Cardinal Mooney under first year coach Erica Wilson outplayed Boardman down the stretch and came away with a 62-58 victory over the Lady Spartans last Saturday in the opening game of the season for both schools in a contest played at the Boardman gym.
Boardman held a 54-51 lead in the contest with 3:58 remaining but the Lady Cardinals took the lead for good, 55-54, with 2:26 left in the game.
Krista Johnson scored 17 of her game-high 24 markers in the first half, as Boardman moved to a 30-27 lead. The contest was tied at 41-41 at the end of three quarters of play.
Maggie Monahan paced the winners with 21 points, including 11 in the fourth period. Jaclyn Yankle added 20 more for Mooney.
Johnson’s showing included 11 of 17 from the charity stripe, while freshman Jenna Vivo added 20 points for Boardman.
Boardman converted 23 of 37 foul shots in the game, but Mooney held a 20-13 advantage in two point shots.
Renee Santisi had 6 points for the winners, while Samantha Ellis and Kelly Williams added 4 points each.
Jami DiFabio chipped in with 3 points, while Colleen Durkin and Hannah Welsh added two points each to round out the scoring for the winners.
Amber McMillan finished with 6 points, while Anna Saxton had 4 points, and Katie Platt added 2 points to round out the scoring for the Lady Spartans.