Crusaders show improvement in loss

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NORTH WILDWOOD – The first time the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team played St. Joseph this season, the Crusaders were just plain whooped, losing 64-36 in Hammonton.

Catholic didn’t produce a complete turnaround when the teams met against Monday, but the team was certainly much more competitive.

The Crusaders hung with the Wildcats, certainly one of the Cape-Atlantic League’s better teams, until the waning moments of the game and this time fell by the much more respectable score of 40-33.

"I knew they weren't 28 points better than us," Crusader coach Vicki Dilmore said. "But it is tough to play up there. I'm glad we were in it all the way to the end this time."

Sophomore Olivia Rulon led Wildwood Catholic (8-8) with 14 points in the loss.

Twice in the last three minutes, Wildwood Catholic had the ball with a chance to cut into a seven-point lead but failed to score on both possessions.

The Crusaders are scheduled to host Bridgeton on Tuesday.

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