The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team used a big third quarter to defeat the Curwensville Lady Tide by a 53-34 score Wednesday night in a game played at the ECCHS gym.
The first 16 minutes of play saw the Lady Crusaders take a 21-14 lead at the half. In the third period of play, Elk Catholic outscored the Lady Tide by a 20-6 margin to open a 41-20 lead with eight minutes remaining. Curwensville outscored the Lady Crusaders by a 14-12 score in the fourth quarter, making the final score 53-34 in favor of the Lady Crusaders.
â€śWe got off to a slow start tonight. We had 11 turnovers in the first half,â€ť said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner. â€śWe played well in the third quarter, as our defensive pressure caused several turnovers.â€ť
Unofficially, Curwensville had 31 turnovers in the contest to Elk Catholicâ€™s 18.
â€śOur defensive pressure gave us a few easy points. We were more patient in the second half as we had some decent looks,â€ť added Pistner.
The Lady Crusaders were led by Abbi Petrosky with 16 points on six field goals and a four-for-four night from the foul line. Karly Carnovale was next with 13 points on four twos, one three and a two-for-two night from the foul line.
For Curwensville, Katrina Seaburn had 17 points on six field goals and a five-for-seven night from the foul line. Savannah Strickland was next with seven points.
The game opened with Katie Wrigglesworth giving Curwenvsille the early 2-0 lead. Buckets by Petrosky and Lexie Meholic gave Elk the 4-2 lead. Rebecca Johnson of the Tide tied the game at 4-all with a bucket. Petrosky and Seaburn traded buckets. Kristy Hanes and Anna Hawkins hit buckets to give Elk the 10-6 lead at the end of the first period.
Strickland scored for Curwensville to open the second period. Carnovale sank two foul shots as Elk went up 12-8. A Curwensville field goal and foul shot made it 12-11. Buckets by Petrosky and Carnovale made it 16-11, then Strickland hit a three to make the score 16-14. Petrosky sank a foul shot and added a field goal and Emily Gregory hit a field goal as Elk led 21-14 at the half.
The Lady Crusaders opened the second half with an 8-0 run to take a 29-14 lead. Seaburn scored for the Tide. Carnovale hit a three, Petrosky added a two and Carnovale hit a two as Elk went up 36-16. Seaburn scored for the Tide, 36-18, with 3:19 left in the third period. Petrosky sank two foul shots, Carnovale hit a two and Hawkins hit a foul shot to give Elk the 41-18 lead. Strickland scored, making the score 41-20 at the end of three quarters.
Meholic scored for Elk to open the fourth period. Curwensville went on a 5-0 run to make it 43-25 with 4:21 left. Hanes hit a field goal and Seaburn sank two foul shots, 45-27. The teams traded buckets, 47-29. Hawkins hit a field goal and Seaburn hit two foul shots. Taylor DaCanal scored on a field goal and Hawkins hit two foul shots, making the score 53-31. Seaburn scored three points in the closing minutes, but Elk maintained the lead to win the game with a final score of 53-34.
The Lady Crusaders are now 7-4 on the year. They are 2-1 in the AML and 0-2 in District 9 League play.
Elk Catholic returns to action Friday when they travel to Brookville to take on the Lady Raiders in a D9 League contest.
Savannah Strickland 2-1-0-0-7, Rebecca Johnson 1-0-0-0-2, Paige Bumbarger 2-0-0-0-4, Katrina Seaburn 6-0-5-7-17, Paige McCracken 0-0-1-4-1, Katie Wrigglesworth 1-0-0-0-2, Taylor Bumbarger 0-0-1-2-1. Totals 12-1-7-11-34.
Emily Gregory 1-0-0-0-2, Abbi Petrosky 6-0-4-6-16, Lexie Meholic 2-0-1-2-5, Karly Carnovale 4-1-2-2-13, Taylor DaCanal 1-0-0-0-2, Kristy Hanes 3-0-0-0-6, Ellie Petrosky 0-0-0-0-0, Maggie Sorg 1-0-0-0-2, Anna Hawkins 2-0-3-4-7, Helen Danz 0-0-0-0-0, Morgan Onink 0-0-0-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 0-0-0-1-0. Totals 20-1-10-15-53.
Score by quarters
Curwensville 6 8 6 14 34
ECCHS 10 11 20 12 53
The Elk Catholic junior varsity squad defeated Curwenvsille 38-19.
Elk took a 10-4 first-period lead. They outscored Curwensville 10-4 in the second period for a 20-8 halftime lead.
The Lady Crusaders outscored the Tide 10-6 in the third period and 8-5 in the fourth quarter to win the game 38-19.
ECCHS scoring: Michelle Imbrogno 8, Morgan Onink 13, Hayley DaCanal 5, Stephanie Zimmerman 4, Chiara Genevro 4, Kayle Weis 2, Maria Scacchitti 2.
Curwensville scoring: Melanie Milliron 2, Tierra Shope 8, Megan McGarry 4, Karly Wassl 5, Tiara Bumbarger 2.