Rebecca Musgrove leads St. Anthony's past St. John the Baptist

St. Anthony's guard Rebecca Musgrove drives around St.

St. Anthony's guard Rebecca Musgrove drives around St. John the Baptist's Italee Brown-Smikle. (Dec. 18, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Yesterday's rematch of last year's CHSAA final was a gritty, physical matchup filled with fouls and turnovers, but in the end St. Anthony's was able to grind out its second win of the year with a 63-43 victory over league rival St. John the Baptist in girls basketball.

"It was a tough game," St. Anthony's coach Ken Parham said. "I don't think it was our best game, but that's attributed to how hard [Baptist] played us. It's just our second game of the year; we have a long way to go and there's a lot of room for improvement."

Senior Rebecca Musgrove led the way with 19 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Junior Chastity Taylor put together her first double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Junior Charise Wilson added six points, nine rebounds and three assists.

It was a foul-ridden first half with 31 fouls committed. Musgrove's free throws with 1:28 left in the first quarter gave the Friars a 12-2 lead. She scored seven of her team's 12 points in the opening period.

Taylor and junior Kalifa Davy started dominating the post for St. Anthony's (2-0, 1-0), totaling 18 points in the second quarter. Taylor's shot off the glass after a nice spin move gave the Friars a 28-14 lead. Davy hit a lefthanded hook shot to beat the buzzer and give St. Anthony's a 32-17 lead going into the break.

The Friars switched to a zone defense in the second half to limit their fouls and force St. John the Baptist into some tough situations. The zone proved effective; the Cougars were held without a three-pointer for the whole game.

"We were getting beat and getting fouls called on us while we were in man-to-man," Musgrove said. "We switched into our zone defense and they couldn't get by us."

Musgrove's layup off an offensive rebound with a little over 3:30 left in the fourth gave St. Anthony's its largest lead of the game at 61-36.

Freshman Sydney Zambrotta led the Cougars (1-5, 0-2) with 13 points and senior Lauren Parra added 12.

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