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Mount de Sales tops Mercy in 8th annual Pink Out game

Mount de Sales senior Megan Matsko had 10 points, 12 rebounds, 8 steals and 3 assists to lead the host Sailors (8-10, 5-4 conference) to a 39-28 win over Mercy in the 8th annual Pink Out game.

Freshman Harper Eudy made her first start and led the Sailors in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference game with 14 points, including four three-pointers.

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Mercy (8-5, 2-4 conference) was led by sophomore Taylor Gilmore (9 points) and freshman McKenna Carroll (7).

Mount de Sales JV coach Nancy Lukowski orchestrated the 8th annual event that raised money for the St. Agnes Breast Cancer Center.

“The kids helped her, but Nancy spearheaded it, Nancy did a ton of work,” Mount de Sales varsity coach Trish Armstrong said.

They had delicious baked goods, a gift card wall donated by player’s families, a raffle and wall of hearts.

Lukowski estimated this year’s event will raise around $2,000.

Players, coaches and fans sported long-sleeved pink T-shirts with the word Fight on the front and Annual Pink Out 2020 on the back.

Two fans wearing the shirts proudly were Mike Sauter and his daughter Katie.

Katie, one of four kids along with her sister Megan and brothers Danny and Eric, started the Pink Out game in honor of her mom, Carol, who passed away from breast cancer on April 6, 2012.

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Katie and Megan both attended Mount de Sales.

Mike Sauter, who has coached many of the Mount de Sales kids through the years, is a repeat spectator.

“I’ve been here every year,” he said.

One of his former players was Matsko, who does everything on the court.

In addition to handling the press and running the point, she is also the team’s top scorer, rebounder and leader in floor burns.

“She is the real deal and she is a great captain,” Armstrong said. “They (younger players) will look up to her and she will speak up in the huddles.”

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Against Mercy, Mount de Sales held the Magic to 12 field goals.

In the first quarter Matsko had four steals and the Sailors took a 7-4 lead on a three-pointer by Eudy.

“We knew we were rebuilding with a new squad this year, we make a few mistakes here and there, but I think that (defense) is our bread and butter, until we get these young kids confident shooting,” Armstrong said.

Mercy cut the deficit to one, 7-6, after two free throws by Gilmore with 21 seconds left.

In the second quarter, Matsko had three offensive rebounds and a big assist to Eudy for a three-pointer with 1:15 left that stretched the lead to 18-12.

“She (Eudy) has been coming on for us, but she is a freshman, but we knew she could shoot and we just conditioned her to take a shot and they found her too,” Armstrong said.

Eudy had another trey earlier in the quarter and Charlotte McCauslin also banked in a three-pointer in the quarter.

Mercy’s Carroll had four of her five blocked shots and five points in the first half to keep the Magic within striking distance, but they trailed 20-13 at the half.

The shooting woes continued in the third quarter for the Magic who only made two field goals and a free throw and trailed 26-18.

“We’ve been working a lot on shooting, shooting off the dribble if the three is not working, what else can you do to get yourself in a better shooting place, maybe getting to the free-throw line, we’ve talked all about that, we’ve worked on it,” Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion said.

What the Magic couldn’t do was slow down Matsko, who missed 14 days over the holiday break with a hamstring injury.

In the third quarter, Matsko scored four points, had four rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.

Her putback with 3:41 gave the Sailors a 24-16 lead, which Mercy cut to 26-18 at the break after a late bucket by Annabelle Hafner.

That was the closest the Magic got the rest of the night.

Matsko and Jordan Harris pushed the lead to 30-18 and Nnenna Obi answered a fast-break basket by Gilmore with a three-pointer for a 33-20 lead with 5:15 left in the game.

Mercy tried to press, but its failure to score and Matsko’s solid ball-handling made that difficult.

“We are a very young team,” Marion said. “Six of our 11 are sophomores and freshmen. When they have been used to putting a lot of points in the baskets earlier, now we are just struggling.”

The Sailors only returning varsity player with experience is Matsko, since junior co-captain Anya Walker is out after knee surgery for a torn ACL.

“When Megan went out we took like four losses and that hurt us, but they are getting better every day,” Armstrong said. “It’s gaining the confidence of these younger players out there.”

Their work ethic has also been on display every day at practice and after practice when the players stick around an extra half hour to shoot.

“Half of them want to shoot more, like they are hungry, they want to get better and they are, they are getting better,” Armstrong said.

Meanwhile, Marion is just hoping to get more stability.

“They’ve got the skills, they’ve shown us they can do it, it’s just putting it together consistently is what it is, being more consistent,” she said.

Scoring

Mount de Sales 39

Harper Eudy 14, Megan Matsko 10, Emma Wallace 2, Michelle Parker 2, Nnenna Obi 4, Charlotte McCauslin 3, Jordan Harris 4.

Mercy 28

Taylor Gilmore 9, McKenna Carroll 7, Lauren Panageotou 4, Annabelle Hafner 4, Olivia Liszt 4.

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