After going 5-17 during the regular season, Guerin Catholic girls basketball coach Dave Roth and the Lady Golden Eagles view postseason play as a clean slate. 

One they’re not just going to take game-by-game, but eight minutes at a time. 

“We’re trying to approach it one quarter at a time,” Roth said. “We’ve had some really good halves over the season, but getting four quarters put together …. we’ve had difficulty.” 

In Guerin’s first round matchup of the Class 3A Sectional 27 tourney, a convincing 39-10 win over Brebeuf Jesuit Prep, the Golden Eagles were able to put four solid quarters together. 

While the offense stalled at times, that didn’t keep Guerin from staying strong defensively and making the high IQ plays. 

Similar to the two teams’ matchup Jan. 19, a game Guerin won 55-26, the Golden Eagles were able to claim an early edge. This time, Guerin held Brebeuf to just four points in the first — the Braves’ highest scoring quarter of the game — and after one the Golden Eagles led by six. 

Guerin continued to apply heavy defensive pressure in the second, outscoring Brebeuf 13-2, to take a 23-6 lead into the locker room. Guerin forced 30 Brebeuf turnovers in the game, which was just two less than the number of shot attempts the Braves had all night. Brebeuf made 4-of-32 from the field as a team, including 0-10 from behind the arc. 

Both offenses came to a halt in the second half, with Guerin holding Brebeuf scoreless in the third and to another four-point output in the fourth. The Golden Eagles intentionally slowed their pace down after the half and worked their offensive sets. 

Sophomore Nicole Cunningham led Guerin in points, and outscored Brebeuf by herself, with a game-high 13 on 4-of-9 shooting. Cunningham also connected on three of Guerin’s five 3-pointers. 

As a team, Guerin went 15-of-44 (34 percent) from the field and 4-of-9 (44 percent) at the foul line. 

Senior Sydney Geis finished second on the Golden Eagles in scoring with eight points to go along with three rebounds and an assist. Freshman Claire Sawyer led Guerin in assists with three dimes, and freshman Olivia Labus pulled down a game-high seven boards. 

Brebeuf actually out rebounded Guerin, 30-20, and were led by Gabby Godbout’s seven. Nia-Hyatt Eldosougi finished with a team-high four points for the Braves. 

Guerin (6-17) will take on Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter (14-10) Friday at 7:30. The game is scheduled to be played at Brebeuf. 

The Golden Eagles and the Raiders didn’t play during the regular season, but Roth knows his team will have their hands full. 

“Ritter is a very disciplined team,” Roth said. “It’s going to take a lot for us to stay with them and keep them under control.” 

Ritter advanced to the semis with a 70-35 win over Indianapolis Broad Ripple Wednesday night.