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The Lady Crusaders of Elk County Catholic avenged an early-season loss at Kane by recording a thrilling 49-46 victory over the Kane Area Lady Wolves on Monday evening at the Aaron J. Straub Gymnasium on the Elk Catholic Campus in an AML game. This was only the second loss of the season for the Lady Wolves of Kane.
The Lady Crusaders were defeated 55-35 early in December at the Kane gym, but rebounded to record the three-point victory on Monday at their home gym.
"We beat a very good team tonight, as the Kane squad is one of the best in the area," said Ken Pistner, head coach of the Lady Crusaders. "We took a step in the right direction tonight, as we played a very good ball game.
"We cut down on our turnovers and we were very patient on offense. The girls stuck to the game play tonight and were really focused the entire game. This was a very big win for us."
Elk Catholic put two girls in double figures on Monday, with Karly Carnovale leading the way with 17 points on six field goals, a trey and a two-for-two night at the foul line. Abbi Petrosky was the other Lady Crusader in double figures, with 10 points on four field goals and two foul goals. Lexie Meholic was next in the scoring column, with nine points on three field goals and three foul goals. She was followed by Ellie Petrosky with five points, Emily Gregory with four points, and Maggie Sorg and Taylor DaCanal with two points each. DaCanal led the Lady Crusaders in the rebound department with six, and assists with four.
Kane was led in the scoring department by Kaila Jamerson with 15 points on six field goals and three foul goals. She was followed by Ashley Wilson with nine points on one field goal and one trey, and a four-for-four night at the foul line. Andrea Saquin checked in with seven points, Drew Victory and Nerissa Rich had six each, Dawn Saquin had four and Audrey Perry scored two.
Kane opened the scoring in the game when Jamerson scored on a putback. Carnovale and Gregory scored field goals and E. Petrosky a foul goal to give Elk a 5-2 lead. Jamerson scored for Kane and Victory added two foul goals to put Kane up 6-5. A. Petrosky hit two foul goals and a field goal to put Elk back on top, 9-6. Kane tied the score at 9-9, then Carnovale and A. Petrosky hit field goals to put the Lady Crusaders up for good at 13-9. Rich scored for Kane, Gregory scored for Elk, and then Rich hit another field goal only to have E. Petrosky respond with two foul goals to make the score 17-13 at the end of one.
Wilson scored two foul goals to open the second period, with E. Petrosky and Carnovale each hitting a field goal to give Elk a 21-15 lead. Wilson hit two more foul goals, only to have Meholic hit a field goal and Carnovale a trey to give Elk a 26-17 lead. A bucket by Perry was followed by field goals by DaCanal and Meholic to push Elk's lead to 30-19. Two foul goals by A. Saquin cut the lead to 30-21, but a bucket at the end of the quarter by Sorg gave Elk a 32-21 halftime lead.
The third quarter was a low-scoring affair, as the Kane girls managed to cut three points off the ECCHS lead and they outscore Elk 9-6 in the period. Elk's six points were scored by Carnovale, Meholic and A. Petrosky, with two each. Jamerson had seven of the nine for Kane, while Victory had the other two.
Elk Catholic pushed their lead back to 12 early in the fourth period on buckets by A. Petrosky and Carnovale. Jamerson and Carnovale then traded buckets, 44-32. Kane then scored the next six points, one by A. Saquin, two by Jamerson and a trey by Wilson, to cut the lead to 44-38. A missed ECC foul goal was followed by foul goals by Saquin to cut the lead to 44-40 with 45 seconds left. Carnovale hit two foul goals, followed by a Jamerson bucket to make it 46-42 with 26 seconds left. Meholic hit two foul goals and Jamerson another bucket to make it 48-44 with 11 seconds remaining. With eight seconds left, Meholic hit another foul goal, 49-44, then at the buzzer Victory hit a field goal to make the final score 49-46.
Elk Catholic is now 8-4 on the season and 3-1 in the AML North Division.
The Kane Area Lady Wolves are now 12-2 on the season and 2-1 in the AML North.
Elk Catholic will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Bradford Area to take on the Lady Owls in a District 9 League game. The JV game is set for 6 p.m., with the varsity game to follow.
Kane Area Lady Wolves 46
Andrea Saquin 1-0-5-6-7, Ashley Wilson 1-1-4-4-9, Angie Geer 0-0-0-0-0, Drew Victory 2-0-2-2-6, Jackie Bedford 0-0-0-0-0, Kaila Jamerson 6-0-3-4-15, Shannon Kocjancic 0-0-0-0-0, Audrey Perry 1-0-0-0-2, Nerissa Rich 3-0-0-1-6, Dawn Saquin 0-0-1-2-4. Totals 14-1-15-19-46.
ECCHS Lady Crusaders 49
Abbi Petrosky 4-0-2-5-10, Emily Gregory 2-0-0-0-4, Anna Hawkins 0-0-0-0-0, Maggie Sorg 1-0-0-1-2, Lexie Meholic 3-0-3-4-9, Taylor DaCanal 1-0-0-0-2, Ellie Petrosky 1-0-3-6-5, Helen Danz 0-0-0-0-0, Kristie Hanes 0-0-0-0-0, Karly Carnovale 6-1-2-2-17. Totals 18-1-10-18-49
Score by quarters
Kane 13 8 9 16 46
ECCHS 17 15 6 11 49
ECCH JVs win
The Elk Catholic junior varsity squad picked up a 20-18 victory over the Kane JVs in the preliminary game on Monday.
Elk Catholic took a 10-04 first-quarter lead and extended it to 14-7 at the end of the first half.
Kane outscored Elk 9-0 in the third quarter to take a 16-14 lead going into the final period. Elk took the final period 6-2 to pull the game out by a 20-18 score and run their record to 9-3 on the season.
ECCHS scoring: Morgan Onink 6, Chiara Genevro 6, Marla Scacchitti 2, Haley DaCanal 4, Michaela Cashmer 2, Kayla Weis 0, Stef Zimmerman 0, Michelle Imbrogno 0.
Kane scoring: Katelyn Moran 8, Nerissa Rich 4, Jackie Bedford 2, Morgan Nicholson 4.