The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 46-37 victory over the Kane Lady Wolves in an AML game played at the ECCHS gym last night.
While Elk Catholic led at the end of every period, the Lady Wolves only trailed by one at the half, 19-18. In the second half, Elk Catholic outscored Kane by a 27-19 margin.
â€śI felt we played a very good second half,â€ť said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner.
â€śWe went into halftime and made some adjustments and I thought we took advantage of our strengths,â€ť said the coach.
â€śI thought we did a good job rebounding against a tall team. We made a big improvement from Wednesday night,â€ť added Pistner.
The Lady Crusader offense was led by Taylor DaCanal with 12 points on six field goals. Lexie Meholic scored 11 points on five field goals and a one for two night from the foul line.
Kane was led by Nerissa Rich with eight points on four field goals. Kaila Jamerson and Dawn Saquin were next with six points each.
Audrey Perry gave the Lady Wolves the 2-0 lead with 4:31 left in the first period of play. Meholic put Elk on the board at the 4:10 mark by sinking one of two foul shots. Abbi Petrosky converted a three-point play for ECC and Jena Struble added a three to give Elk a 7-2 lead. Rich scored for Kane to make it 7-4. A bucket by Kristy Hanes with three seconds left gave Elk the 9-4 lead after the first period.
Rich and DaCanal traded buckets to open the second period. Angie Geer and Saquin scored for Kane. The teams exchanged buckets before Morgan Onink scored on a putback for Elk. Meholic added two field goals giving ECC the 19-12 lead. Drew Victory and Rich scored for Kane, 19-16. Victory added a field goal with 12 seconds left to cut Elkâ€™s lead to 19-18 at the half.
The third quarter found the two teams going back and forth as Elk would go up by three and Kane would cut it back to one. The Lady Crusaders scored the final eight points of the third quarter as Hanes scored twice and DaCanal added two field goals giving Elk the 37-28 lead at the end of three quarters.
Petrosky sank one of two foul shots to open the fourth period, 38-28. ECC then went on a 6-0 run as Petrosky, DaCanal and Meholic scored to give ECC the 44-28 lead with 5:29 left. Geer and Hanes traded buckets, 46-30. Perry scored for Kane at the 3:06 mark then added a foul shot with two minutes left, 46-33. Kane scored the final four points of the game as Elk won 46-37.
The Lady Crusaders are now 3-0 on the season and 3-0 in the AML. The are 2-0 in the AML North Division.
Elk Catholic returns to action Monday when they host the DuBois Central Lady Cardinals in an AML contest. Junior varsity is slated for a 6 p.m. start with varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Angie Geer 2-0-0-0-4, Drew Victory 2-0-0-4-4, Rachel Ferranto 0-0-0-0-0, Shannon Kocjancic 2-0-0-0-4, Audrey Perry 2-0-1-2-5, Nerissa Rich 4-0-0-0-8, Dawn Saquin 3-0-0-0-6, Taylor Bucheit 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 16-0-5-10-37.
Taylor DaCanal 6-0-0-1-12, Morgan Onink 2-0-0-0-4, Maggie Sorg 0-0-0-1-0, Abbi Petrosky 2-0-2-3-6, Julia Sweeney 0-0-0-0-0, Jena Struble 1-1-0-0-5, Michelle Imbrogno 0-0-0-0-0, Kayla Weis 0-0-0-0-0, Lexie Meholic 5-0-1-2-11, Kristy Hanes 4-0-0-0-8, Stephanie Zimmerman 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 20-1-3-7-46.
Score by quarters
Kane 4 14 10 9 37
ECCHS 9 10 18 9 46
JVâ€™s win in OT
The Elk Catholic junior varsity squad defeated Kane by a 33-30 score in overtime.
Kane took a 6-4 first period lead with Elk outscoring Kane 8-6 in the second period to knot the game at 12 at the half.
Each team scored eight third period points and 10 fourth quarter points. In the overtime period Elk scored three points to win the game 33-30.
ECC scoring: Hayley DaCanal 3, Rachel Stauffer 4, Marla Scacchitti 2, Chiara Genevro 4, Macy Neureiter 5, Maddy Schneider 2, Erin Petrosky 7, Kirstie Wehler 6.
Kane scoring: Bedford 4, Kocjancic 6, Moran 4, Bucheit 6, Morgan 6, Truden 2, Mohney 2.