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The Bradford Area High Lady Owls used the foul line to hand the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders a 35-30 setback in a District Nine League game played at the Aaron J. Straub Gym on the Elk Catholic Campus on Tuesday evening. The Lady Owls were outscored from the field 27 to 20, but used a 15-for-22 night at the foul line to pull out a five-point victory over the Lady Crusaders.
"Offensively we picked up where we left off last game, not being able to put the ball in the hoop," said Ken Pistner, head coach of the Lady Crusaders. "The last three games we have been shooting terrible, both from the floor and the field. Coming into the last three games, we were on a nine-game winning streak and shooting the ball well, but all of a sudden we just can't make a bucket.
"First-half turnovers really hurt us tonight as we turned the ball over 22 times in the first two quarters, but only eight times in the second half. Despite turning the ball over offensively, our defensive play kept us in the game as we only allowed the Lady Owls 17 first-half points. I was very pleased with our defense, as the girls really played well. We only gave up 35 points, but when you shoot as poorly as we have been, it really puts extra pressure on the defense.
"We are going to have to turn our shooting around quickly or we will be in trouble with the start of the District Nine playoffs beginning next week. We really have a good ball club, as we have beaten some really good teams this season. We just have to turn our shooting around."
Abbi Petrosky finished as the leading scorer for the Lady Crusaders with 11 points on four field goals and three foul goals. She also led the lead in rebounds with five. Karly Carnovale was next with five points, followed by Ellie Petrosky and Lexie Meholic with four points each and Maggie Sorg, Taylor DaCanal and Emily Gregory with two points each. Gregory also checked in with four rebounds.
The Bradford Lady Owls were led in scoring by Kaserra Owens with 12 points on two field goals and an 8-for-12 night at the line. Alex Vinelli checked in with eight points, followed by Emily Marshall and Ali Rinfrette with six points each, and Haley Vinelli with three points.
Elk Catholic took the early lead in the game when A. Petrosky scored the opening field goals. Rinfrette tied the game, but E. Petrosky and Gregory both scored for Elk, 6-2. H. Vinelli and A. Petrosky exchanged foul goals, then Carnovale hit a field goal to put Elk up by a 9-3 score. Bradford came back with two straight field goals, but Sorg and Meholic scored for the Lady Crusaders to make the score 13-7 at the end of the first period.
The Lady Owls scored the first eight points of the second quarter to take a 15-13 lead over the Lady Crusaders. DaCanal scored the first and only points for the Lady Crusaders at the 2:40 mark to tie the game at 15-all. Bradford's Owen then scored just before the quarter ended to give the Lady Owls a 17-15 halftime lead.
Carnovale opened the second half with a trey, then E. Petrosky hit a field goal to give Elk a 20-17 lead. Bradford then scored the next six points to take a 23-20 lead. A. Petrosky cut the lead to 23-22, then Marshall hit a foul goal to end the third-quarter scoring. The Lady Owls took a 24-22 lead into the final period.
Meholic tied the game at 24-24. Owens put the Lady Owls up by one, 25-24, but A. Petrosky scored to give Elk County the lead back at 26-25. Bradford put the next four points on the board to take a 29-26 lead. A. Petrosky hit two foul goals and a field goal to put Elk back in front, 30-29. The Lady Owls then scored the final six points of the game to win by a 35-30 score.
Last night was Senior Parents Night, as the senior cheerleaders and basketball players were honored in a special pre-game ceremony.
Elk turned the ball over 30 times in the game while the Bradford girls had 28 turnovers.
Elk County Catholic finished out the regular season with a 15-7 record and a 5-5 record in the District Nine League.
The Lady Crusaders, 5-1 in the AML North, will play on Friday evening in the semifinals of the AML championship tournament. They will play at either DuBois Central Catholic or Brockway. Kane will battle either DuBois Central or Brockway in the other game, with the winners meeting on Saturday evening at the Dutch Oven at St. Marys Area High School.
The Lady Crusaders will also enter the District Nine A playoffs next week.
Bradford Area 35
Emily Marshall 2-0-2-4-6, Alex Vinelli 2-0-4-4-8, Ali Rinfrette 3-0-0-0-6, Alyssa Ekas 0-0-0-0-0, Kaserra Owens 2-0-8-12-12, Haley Vinelli 1-0-1-2-3. Totals 10-0-15-22-35.
Abbi Petrosky 4-0-3-8-11, Maggie Sorg 1-0-0-0-2, Lexie Meholic 2-0-0-0-4,
Taylor DaCanal 1-0-0-0-2, Ellie Petrosky 2-0-0-0-4, Anna Hawkins 0-0-0-0-0, Kristie Hanes 0-0-0-0-0, Emily Gregory 1-0-0-2-2, Karly Carnovale 1-1-0-0-5. Totals 12-1-3-14-30.
Score by quarters
Bradford 7 10 7 11 35
ECCHS 13 2 7 8 30
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders closed out their season on Tuesday evening with a 12-10 victory over the Bradford Lady Owls. The Lady Crusaders finished the season with a 13-9 record.
The Crusaders took a 4-3 first-period lead, but the Lady Owls came back to outscore the Lady Crusaders 7-1 in the second period to take a 10-5 lead. The Lady Crusaders shut out the Lady Owls in the third quarter, 4-0, to cut the lead to 10-9. In the final period Elk again shut out the Lady Owls, 3-0, to win the game by a 12-10 score.
Bradford scoring: Angie Comilla 1, Payton Ambrose 5, Lesy Pascarella 2, Miranda Wilson 2.
Elk Catholic scoring: Marla Scacchitti 2, Chiara Genevro 4, Michelle Imbrogno 3, Michaela Cashmer 0, Maria Scacchitti 0, Morgan Onink 3, Rachel Stauffer 0, Stef Zimmerman 0, Haley DaCanal 0, Kayla Weis 0.