O'FALLON, MO. • Cardinal Ritter junior guard Brit'Nee Terry said the memory gets more distant with each passing game.
An injured knee ligament late in her sophomore season has healed, but the thought of it still lingers for the 5-foot-8 Lions guard.
“It does feel good to be back, I was a little shaky at first, but I am back to my game now,” Terry said. “It feels good to be back with my team. My teammates have been very helpful, helping me come back and getting me into my game.”
Terry's comeback continued Thursday at O'Fallon Christian in an Archdiocesan Athletics Association Small Division game.
She led the Lions with 14 points in a 56-10 victory.
“Getting her acclimated to the offense, getting her acclimated to the team chemistry and where she fits in, is important,” Cardinal Ritter coach Darren Wade said. “It does play a big role in what we're trying to do.”
One place where Terry has fit right in is on defense.
Ritter (5-0 overall, 3-0 conference, No. 10 in STLhighschoolsports.com small-schools rankings) hounded O'Fallon Christian (3-3, 1-2) at every turn, forcing an abundance of turnovers and contested shots.
After holding just an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, Ritter didn't allow a point in the second quarter, for 10 minutes and 53 seconds in total and didn't allow the Eagles to reach double digits until late in the final quarter.
“Our chemistry is better. But we still have a lot of things to improve upon,” Lions junior point guard Kori Tomlin said. “We've always been a defense-first team. We take pride in it.”
In addition to Terry's effort, junior guard Ryann Haynes added 12 points on four 3-pointers in the second half.
Seniors Kourtney Markham and Abby King each scored four points for O'Fallon Christian.
Wade said even though Cardinal Ritter is still unbeaten, it still has a lot of work to do in order to achieve its main goal.
He pointed to wins in Alabama to open the season and future tests against Jefferson City, Whitfield, Incarnate Word and St. Joseph's as important tests.
“We did not play with composure in the districts last year against Lutheran North and that's what we're working toward this season,” Wade said. “We're going to get tested by some very good teams and we will have to work hard to execute and maintain composure. These games will give us a chance to prepare ourselves to do that when we need it the most. We're playing good right now, but we still have a long way to go. All of those teams will be big tests we will have to get ready for in order to be successful down the road.”
By Jim Faasen | STLhighschoolsports.com