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Gary's 3-point shooting inspires McCutcheon victory

Sophomore scores career-high 24 in romp over Jeff

12:00 AM, Jan. 02, 2013 EST

McCutcheon's Gabrielle Gary brings the ball up court against Central Catholic during the J&C Hoops Classic, in Lafayette, on Thursday, November 15, 2012. / Brent Drinkut/Journal & Courier

McCutcheon's athletic department recognized the Mavericks' 1992-93 girls basketball state runner-up at Wednesday's home game against county rival Lafayette Jeff, but the night belonged to Gabrielle Gary.

The Mavericks sophomore scored a career-high 24 points, making 7 of 9 3-pointers in a 56-36 victory over the Bronchos at Resler Gymnasium.

McCutcheon's scoreboard keeps individual player point totals, allowing Gary to watch as the tallies quickly showed 12 first-quarter points.

"I looked up (after the first quarter) and said, 'That's more than I average,' " Gary said. "As the game went on, I was just feeling it."

Gary made all four 3-pointers she attempted in the opening eight minutes, including one worthy of being played on ESPN's SportsCenter.

Gary chased a loose ball to the left corner and wildly threw it back inbounds over her head with her right hand. Gary alluded that the rim was "like a magnet" for her Wednesday, and it showed as her attempt to keep the ball inbounds resulted in it flying directly into the basket.

"I was on the bench and I was speechless," said McCutcheon point guard Kerstyn Lowery, who had 10 points, six assists and four steals.

What made Gary's career night more appealing to the Mavericks was the much-needed victory for a team that started four sophomores and has struggled to stay consistent for four quarters.

McCutcheon (4-9) won for the second time in its last three games after a five-game losing streak.

Contributions came from across the lineup. Tori Blumling scored seven points. Claire Weideman scored six points off the bench, and Becca Spitalniak and Sydney Tracer each pulled down four rebounds.

"This win was on our checklist. It is nice to get that win," said Gary, who added a team-high five rebounds.

While it was a celebratory night for the Mavericks, it was another struggle for the Bronchos (2-11), who lost their ninth straight.

Erin West scored 14 points, and Carlie Hinkel added 10 points and five rebounds.

The Bronchos -- playing without point guard Aliyia Kind, who was serving the first of a five-game suspension -- were within 9-7 late in the first quarter before Gary hit a pair of 3s in a 45-second span to extend the lead to 15-8. McCutcheon never got closer than three the rest of the night.

"That was the most disappointing part of the night," Jeff coach Geoff Salmon said. "We talked about (Gary's 3-point shooting) the first two timeouts. Ball awareness and communication just wasn't very good at all, and we paid for it."




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