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Barry’s all-around game helps Mt. St. Mary to runner-up at Emerling Tourney

Samantha Barry’s scoring ability is easily identified by looking at a Mount St. Mary’s box score.

Her knack for pulling down rebounds is a close second. Heck, she’ll routinely sprinkle in some assists, blocks, and steals, too.

But, Barry’s overall game goes far beyond just her packed stat line.

Her impact at both ends of floor can only be fully understood by watching her for a full 32 minutes.

“Literally, she gives 100 percent every single day from whistle-to-whistle,” said Mount St. Mary girls basketball coach Marissa Hartman. “Every practice, any game she’s always there to work, she’s always there to learn. Any coach would be lucky to have her.”

Well, Hartman does have her and uses the versatile Barry at the small forward spot.

She’s quick enough to drive passed defenders; she’s tall enough to post them up. If that wasn’t enough, her jump shot isn’t too shabby either.

“That’s why I put her at the three,” Hartman noted. “She’s kind of all over the place. She can shoot from the outside and finish on the inside. She’s just always doing whatever she needs to do.”

Barry displayed her ability at the Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament hosted by Springville.

In the Championship game of the tournament playing against Springville, she scored Mount St. Mary’s first 8 points of the game in the first quarter.

Despite falling to Springville, Barry scored a team-high 10 points and earned all-tournament team honors. In Mount St. Mary’s tournament opener, Barry scored 19 points in a 69-33 win over West Valley.

Samantha was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Julia Fleming. Fleming scored 19 against West Valley and 6 against Springville.

“She’s a smart player,” said Hartman about Fleming. “She gets where she needs be and gets in good position to get rebounds. She’s not afraid to shoot the ball. She’s just a strong offensive and defensive player.”

Barry and Fleming led the Thunder to a 1-1 record during the tournament. In the tournament championship, Mount St. Mary stumbled in the fourth quarter as they fell 52-34.

The Thunder trailed by four early in the fourth quarter but Springville would go on a back-breaking 16-2 run to end the game.

“I think that our confidence kind of got to us,” said Hartman regarding Springville’s late run. “We were missing shots, going for steals and not getting them.

“We were getting some fouls on us here and it just kind of got our confidence down. [These girls] just keep trucking away and pushing themselves. I really can’t complain.”
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