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DuBOIS - The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders jumped out to an early lead on Friday evening in the AML semifinal game against the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals and never looked back, as they won by a 40-29 score to advance to the championship game tonight at St. Marys Area.
The Elk Catholic girls were the No. 2 team out to the AML North and the DuBois Central Catholic girls were the No. 1 team out of the AML South.
"I was really happy with the way we played tonight as we beat a very good DuBois Catholic squad on their home floor," said Ken Pistner, ECCHS head coach. "We started out really strong tonight and because of that start, I was able to use all 12 of our players, giving our starting group some breathers throughout the game.
"I was very happy with the way our bench people played tonight, as they were able to hold the lead that the starters had built. I felt we moved the ball around very well tonight and had a little better shot selection.
"We are looking forward to playing tonight against the Kane Lady Wolves for the AML Title."
Emily Gregory led the Lady Crusaders in scoring on Friday with eight points on four field goals. She was followed by Lexie Meholic with seven points on three field goals and a foul goal. Karly Carnovale checked in with six points, followed by Anna Hawkins with five, Maggie Sorg and Taylor DaCanal with four each and Abbi Petrosky, Morgan Onink and Kristie Hanes with two each to round out the ECCHS scoring.
DuBois Central's Lauresa Gulvas was the leading scorer in the game with 10 points on two field goals and two treys. Miller Hopkins had eight points for the Lady Cardinals, followed by Aundrea Snyder with four, Alyssa Marchioni with three, Kylee Schaffer and Megan Witherow with two each.
The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Cardinals 35-26 from the field and 5-3 from the foul line.
DaCanal put the Lady Crusaders up 2-0 early in the opening period, with Hopkins tying the game a short time later with a layup. Gregory then scored on a layup, followed by a foul goal by Karnovale, a field goal by A. Petrosky, a trey by Carnovale and a field goal by Meholic to give the Lady Crusaders a 14-2 lead. The Lady Cardinals scored the next four points, 14-6, but the Lady Crusaders came back with consecutive field goals by Gregory, DaCanal and Hanes to make it 20-6. The Lady Cardinals connected on one of two foul goals at the end of the period to make the score 20-7 after one full period.
The second quarter turned out to be a low-scoring affair, as neither team shot really well. Meholic and Gregory scored the first two buckets of the period to make it 24-7. DuBois Central's Snyder hit a field goal halfway through the period to make it 24-9. Elk Catholic's Hawkins then scored the final three points of the period to give the Lady Crusaders a 27-9 halftime lead.
The third quarter turned out to be an evenly played period thanks to two treys near the end of the period by Gulvas of DuBois Central. Gregory and Sorg hit the first two field goals of the period, 31-9, then Marchioni scored for the Lady Cardinals, 31-11. Meholic and Snyder exchanged field goals then Hawkins added two foul goals and Onink a field goal to give Elk Catholic a 37-13 lead with about a minute left in the period. In the closing minute Gulvas hit back-to-back treys to cut the Elk Catholic lead to 18 points, 37-19, at the end of three periods.
In the final period, the Lady Cardinals scored the first two buckets to cut the lead to 14 points, 37-23. Sorg scored to push the lead back to 16 points, 39-23. Two foul goals and a field goal cut the lead to 39-27. Meholic hit a foul goal and Schaffer of DuBois CC a foul goal in the closing minutes to end the scoring in the game, with Elk County winning by a 40-29 score.
Elk County Catholic is now 17-6 on the season and will take on the Kane Area Lady Wolves this evening at 6 p.m. at St. Marys Area for the AML championship. The ECCHS Crusaders will take on Ridgway in the 8 p.m. game for the boys championship.
The Crusaders had 25 turnovers in the game, while the DuBois Central squad had 22 turnovers.
Elk County Catholic 40
Abbi Petrosky 1-0-0-0-2, Maggie Sorg 2-0-0-0-4, Lexie Meholic 3-0-1-4-7, Taylor DaCanal 2-0-0-0-4, Michelle Imbrogno 0-0-0-2-0, Ellie Petrosky 0-0-0-0-0, Morgan Onink 1-0-0-0-2, Anna Hawkins 1-0-3-4-5, Kristie Hanes 1-0-0-0-2, Emily Gregory 4-0-0-0-8, Helen Danz 0-0-0-0-0, Karly Carnovale 1-1-1-2-6. Totals 16-1-5-12-40.
DuBois Central Catholic 29
Alyssa Marchioni 1-0-1-2-3, Tricia Varacallo 0-0-0-0-0, Aundrea Snyder 2-0-0-0-4, Lauresa Gulvas 2-3-0-1-10, Francesca Varischetti 0-0-0-0-0, Miller Hopkins 3-0-2-4-8, Kylee Schaffer 1-0-0-2-2, Megan Witherow 1-0-0-0-2, Gabby Ridenour 0-0-0-0-0, Julie Fitzer 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 10-2-3-9-29.
Scoring by quarters
ECCHS 20 7 10 3 40
DCCHS 7 2 10 10 29