Fontbonne Hall Academy Basketball: Oliver Leads Bonnies Over Tigers

By Jim Dolan

Brooklyn Eagle

 

Fontbonne 53 Bishop Kearney 44

 

After losing to Kearney (6-1) last month, the Varsity Bonnies (5-1) were eager for a rematch at home against the Tigers.


Playing on a smaller court, where the game is quicker and defense becomes a key factor, the Bonnies were confident that they had a home court advantage. Despite the supposed advantage, Kearney took a 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.Fontbonne’s Kate Oliver scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Bonnies to a much-anticipated 53-44 win over Bishop Kearney.

 

Led by sophomore point guard Kate Oliver (22 points), the Bonnies went on a 15-5 run. Aided by the defensive rebounding of Michelle Moran, Deirdre Lavelle and Kristen Sullivan, Fontbonne took a 24-15 lead at the half. Cindy Henderson (14 points) and Siobhan Sammon (4 points) joined Oliver’s scoring attack to keep Kearney at bay for a 37-29 Fontbonne lead in the third quarter.

 

After the foul shot, Kearney’s Caroline Thurlow boxes out Fontbonne’s Deirdre Lavelle.Niehve Rivera replaced Henderson, who fouled out early in the fourth quarter. Rivera went on to score a key basket midway through the fourth quarter to give Fontbonne a 10-point spread at 46-36, a lead that the Bonnies would maintain for the win.

 

“We beat a real good, physical team,” Fontbonne Varsity Head Coach Stephen Oliver said. “We’re beginning to put our quarters together for a win.”