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January 30, 2013

Fenwick girls sail past Austin Prep

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Point guard Gianna Pizzano contributed with eight points and a had a team-high six assists and also added three steals. Pizzano read the Cougars’ offense well and got her lane in almost every passing lane on the defensive end. The junior starter is another player working her way back from injury and has recently begun to log her normal minutes.

The real test for the Crusders comes next Tuesday against their conference rival St. Mary’s. Earlier in the season the Spartans dealt Fenwick a 62-40 loss on the road and the Crusaders are hoping to return the favor this time around.

”I think we needed a game like this heading into next week,” DeBaggis added. “We have St. Mary’s next and we can’t go into that game, having played poorly in the game before. We’re just trying to focus on what we’re doing and play our game.

”It’s really hard to prepare for them, because you can’t simulate the type of defense they play in practice. My job is to get the girls mentally prepared and practice as much as possible. If we play our best basketball, I think we can beat them.”

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