Monday night, St. Rose applied what it recouped from that stinging setback. Playing with poise under extreme pressure, with each component offering something different and crucial to a concerted cause, the fifth-seeded Purple Roses galvanized in the face of an early deficit, courageously countered and staved off a late challenge from top-seeded St. John Vianney to pull out a satisfying 47-43 victory in the semifinals of the NJSIAA South Jersey, Non-Public A tournament before a standing-room-only audience.
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“It was hard because we got too confident that we were up and going to win (in the SCT semis) that we let up and when she took that shot, it was really devastating,” St. Rose senior forward Lucy Thomas said. “Our coach said it’s not the end of the world, we can still face them in states, which we did. We just didn’t pout, we didn’t give up, and we fought together.”