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Hilltoppers know their role: Puwalski’s 17 points, Robinson’s clutch plays lead Mary Louis over rival Molloy – QNS.com

Hilltoppers know their role: Puwalski’s 17 points, Robinson’s clutch plays lead Mary Louis over rival Molloy

By Dylan Butler

“That's the thing, I've been saying the whole entire year,” Lewinger said. “Everyone thinks we're a one-girl team.”Burakoski, the St. John's-bound junior, was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, but Mary Louis still pulled out a pivotal 51-45 win at Archbishop Molloy Monday night, thanks to a supporting cast that stepped up in crunch time.That includes freshman Karin Robinson, who scored on a huge baseline runner to extend the Hilltoppers lead back to nine after Molloy (6-4, 0-1 B/Q Division I) opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run. Her steal led to an uncontested layup by Kelly Puwalski (17 points, eight rebounds, three steals) with 50 seconds left to seal Mary Louis' first win at Archbishop Molloy in seven years.”It was very important for us to prove it because we waited so long to prove it,” Robinson said. “It would have been a waste of time for us to come this far and not win.”And then there was sophomore Andrea Busch, who had a big foul-line jumper after a turnover, and Ollieanna Burke, whose layup with 4:35 left was the Hilltoppers' first points of the quarter.Burakoski never went off, but she did finish with 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Then again, no one shot particularly well for Mary Louis (6-4, 1-0) – the Hilltoppers shot 27 percent from the field for the game.”Throughout the game all of us made mistakes, I had some stupid fouls,” Burakoski said. “But in the end the whole team stepped up. It wasn't just, 'Give Amanda the ball, make sure Buzz has it.' Everyone got involved.”Manhattan-bound Kerri White led Molloy with 18 points and four rebounds, but the Stanners shot just 21 percent from the field for the game and were 23-of-36 from the foul line.”It definitely wasn't our best game,” White said. “We didn't play to our advantages on the court. It killed us. We couldn't rebound, we couldn't hit a shot.”With a lot of hype surrounding this league opener between the two rivals, neither team played particularly well in a sloppy first half in front of a packed house inside tiny Capt. Anthony J. Marsloe Gymnasium.Lewinger wasn't worried despite his team shooting a paltry 15 percent from the field before halftime. Molloy didn't shoot much better at 17 percent.”There were no X's and O's [at halftime],” Lewinger said. “We told them very simply, 'your shots will fall.' Good teams will make their shots. It was a very relaxed halftime up there.”Reach Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at news@TimesLedger.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 143.

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