Monday, January 5, 2004
By Susan Hall
Last year, the Villagers girl’s basketball team from Our Lady of Mercy Academy had a tough season. The team had won a total of three games and was looking not to repeat that way of play. Today, the Villagers had a chance to surpass last year’s win total just five games into their young season. The Lady Villagers were playing host to Moorestown Friends who was looking for their first win of the season. Mary Lorenz was able to lead Old Lady of Mercy Academy’s charge during the second quarter to turn a one-point deficit into a twelve-point halftime lead. The Villagers would go on to the 45-26 victory behind Lorenz’s game high twelve points.
Not too many people are familiar with OLMA as they are one of those South Jersey teams that get little coverage. Our Lady of Mercy Academy is a Catholic, accredited, college preparatory school for young women of the South Jersey area. Rooted in the Gospel message of Jesus and inspired by the vision of Saint Mary Joseph Rossello, OLMA provides opportunities for each student to reach her intellectual, spiritual and social potential through a challenging academic curriculum and a diverse extracurricular program. Their winter sports include just basketball and swimming.
The Villagers opened up their season with a win over Buena in a Cape-Atlantic Conference match up. During their next game, they would lose a high scoring battle against Millville. For that point on, they are riding a three game winning streak with their victory today. OLMA stayed one step in front of Moorestown Friends during the second half to pick up the much-deserved win. Meghan O’Donnell dominated the boards for the Villagers. Akemi Moriuchi and her game high 12 points led the Foxes from Moorestown Friends.
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