WHEELING - Weirton Madonna's girls basketball team may have played its worst offensive game of the season Tuesday afternoon in the semifinals of the Undo's Ohio Valley Catholic Tournament.
Fortunately, for Coach Don Ogden's Blue Dons, it could not have happened at a better time, coming in a 34-point blowout victory.
Madonna shot only 33 percent for the game, however, an outstanding defensive effort, which led to 28 turnovers and held Bishop Donahue to just four field goals, made the difference in a 48-14 rout at the Alma Grace McDonough Center on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.
Ogden's 5-1 Dons advance to tonight's 7:30 championship game while Coach Don Gillis' Bishops will play the consolation game at 4:30 p.m.
Madonna never trailed, scoring the initial seven points and never looking back. The Blue Dons led 13-6 after the first quarter and did not allow a field goal in the second to pull out to a 20-7 advantage at the break.
By the time Bishop Donahue did get its third field goal of the night, 4:07 was gone in the third quarter and the score had ballooned to 28-9. In all, the Bishops went 12:10 without a field goal and 5:51 without a point.
The lead ended up at 35-9 heading to the fourth. The Bishops finished with two field goals in the opening quarter and two combined in the final three.
"We just stink on offense," Gillis said. "We just cannot make a shot and we are horrible right now. I will take part of the blame for that for not pushing the girls hard enough in practice.
"But that is all going to change at practice on Thursday and we are going to start all over."
Senior Kaitlyn Conner paced Madonna with 13 points while classmate Melanie Mazur added nine and Sara Lyons contributed seven points and 12 rebounds.
The Dons led 39-25 off the glass and turned the ball over just 10 times.
"I am very pleased with our defense," Ogden said.
"But that is about the only aspect of our game (Tuesday) that I am. We have some good 3-point shooters, and I have no problem with their decisions to shoot them, but they just weren't falling.
"You are going to have bad nights on offense, but you have to go out and play defense and that was our key. You should never have a bad night on defense. I think we were a little tentative on offense early, but we stressed at the half forcing the issue and being aggressive."
Selena Ghaphery paced the Bishops with seven points.