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Lady Dutch rally past DCC to reach final

December 17, 2011

Photo by Becky Polaski St. Marys Area's Adair Gennocro, 14, takes a shot while facing pressure from a pair of DuBois Central Catholic players in the second half of Friday evening's match-up in the opening round of the 2011 St. Marys Area Lady Dutch Girls Basketball Tournament.

The St. Marys Lady Dutch basketball squad overcame a 12-point first quarter deficit to rally past the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals 40-36 during the opening round of the 2011 St. Marys Area Lady Dutch Girls Basketball Tournament at St. Marys Area High School on Friday evening. The Lady Dutch will face off against Keystone tonight at 8 p.m. for the championship.
Things did not look good initially for the Lady Dutch as DuBois Central held them scoreless throughout the first quarter while running up a 12-point lead. St. Marys rallied in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Cardinals 15-3 to head into halftime with the game tied at 15-all. St. Marys extended their lead in second half, leading 25-23 at the end of the third and holding on for the 40-36 victory.
"I think we had a lot of opportunities, but we just couldn't get it to fall," said St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli of the team's first quarter struggles. "I wasn't getting too excited about the whole situation there."
"The second half, we really worked on our defense and playing great defense - pressuring the basketball - and that's what gave us the success," Hoohuli said.
The Lady Dutch were led offensively by Adair Gennocro with 14 points on one three, two twos, and a seven-for-eight night from the foul line. DeAnna Yost added eight points on four twos.
The Lady Cardinals were led by Lauresa Gulvas with 16 points on two threes, four twos, and a two-for-two night from the foul line.
The game opened with DuBois Central racking up a 12-point lead in the first quarter, though not for lack of effort on the part of the Lady Dutch.
The momentum shifted in the second quarter, as St. Marys found their rhythm and put 15 points on the board while limiting DCC to three. Jenna Anderson got things started by sinking a foul shot and finally putting St. Marys on the board with 6:34 remaining in the first half. Anderson added a three while Gennocro put up a pair of foul shots to cut DCC's lead to 12-6 before Gulvas added two more points for the Cardinals. St. Marys then went on an eight point run on a pair of buckets by Yost, as well as twos by Becky Krieg and Gennocro, to tie the game at 14-all with 1:28 left on the clock. DCC's Alyssa Marchioni and St. Marys' Abbey Cribbs traded foul shots in the final minute of the half to send the game into halftime tied at 15-all.
The teams traded the lead back and forth throughout much of the third quarter until St. Marys took over for good on a foul shot by Kiana Hoohuli at the 2:52 mark that put the Lady Dutch up 22-21. A three by Gennocro and a bucket by Gulvas saw the third quarter end with the Lady Dutch up 25-23.
A bucket by DCC's Julie Fitzer tied the game at 25-all at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Lady Dutch refused to let the Lady Cardinals pull ahead again. St. Marys went on an eight-point run on buckets by Yost, Gennocro, Hoohuli and Sloan Foster to hold a 33-25 advantage with 4:21 remaining. A bucket by DCC's Maria French and a foul shot by Marchioni cut St. Marys' advantage to 33-28. Two more foul shots by Marchioni put the Lady Cardinals within three of tying the game. The Lady Dutch added a bucket by Hoohuli while Gulvas had a pair of foul shots for the Cardinals. Gennocro then sank four foul shots to extend St. Marys' lead to 39-32. With under a minute remaining, DCC's Gabby Ridenour and Kylee Schaffer made back to back buckets to again pull within three, but Gennocro sank another foul shot with five seconds remaining to give St. Marys the 40-36 victory.
St. Marys will now face off against Keystone tonight in the championship game of the tournament.
"Keystone is a really good ball club. We're going to have our hands full, so we're going to have to play great defense and take care of the boards," Hoohuli said.

Game notes
The Lady Dutch are now 2-2 on the season and will return to action tonight when they take on Keystone in the championship game of the 2011 St. Marys Area Lady Dutch Girls Basketball Tournament at 8 p.m. at St. Marys Area High School.

DuBois Central Catholic will face Coudersport in the consolation game of the 2011 St. Marys Area Lady Dutch Girls Basketball Tournament, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at St. Marys Area High School.

In junior varsity action, the squads from DCC and Coudersport will face-off at 4 p.m. while St. Marys and Keystone will play at 5:15 p.m.

St. Marys 40
Abbey Cribbs 0-0-1-2-1, Jenna Anderson 0-1-1-2-4, Sloan Foster 1-0-0-2-2, Adair Gennocro 2-1-7-8-14, DeAnna Yost 4-0-0-0-8, Kiana Hoohuli 2-0-3-7-7, Becky Krieg 2-0-0-8-4, Rachel Krieg 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 11-2-12-29-40.

DuBois Central 36
Alyssa Marchioni 1-0-6-10-8, Aundrea Snyder 0-0-0-0-0, Francesca Varischetti 0-0-0-0-0, Lauresa Gulvas 4-2-2-2-16, Kylee Schaffer 1-0-0-0-2, Gabby Ridenour 2-0-0-1-4, Maria French 2-0-0-0-4, Julie Fitzer 1-0-0-2-2. Totals 11-2-8-15-36.

Score by quarters
St. Marys 0 15 10 15 40
DCC 12 3 8 13 36

Keystone wins 53-35
The Keystone Area Lady Panthers defeated the Coudersport Lady Falcons 53-35 in the other game of the opening round of the 2011 St. Marys Area Lady Dutch Girls Basketball Tournament at St. Marys Area High School on Friday evening.
Keystone jumped out to an early 6-4 lead in the first quarter and extended their advantage over Coudersport in the second quarter to take a 23-16 halftime lead.
The Lady Panthers added 11 more points in the third quarter while limiting the Lady Falcons to nine to make the score 34-25 at the end of the third quarter. Keystone outscored Coudersport 19-10 in the fourth quarter to take the 53-35 victory.

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