The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch squad a 47-38 District 9 League setback Saturday night at the ECCHS gym.
The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Dutch 12-7 in the first eight minutes of play and 12-7 in the second quarter to open a 24-14 halftime lead. They led by 11 at the end of three quarters, 33-22. The fourth quarter saw the Lady Dutch outscore ECC 16-14, making the final score 47-38.
â€śI thought we played really hard tonight. Weâ€™ve been playing good basketball of late and it continued tonight,â€ť said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner.
â€śFor the most part our defensive effort was good. One big difference in the game was our advantage at the foul line. We did a much better job of getting to the basket and drawing fouls tonight than the last time we played,â€ť said Pistner. Elk Catholic was 10 of 16 from the foul line, while St. Marys was six of 19.
â€śWe have a really tough task playing undefeated Bradford Tuesday at Bradford. Hopefully we will continue to play good basketball,â€ť added Pistner.
The Lady Crusaders were led offensively by Abbi Petrosky with 20 points on seven field goals and a six-for-eight night from the foul line. Lexie Meholic scored 13 points on four twos, a three and a two-for-four night from the foul line.
The Lady Dutch were led by Adair Gennocro with 17 points on four twos, two threes and a three-for-eight night from the foul line. Kiana Hoohuli added 11 points on four field goals and a three-for-nine night from the foul line.
â€śI think our turnovers and foul shooting were the keys to the game,â€ť said St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli.
â€śI was pleased with the way we played. The girls hustled, worked hard and never gave up,â€ť added Hoohuli.
The game opened with the Lady Crusaders opening an 8-0 lead as Petrosky and Taylor DaCanal hit field goals, Lexie Meholic sank two foul shots and Petrosky added another field goal. Becky Krieg made the score 8-2 on a field goal. Meholic scored for Elk, 10-2. Rachel Krieg and Gennocro scored for St. Marys, 10-6. Kristy Hanes made the score 12-6. Hoohuli sank a foul shot, making the score 12-7 at the end of the first period in favor of ECC.
DeAnna Yost scored for St. Marys to make it 12-9. Petrosky sank two foul shots and added a field goal to make it 16-9. Hoohuli sank a foul shot, 16-10. Meholic and Petrosky hit field goals, giving Elk a 20-10 lead with 3:38 left in the first half. Hoohuli made the score 20-14 on two field goals with two minutes left in the half. Petrosky converted two foul shots at the 1:01 mark, 22-14. Meholic hit a field goal with three seconds left, giving ECC the 24-14 halftime lead.
Meholic hit a three to open the second half, 27-14. Hoohuli hit one of two foul shots, 27-15. Petrosky and Gennocro traded buckets, as did Petrosky and Hoohuli, 31-19. Meholic and Hoohuli traded buckets, making it 33-21. Gennocro sank one of two foul shots with 1.6 seconds left in the quarter, making the score 33-22 with eight minutes remaining.
Petrosky sank two foul shots and Hanes hit a field goal as Elk went up 37-22 with 6:03 left in the game. Gennocro hit a three, then scored off a steal to cut Elkâ€™s lead to 37-27. DaCanal sank a foul shot, 38-27 with 4:37 left. Hanes connected on field goals at the 3:19 and 2:42 mark, giving Elk the 42-27 lead. Yost scored twice for the Lady Dutch before Hanes sank one of two foul shots and DaCanal scored on the putback of the missed foul shot, 45-31 with 1:27 left. In the closing seconds, Gennocro scored a three, a two and two foul shots for St. Marys, while DaCanal scored a field goal for Elk, making the final score 47-38 in favor of ECC.
Elk Catholic is now 19-2 on the season and 7-2 in District 9 League play. They won the Allegheny Mountain League North Division with a 6-0 record.
St. Marys is now 9-11 on the year. They finished play in the District 9 League with a 4-6 record.
The Lady Crusaders will close out their regular season on Tuesday when they travel to Bradford to take on the undefeated Bradford Lady Owls in a District 9 League game. Junior varsity tips off at 6 p.m., with varsity set for 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Dutch will return to action Wednesday when they travel to Johnsonburg to take on the Ramettes. Junior varsity is set for a 6 p.m. contest, with the varsity set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
St. Marys 38
Jenna Anderson 0-0-0-0-0, Sloan Foster 0-0-0-0-0, Adair Gennocro 4-2-3-8-17, DeAnna Yost 3-0-0-0-6, Cassie Daniels 0-0-0-0-0, Kiana Hoohuli 4-0-3-9-11, Becky Krieg 1-0-0-0-2, Rachel Krieg 1-0-0-2-2. Totals 13-2-6-19-38.
Taylor DaCanal 2-0-1-2-5, Morgan Onink 0-0-0-0-0, Maggie Sorg 0-0-0-0-0, Abbi Petrosky 7-0-6-8-20, Jena Struble 0-0-0-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 0-0-0-0-0, Lexie Meholic 4-1-2-4-13, Kristy Hanes 4-0-1-2-9, Macy Neureiter 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 17-1-10-16-47.
Score by quarters
SMAHS 7 7 8 16 38
ECCHS 12 12 9 14 47
ECC JVs win
The Elk County Catholic junior varsity squad held off the St. Marys Area squad for a 28-26 win in the preliminary contest.
St. Marys took a 6-4 first-period lead. The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Dutch 12-6 in the second quarter to take a 16-12 halftime lead.
Elk outscored St. Marys 10-7 in the third period for a 26-19 lead with one period remaining. The Lady Dutch outscored the Lady Crusaders 7-2 in the fourth quarter but came up short as Elk won 28-26.
ECC scoring: Hayley DaCanal 2, Rachel Stauffer 4, Marla Scacchitti 2, Chiara Genevro 6, Maddy Schneider 4, Erin Petrosky 6, Kirstie Wehler 4.
SMA scoring: Jackie Lenze 3, DeAnna Yost 4, Cassie Daniels 7, Rachel Krieg 12.