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The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders remained undefeated on their young season as they handed the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals a 44-30 loss last night in a game played at Elk County Catholic High School.
"I thought we were real strong defensively other than a little two- to three-minute span at the end of the first quarter where we weren't in the game," said ECC coach Ken Pistner. "Overall we played pretty good defense."
ECC was led offensively by senior Lexie Meholic with 14 points on six twos and a two-for-two night from the foul line. Junior Taylor DaCanal added 12 points on four twos and a four-for-four night from the line.
DCC was led by Lauresa Gulvas with 13 points on five twos and a three.
"They (DuBois Central) played hard. They played physical, and I thought we matched their intensity," Pistner said.
ECC ran up six points on buckets by Maggie Sorg, Meholic and Abbi Petrosky before DCC finally got on the board just over two minutes in with back-to-back buckets by Maria French to make the score 6-4. The Lady Crusaders re-extended their lead to 11-6 on a bucket and foul shot by Petrosky and a bucket by Meholic before the Lady Cardinals used another bucket by French and buckets by Kylee Schaffer and Gulvas to take the 12-11 lead. ECC tied things up with a foul shot by Julia Sweeney with just over 30 seconds left in the quarter, but a two by Gulvas just before the buzzer saw the Lady Cardinals take a 14-12 lead into the second quarter.
The momentum changed quickly, though, as ECC scored 12 unanswered points while keeping DCC scoreless in the second quarter. Elk's points came on a pair of buckets and two foul shots by Meholic, a bucket and pair of foul shots by DaCanal, and a bucket by Sweeney. The run saw Elk head into halftime with a 24-14 lead.
The Lady Cruasaders extended their advantage in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Cardinals 11-8. They started things off with a bucket and a pair of foul shots by DaCanal. Aundrea Snyder added a bucket for DCC before ECC went on a six-point run on buckets by Sorg, Kristy Hanes and Sweeney to make the score 34-16. The Lady Cardinals then had a six-point run of their own on twos by Gulvas, Snyder and French to cut the Lady Crusaders' lead to 34-22. The quarter ended with a foul shot by Hanes to make the score 35-22 headed into the final quarter.
ECC again was the first to score, again on a bucket by Meholic. Gulvas answered with a two of her own. The back-and-forth scoring continued with DaCanal adding a pair of buckets for the Lady Crusaders, while Schaffer had a foul shot for the Lady Cardinals and Gulvas had a three. Abbi Petrosky made a foul shot and a few minutes later added a bucket to give ECC a 44-28 lead with just under two minutes remaining, and the Lady Crusaders picked up the 44-30 win.
The Lady Crusaders are now 4-0 on the season. They will return to action on Wednesday as they travel to DuBois Area High School for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
DuBois Central Catholic 30
Alyssa Marchioni 0-0-0-0-0, Aundrea Snyder 2-0-0-0-4, Francesca Varischetti 0-0-0-0-0, Lauresa Gulvas 5-1-0-0-13, Kylee Schaffer 2-0-1-2-5, Gabby Ridenour 0-0-0-0-0, Maria French 4-0-0-0-8, Julie Fitzer 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 13-1-1-2-30.
Elk County Catholic 44
Taylor DaCanal 4-0-4-4-12, Morgan Onink 0-0-0-0-0, Maggie Sorg 1-0-0-0-2, Abbi Petrosky 3-0-2-5-8, Julia Sweeney 2-0-1-2-5, Michelle Imbrogno 0-0-0-0-0, Kayla Weis 0-0-0-0-0, Lexie Meholic 6-0-2-2-14, Kristy Hanes 1-0-1-2-3, Stephanie Zimmerman 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 17-0-8-15-44.
Score by quarters
DCCHS 14 0 8 8 30
ECCHS 12 12 11 9 44
The Elk Catholic junior varsity squad picked up a 28-15 win in the preliminary contest.
ECC took an 11-3 first-period lead and also outscored the Lady Cardinals 9-6 in the second quarter to take a 20-9 halftime lead.
The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Cardinals 4-3 in each of the remaining quarters to take the 28-15 victory.
ECC scoring: Hayley DaCanal 15, Rachel Stauffer 2, Michaela Cashmer 2, Marla Scacchitti 0, Maria Scacchitti 2, Chiara Genevro 0, Maddy Schneider 1, Stephanie Zimmerman 0, Nicole Schneider 0, Erin Petrosky 4, Hannah Onink 0, Kirstie Wehler 2, Sierra Meyer 0, Ellie Pearson 0, Renee Buchheit 0.