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The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team captured the 2012 Allegheny Mountain League girlsâ€™ championship Saturday night by defeating the Kane Lady Wolves 38-25 at the St. Marys Area High School.
The Lady Crusaders were able to take the early 4-0 lead and led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter. They led 21-12 at the half and never trailed throughout the contest.
â€śThroughout the year we have been playing good defensive basketball,â€ť said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner. â€śAt this time of the year we are going in the right direction. Weâ€™re getting better.â€ť
â€śKane played hard and we played aggressive basketball. We got to the glass pretty strong and we put a lot of pressure on their guards,â€ť said Pistner.
Taylor DaCanal led the Lady Crusaders with eight rebounds while Kristy Hanes came up with five steals.
â€śWe are really happy to win the AML title. Now we have to get ready for Thursday nightâ€™s District 9 playoff game. We play the winner of Tuesdayâ€™s Cameron County vs. Port Allegany game. It will be a challenge,â€ť added Pistner.
The Lady Crusaders were led offensively by Lexie Meholic with 15 points with five twos, one three and a two for two night from the foul line. Taylor DaCanal added nine points.
Kaila Jameson led Kane with six points while Drew Victory and Audrey Perry each added five points.
Buckets by Hanes and DaCanal gave Elk the early 4-0 lead. Victory sank one of two foul shots, 4-1. DaCanal converted two foul shots before Angie Geer hit a field goal and Perry sank a foul shot, 6-4. Meholic converted two foul shots for ECC with Victory scoring on a putback, 8-6. Michelle Imbrogno gave Elk the 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
DaCanal sank two foul shots to open the second period. Jameson hit a field goal and Dawn Saquin sank two foul shots, 12-10. Meholic hit a three and Abbi Petrosky scored a field goal as Elk went up 17-10. Perry and DaCanal traded field goals with Meholic hitting a field goal giving Elk Catholic the 21-12 halftime lead.
Elk scored the first six points of the second half. Petrosky sank a foul shot, Meholic hit a field goal and Hanes connected on a three, 27-12. Shannon Kocjancic scored for Kane, 27-14. Meholic hit a field goal and DaCanal added a foul shot, 30-14. Jameson and Hanes traded field goals as Elk led 32-16 at the end of three quarters.
The Lady Crusaders scored the first six points of the fourth quarter as Meholic had two field goals and Petrosky one making the score 38-16 with 6:18 left. Kane scored the final nine points of the game making the final score 38-25 in favor of the Lady Crusaders.
Elk Catholic is now 21-3 on the season.
The Lady Crusaders will open play in the District 9-A tournament on Thursday when they play the winner of Tuesdayâ€™s Port Allegany at Cameron County contest.
Angie Geer 2-0-0-0-4, Drew Victory 2-0-1-2-5, Kaila Jameson 3-0-0-1-6, Shannon Kocjancic 1-0-0-0-2, Audrey Perry 2-0-1-2-5, Nerissa Rich 0-0-0-0-0, Dawn Saquin 0-0-3-6-3, Taylor Morgan 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 10-0-5-11-25.
Taylor DaCanal 2-0-5-6-9, Morgan Onink 0-0-0-0-0, Maggie Sorg 0-0-0-0-0, Abbi Petrosky 2-0-1-2-5, Julia Sweeney 0-0-0-0-0, Jena Struble 0-0-0-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 1-0-0-0-2, Lexie Meholic 5-1-2-2-15, Kristy Hanes 2-1-0-0-7, Macy Neureiter 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 12-2-8-10-38.
Score by quarters
Kane 6 6 4 9 25
ECCHS 10 11 11 6 38