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Providence Catholic's Karly Tinervia (from left) battles for a rebound with Queen of Peace's Courtnee Williams and Hannah Lipman during their basketball game in Burbank Monday, November 26, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Last season a lot of Providence’s offense success came from the second-highest scorer in the school’s history, Cassidy Glenn.
It’s a whole new ballgame in 2012-13.
The Celtics defeated host Queen of Peace 43-36 Monday with contributions from 10 different players. None finished in double figures.
“We don’t know our offensive identity yet,” Celtics coach Eileen Copenhaver said. “We used to lean on Cassidy so much the last couple of years. When we start to take things... slow things down a little bit and take shots that are right for the offense, we’ll figure something out here.”
Mary Fashingbauer had eight points and seven rebounds, Alyssa Jurges scored seven points, and Alex Shermulis and Karly Tinervia netted six points each for the Celtics (3-4).
Hannah Lipman was a dominator for Queen of Peace (2-4) with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Kaitlyn McCarthy contributed 10 points.
It was a game that Providence had to grind out defensively.
The Celtics, who didn’t score their first points of the night until Jurges hit a three-pointer with 2:34 left in the first period, trailed by as much as 17-7. Spurred by three-point play and a turnaround jumper by Fashingbauer, they used a 12-0 run to get back in it.
The Pride, however, didn’t roll over.
When Lipman drained a three-pointer early in the third period, Peace found itself in front 25-19. The game was tied at 32-32 with 6:09 showing in the fourth quarter before the Celtics parlayed a three-point play by Shermulis into an 8-0 run that got the job done.
Shermulis scored all six of her points in the fourth period. But she was not alone. Several others chipped in.
“We need other scorers to step up on our team,” Shermulis said. “Mary (Fashingbauer) has definitely been one of them. We’re trying to make up like 20 points a game (from Glenn). I think we’re finding it, slowly.”
Peace, 5-23 last season, appears in turnaround mode under second-year coach Mike Valente.
“We’re really focusing on working the ball,” Lipman said. “We’re trying to work on fundamentals, and I think it’s very important that we do work from the ground up, get good passes and work for good shots. We want to do better and we want it to be different.”