ST. CHARLES • Whatever was on Katie Crippin's plate, Visitation Academy coaches should think about sharing it with the squad.
Tied early in the second half against host Duchesne, the Vivettes were looking for someone to step forward and give the team a boost.
So the 6-foot center obliged.
With Crippin providing key buckets -- she scored eight of her game-high 20 points in the third period -- Viz used a suffocating press to propel it to a 57-40 victory in the season-opener for both teams.
"I don't know, I guess it was something I ate today," said Crippin, who averaged 8.4 points last season. "I was hitting shots. I had a good night."
Viz, which returned five starters from a 20-7 squad, was looking for a fast start from top returning scorer Jenn Dynis. The 5-11 junior had just five in the first half, but picked up her game in the second and wound up with 15.
Duchesne got a team-high 12 points from Melissa Eisenbath and 11 from Abby Schroeder. It also got seven rebounds apiece from Schroeder, Melissa Eisenbath and Janelle Eisenbath.
Neither team opened up more than a five-point lead during the first half. But all that changed in the third quarter when the Vivettes scored 23 -- including 17 in a row -- to take control. Visitation's run started with a conventional three-point play from Holly Lanham, and included five steals, eight points from Crippin, a 3-pointer by Caroline Cantalin and a layup and free throw from Dynis.
"We just switched up the way we were pressing," said Viz coach Paul Stoecklin, who went to a half-court trap. "We like to press about four different ways. The first two ways in the first half we had a little bit of success, but nothing to brag about. So we showed them a new look, and most of them was on the press."
Stoecklin said Dynis, the team's leading scorer last season at 12.2 points per game, will draw a lot of attention from teams.
"When she was a freshman or sophomore she'd get doubled and tripled and she'd still want to keep fighting through that. She did a great job tonight of just taking what the defense gave her. When she got doubled, she'd kick out to our other players."
Duchesne first-year coach Monica Steinoff was alarmed at the effectiveness of Viz's press.
"Third quarter got us again," Steinoff said. "What'd we score, two points? (they actually got six). Half-court trap, my favorite trap of all, and I get beat on my own trap.
"Halftime was awesome. We come out the third quarter, and I'm like, what is going on? We'll have to work on that.
During the Viz run, Duchesne missed seven shots in a row from the field.
"We went real cold in the third," she said. "We went cold the rest of the game. We weren't hitting anything. We never really shoot on that end of the court. The boys practice over there."
Duchesne's next game is Tuesday against Zumwalt West in the Marquette Tournament. Viz opens its home season Tuesday against Hazelwood East.