: Alyssa James , Mei-Lyn Bautista , St. Mary's , CHSAA , Jasmine Bryant , Jordan Augustus , girls basketball

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