ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Teams playing against River know they must contain sophomore dandy Jensen Caretti.
Knowing and doing are completely different things as the host Lady Red Devils learned Wednesday evening.
Caretti did a little bit of everything on both ends of the floor as the Lady Pilots ran their record to 4-0 with a 57-46 victory against St. Clairsville.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S Carlee Gillespie goes up for a shot as River’s Gabby Goudy defends during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game in St. Clairsville. Looking on is official Phil Lewton. The Lady Pilots won. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
The 6-0 sophomore, who showed her inside and outside talents, scored 27 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and rejected four shots.
"We knew Caretti was good and I am not even going to try to make excuses ... she's just good," St. C. head coach Alicia Freeman said.
River head coach Rick Isaly sleeps well at night knowing most nights out, he's going to have the best player on the floor on his team.
"Jensen was pretty good tonight and I believe as she continues to figure the little things, about the game, out, she's going to be even better," Isaly said. "She intimidates people inside (defensively) and she's really unselfish on offense and she's making the other players better, which is a sign of a good player."
The course of the game proved that as Caretti goes, the Lady Pilots go. She got off to a slow start with just one field goal in the opening quarter and St. C. owned a 10-8 lead at the first break.
In the second quarter, however, Caretti got untracked and her teammates followed suit. River outscored the Lady Devils, 18-11 in the second behind 10 from Caretti.
St. Clairsville, which was never able to put together a lengthy spurt, scored the first five points of the third quarter to knot the game at 26. But, River scored 13 of the final 20 for a 39-33 edge after three.
"I am proud of our team because they hustled and did the little things well, but the difference in the game was the one thing we couldn't control, and that's our shots falling," Freeman said. "We battled and battled, but we couldn't get shots to fall. I thought both teams played well defensively."
River opened the fourth quarter with a triple from senior Gabby Goudy and St. Clairsville was never able to get closer than seven the rest of the way.
"This was a great road win over a really good team," said Isaly. "I am excited for the girls because this is a really good group of young kids who are starting to learn to play together and they're really hustling on defense."
River salted the game away with a sharp 9-of-11 showing at the foul line in the fourth chapter.
Caretti's scoring was complemented by Devyn Potts' nine. Goudy and Haylee Bowers evenly divided 14.
St. Clairsville, which is now 2-1 and plays tonight at Harrison Central, got strong play from Lauren Figura, who went for 18 points. Carlee Gillespie added 12 and Anna DeFilippo notched eight.
River posted a sweep with a 28-9 victory in the reserve game.
RIVER (57) - Caretti 10, 7-8 27; Goudy 2, 2-3 7; Ramsay 1, 0-0 3; Potts 1, 7-8 9; Bowers 1, 5-8 7; Caldwell 1, 2-4 4; Totals: 16, 23-31 57. ST. CLAIRSVILLE (46) - Mick 0, 0-2 0; Gillespie 5, 0-0 12; DeFilippo 2, 3-4 8; St. Clair 3, 1-2 7; Figura 4, 9-10 18; Cenkus 0, 1-4 1; Totals: 14, 14-22 46.
3-point Goals: R - Ramsay. St. C. - DeFilippo, Gillespie (2), Figura.
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