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Resurrection point guard Liz Rehberger did everything she could do in the second quarter to try and get her team back into the game against Marist on Wednesday night.
She scored eight points, grabbed two rebounds and had two steals to pull her team within 24-17. But that seemed to light a fire under the visiting RedHawks, who followed with a 10-0 run and an eventual 64-39 dominating win in both team's season opener.
"I was real pleased for the first game," said Marist coach Mary Pat Connolly, whose team led 22-9 early in the second quarter. "The effort was there, the rebounding was there. We'll just go back and work on the little things."
Leah Bolton started the run for the RedHawks (1-0) with a pair of 3-pointers. She led all scorers at the half with 14 points and finished with 20 on the night to go with seven steals. JeTaun Rouse also added 20 points, including 13 in the first half, to go with 10 rebounds. Lizzie Zaleski grabbed 13 boards for the RedHawks.
Rehberger led the Bandits (0-1) with a game-high 23 points, five rebounds and two steals. She was the only Bandits player in double figures.
"I thought the girls gave a great effort in the second quarter but I told the girls we needed that effort the entire game against a team like that," said Resurrection coach Keith Miniscalco, who returns four starters from a 14-15 team. "The good thing about playing a team like Marist is now we know right away what we have to work on."
Trailing 38-21 at the half, the Bandits outscored Marist 8-7 in the third quarter. The RedHawks pulled away in the fourth, starting that quarter with another 10-0 to take full command 56-29.
"Our defense got the tempo going and that's how we started all of our runs," Bolton said.
Bolton is one of two returning starters for the RedHawks. The other, Claire Ryan, is still out with an ACL injury and isn't expected back until mid-January.