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Holy Redeemer, MMI Prep Girls Basketball Teams Respond to Blowout Game

WILKES-BARRE — It was a light crowd at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre as the boys varsity basketball team faced off against the basketball team...

WILKES-BARRE -- It was a light crowd at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre as the boys varsity basketball team faced off against the basketball team from MMI Prep.

But it was the blowout game the night before between the two schools' girls varsity basketball teams that had players on those teams talking.

Monday night, Redeemer beat MMI Prep at Prep's home game in Freeland by 125 -13.

The Lady Royals said the starters were pulled from the game once the gap in points became obvious.

“We stopped pressing in the first quarter and we put our subs in and out, and they were in the whole second half. We couldn't do anything else,” said Redeemer junior Sara Flannelly.

During afternoon practice, Prep's coach praised her girls for their spirit, saying there are only seven members on the team, four of whom are freshmen.

"I say, to their credit, they're here every day. They chose to be here. They have shirts that say 'Seven Strong,'" said MMI coach Patty Medvecky. “We knew from the beginning of our season that we were going to have seven players and they chose to be part of that team and support the school and represent their school. I think that they're doing a very good job representing our school and I'm proud of them.”

“I'm just proud of us because not one person who came to the game last night can say that we gave up that entire game. We played our hearts out,” said MMI captain Rachel Stanziola. “I'm proud of every single one of us on this team.”

“We feel bad, but it comes to a point where we didn't ask to be put in this division. We didn't ask to be as good as we are. It just happened. There's nothing we can do about it except play our game,” said Redeemer senior Alexis Lewis.

The two teams are scheduled to face each other again next month.