By Drake Skleba
For the Bugle 

Redwings blast the Roadrunners in ESCC battle of unbeatens

JCA girls make it 3 straight


Last updated 2/25/2021 at 1:42pm

In a battle of East Suburban Catholic Conference undefeated powers, the Benet Academy Redwings (6-0, 3-0) crushed the host Roadrunners of Nazareth Academy, 48-22.


Leading 15-12 with six minutes remaining in the first half, Benet Academy shut out the Roadrunners for the rest of the first half. The run was ignited by a long-range three-pointer from junior Margaret Temple (eight points, two 3's).

The 'Wings closed out the half with a 10-0 run, concluded by a 25-foot- bomb from Redwing freshman Emilia Sularski (three points) and a 25-12 lead at halftime.

Nazareth (3-1, 3-1) scored the opening basket of the second half.

Redwing senior leader Kendall Moriarty (10 points,four rebounds, four assists, two steals) and 6-foot-2 junior Morgan Demos (eight points, eight rebounds, four blocks,two steals) would ignited a 6-0 Redwing run for a 31-14 lead.

Nazareth would score, before Redwing senior, Reagan Rodenbostel (five points) would ignite another 10-0 Redwing run,with a three-pointer.

Benet junior Lenee Beaumont scored a pair of baskets to increase the lead to 38-16.

The Redwing sharpshooter, Temple, who started the Benet barrage on the buried Roadrunners, closed out the 26-4 outburst with her second three-pointer. Benet took a 41-16 lead at the third quarter, 4:46 mask break.

A 26-4 Benet Academy outburst in nine minutes of game time between the second and third quarter put this one away.

"We really got a number of stops on defense," Moriarty said. "We were then able to get out and get easy baskets in transition to complete the 26-4 run."

Beaumont, who picked up a double double with her 11 point, 10 rebound performance, was all over the court for the Redwings.

"I hadn't been rebounding well in our first few games," Beaumont said. "I rebounded well tonight and I took the ball to the basket. We really sped Nazareth up which led to their turnovers. Kendall is our leader and we look up to her. She helps us on and off the floor."

"I realize I have to step up this year," Demos said. "I have to be a force inside and with my starting each game. I have to be productive."

Up next for the Redwings is a long bus ride to Mundelein on Saturday to take on the ESCC's Carmel Corsairs (2-5,1-3).

"We know we have Marist (5-0, 2-0) on Sunday at home," Moriarty, Beaumont and Demos said. "We will not overlook Carmel on Saturday."

"Lenee is going to be special," Benet coach Joe Kilbride said. "I just wish she would shoot the ball more. Morgan has been unbelievable in all facets of her game. She takes care of the inside for us and that opens up our three-point shooting. Kendall is our leader and does everything for us. The girls cannot overlook Carmel on Saturday."


Three in a row!

After their thrilling 59-49 win over their bitter rivals from Providence on Tuesday, the Angels were looking for their third consecutive victory in far away Woodstock.

After her career-high 32 point outburst against Providence, Angel sophomore Jasmine "Jazz" Brown took it easy on the host Hurricanes of Marian Central Catholic (1-4, 0-3). The talented Angel soph settled for a game-high 17 points.

Angel senior Jenna Hernandez (13 points, three 3's) buried a pair of long-range three-pointers to lead the Angels to a 14-11 first quarter lead. The Angels (3-4, 1-3) "D" stepped up in the second quarter holding the Hurricanes to just three second quarter points. JCA led 21-14 at the half.

JCA opened up a 36-21 lead after three quarters and coast to their first East Suburban Catholic Conference victory.

Angel sophomore Alina Schlageter chipped in with seven points for JCA.

On Saturday in Joliet, the Angels will look to even up their overall record against the Marian Catholic Lady Spartans (7-3 1-2).


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