St. Mark’s girls basketball coach John Fiorelli felt that Saturday’s DIAA girls basketball quarterfinal match-up was a matter of speed, something the Spartans’ opponents had a plenty of.
“They just had greater team speed than we did,” Fiorelli said after Appoquinimink defeated the Spartans for the second time this season 49-39 Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center. “We gave up too many layups. They just beat us down the floor.”
The Jaguars led by as many as 14 points (37-23) late in the third quarter, but sparked by the hot shooting of forward Jenna Wolff, the Spartans closed to within three points (42-39) with 2:15 left in the game. Wolff scored 15 of her team-high 19 points in the second half.
“Jenna realized she was going to have to be the girl to score, she really stepped up,” Fiorell said. “She was looking for her shot and this was really a break out game for her.”
Fiorelli said he was proud of the way his team, who finished the 2011-12 season 13-9, responded in spite of injuries and having to reshuffle the line-up a few times because of them.
“I would put this team up against anyone in the state,” he said. “Unfortunately we lost, so we won’t get that chance.
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