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Defense carries Holy Cross to semis

Giuliana Mazza scored 17 points and Holy Cross held host Blue Ridge without a field goal for a stretch of 11:56 Tuesday night on the way to a 37-25 victory in the District 2 Class 2A girls basketball quarterfinals.

Jenna Luciani scored 10 points and Abby Thompson added 9 in the victory.

Mazza, Luciani and Thompson each made two 3-pointers.

Holy Cross (5-18) has gone 4-6 since starting 1-12. The Lady Crusaders advance to play at top-seeded Montrose Friday night in the semifinals. The Lady Meteors (18-4) had a quarterfinal bye.

Blue Ridge held Holy Cross scoreless for the first 4:48 and had leads of 4-0 and 6-2 in the first quarter.

The Lady Raiders were ahead, 6-5, after one quarter and only trailed 14-13 at halftime.

Libby Zick’s layup with 2:18 left in the second quarter lifted Blue Ridge into a 13-13 tie, but it was the last basket by the Raiders until Emma Button hit a 3-pointer with 6:22 remaining in the game.

Holy Cross held Blue Ridge scoreless for 1:00 while scoring 14 straight points for a 27-13 lead.

Button broke that drought by hitting the second of two free throws, but the Lady Crusaders scored the first five points of the fourth quarter for a 32-14 lead.

As the fifth seed in the six-team tournament, playing fourth-seeded Blue Ridge, Holy Cross was the only road team to win in the five girls games played on the first night of the District 2 playoffs.

The Lady Raiders finished 8-15.

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