Going into this year and even through the first month or so of the season, it looked like at least for a year, St. Anne’s-Belfield might have trouble clawing its way to the top of the League of Independent Schools standings.
But, as is often the case in February, the Saints, riding a nine-game win streak, are back at the top of the mix.
Friday night, St. Anne’s beat St. Catherine’s 52-37 to grab the No. 1 spot in the LIS standings over Trinity Episcopal. The Titans beat Collegiate 47-33 Friday and only have one LIS loss, part of a split with STAB, but the league has rule where only one of the teams’ meetings count in the actual standings, and STAB won the only meeting that counts and will be the No. 1 seed in the LIS tournament.
Vanessa Woodfolk stuffed the stat sheet in the win, scoring 10 points on an efficient 5-for-6 shooting while blocking four shots, dishing out four assists and pulling down eight rebounds. Sierra Smith was her usual relentless self on the boards, with 15 rebounds and eight points. Junior point guard Jovia Winkey scored 15 points and went 7-for-8 at the free throw line while coming up with four steals.
Sophomores Bailey Cullen and Scottie Hull gave the offense balance with seven and eight points respectively while Alex Greer chipped in four rebounds. STAB had 10 team steals in the win.
St. Catherine’s standout Mary Clarke Wallace finished with a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Jearice Black had 10 points and Cara Menges had five points and four assists.