“We have been doing a great job of getting out on our fast-break these last couple of games and once we get to running we’ve been getting a lot of layups,” Goretti coach Avery Casey said. “I think the girls realize we can run continuously, so we tried to do it early.”
After Goretti went on a 6-0 run to forge ahead 27-9, after Matsko went to the bench with her second foul with 5:25 left, she returned with 3:05 left until intermission and the Sailors went on a 9-0 run to end the half.
Obi made a layup and fed Matsko for a three-pointer and Obi canned four free throws and the Sailors trailed 27-18 at half.
“That’s what I love about this team, even when we are down by 40, we are still playing as hard as we can,” said Matsko, who will play college basketball at Carnegie Mellon University.
“I’m going to miss this team so much and playing basketball in high school," Matsko said. "It’s not as sad because I’m playing in college, but I love this team and I’m going to miss them so much.”
Goretti scored the first seven points of the third quarter and never looked back.
When Armstrong looks back at the two years she coached Matsko, who transferred from St. Paul’s for her junior season, the coach had nothing but glowing memories.
“She was our only experienced player coming back and she has just been a tremendous leader,” Armstrong said. “She will talk to them in the huddles, she will talk to them in practice, she watches film non-stop, she’s just a consummate teammate. She took over, when Anya went down with the ACL, she literally helped train these other girls.”
The Sailors struggled for two weeks when Matsko was out around the holidays with a hamstring injury, but they were on a three-game winning streak before the loss to Goretti.
In the first game of the streak, during the 8th annual Pink Out game, Matsko spearheaded a 39-28 victory over Mercy with 10 points, 12 rebounds, 8 steals and 3 assists.