Girls Basketball: Providence rolls over Queen of Peace
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media December 2, 2013 9:14PM
Providence's Anne Corso (25) passes the ball to Emily Bowles (4) during the first half against Queen of Peace. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 4, 2014 6:21AM
Marybeth Galick wasn’t going to let an injury — even a severe one — keep her down.
The Providence senior guard tore the ACL in her right knee late last season, but she most definitely was going to come back.
She came back early, competing with the Celtics tennis team.
“It was initially tough to come back ready and in game mode (with basketball),” Galick said. “With my teammates’ support and my coaches’ help, I was able to come back. I really love basketball, and I’m glad to be back.”
Galick scored 10 points Monday night in Providence’s 75-26 win over Queen of Peace in New Lenox. Eleven different players scored for the Celtics (6-1), including Alyssa Jurges (20 points), Maeve Garvey (10) and Emily Bowles (9).
A junior-dominated Providence team features just one senior, Galick. Coach Eileen Copenhaver is glad to have her.
“Marybeth is a special senior, and she is ‘Celtics,’ ” Copenhaver said. “She plays three sports, everyone knows her, and she knows how to lead. She is perfect to help lead this group.”
The Celtics were running out of the gate Monday, with Garvey scoring on a fast break on a nice pass from Jurges.
Jurges got into the action the next time down, Madeline Culligan finding her under the basket. Galick followed with a fast-break bucket as Providence went up 6-0. The Celtics led 24-3 through one quarter.
“We’ve got a lot of offense to work off of, a lot of offensive threats, so that’s always fun,” Garvey said. “We can push the ball some, get some easy shots and score in transition. We’re able to give a lot of players the opportunity to score.”
Queen of Peace (0-6) was led by Jelyn Chua (5 points), Abby Bennett (4), Maggie Bennett (4) and Kate Cahill (4).
“The biggest thing is we need them to have confidence in themselves,” first-year Peace coach George Shimko said. “We have seven seniors, but not a lot of varsity experience. We’ve grown immensely, even though we haven’t won.”