The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders picked up a 43-19 senior night victory over the visiting DuBois Area Lady Beavers on Wednesday evening at ECCHS.
Both teams started out slow in the first half, with ECC leading 7-6 at the end of the first period and 13-9 at the half.
"In the first half we shot 2-for-11 from the foul line and I think we were 4-for-20-something in the first half. You aren't going to put many points on the board shooting those percentages," said ECC coach Ken Pistner.
Elk Catholic picked up the momentum in the second half, taking a 27-16 lead at the end of the third quarter and continuing to pull away for the 43-19 win.
"In the second half we shot the ball a little better, and our defense was consistent right through the game, as it typically is. We gave up 9 in the first half and 10 in the second half. It was a good defensive effort," Pistner said.
Elk Catholic was led offensively by senior Lexie Meholic with a game-high 12 points on four twos, a three, and a 1-for-2 night from the foul line. Fellow senior Abbi Petrosky and junior Taylor DaCanal each added 8 points to ECC's total. Petrosky had three twos and was 2-for-11 from the line, while DaCanal had four field goals.
"The four seniors, Maggie Sorg, Abbi Petrosky, Jena Struble, and Lexie Meholic, have been a big part of our basketball program over the last four years, and have a lot to do wit the success that we have," Pistner said. "They are four very unselfish basketball players. They really represent the school really well, and they're good examples for our younger kids in the program. They're really an outstanding group."
The Lady Beavers were led by Samantha Kirk with 10 points on three threes and a 1-for-2 night from the line.
Elk Catholic got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead on a foul shot by Meholic. Kirk then hit a three for the Lady Beavers, giving them the lead. Meholic answered with a three of her own, putting ECC back on top 4-3. Petrosky added to that advantage as she sank a foul shot. The Lady Beavers added three more points over the final two minutes to take a 6-5 lead; however, Macy Neureiter made a bucket with 19 seconds left to give Elk Catholic a slim 7-6 lead at the end of the first period.
Kirk hit another three to give the Lady Beavers back the lead at the start of the second quarter. Petrosky tied the score at 9-all with a bucket, and Elk Catholic took the lead for good on buckets by Julia Sweeney and Meholic, leading 13-9 at the half.
The Lady Crusaders' offense really came alive in the third quarter as they doubled their first-half points, outscoring DuBois Area 14-7. After a DuBois bucket, ECC went on an eight-point run on buckets by Kristy Hanes, Meholic, Maggie Sorg, and Petrosky. Cara LaBrasca added a basket for the Lady Beavers and Casey Wilcox sank a foul shot. DaCanal and Meholic each scored another bucket for the Lady Crusaders. LaBrasca added another foul shot for the Lady Beavers. Petrosky scored two more points for ECC and Kirk ended the quarter by making a foul shot, making the score 27-16 with one quarter left to play.
ECC went on a five-point run at the beginning of the fourth quarter on buckets by Meholic and DaCanal and a foul shot by Petrosky. Kirk then hit her final three of the night, which also ended DuBois' scoring in the contest. ECC added 11 unanswered points in the final five minutes of the contest to secure the 43-19 win.
Moving forward, the Lady Crusaders will face some tough opponents over the next two weeks as they finish out their regular season.
"We have a really tough part of our schedule coming up," Pistner said. "We have Punxsy Friday, Brookville twice next week, and then St. Marys, and then finish off against Bradford. We're going to have to play some good basketball over the last two weeks of the basketball season, so we're looking forward to that."
With the win, the Lady Crusaders are now 15-2 on the season. They finished the AML with a 6-0 record and are 3-2 in D9 League play. They will return to action on Friday evening when they travel to Punxsutawney to take on the Lady Chucks, with junior varsity scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Senior members of the Elk Catholic squad and their parents were recognized during pre-game ceremonies.
Grade School Appreciation Night for the Lady Cavaliers and Lady Crusaders will be held on Monday, Feb. 6 when Elk Catholic plays host to Brookville in a District 9 League game. This is a make-up game from Jan. 20
DuBois Area 19
Katelyn LaBue 0-0-0-2-0, Brooke Sloan 0-0-0-0-0, Samantha Kirk 0-3-1-2-10, Samantha Laborde 1-0-0-2-2, Samantha Ball 0-0-0-0-0, Cara LaBrasca 2-0-2-4-6, Jordan Fairman 0-0-0-0-0, Casey Wilcox 0-0-1-2-1. Totals 3-3-4-12-19.
Taylor DaCanal 4-0-0-0-8, Morgan Onink 1-0-0-0-2, Maggie Sorg 1-0-0-2-2, Abbi Petrosky 3-0-2-11-8, Julia Sweeney 1-0-1-2-3, Jena Struble 0-0-0-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 1-0-0-0-2, Kayla Weis 0-0-0-0-0, Lexie Meholic 4-1-1-2-12, Kristy Hanes 2-0-0-0-4, Stephanie Zimmerman 0-0-0-0-0, Macy Neureiter 1-0-0-0-2. Totals 18-1-4-17-43.
Score by quarters
DuBois 6 3 7 3 19
ECCHS 7 6 14 16 43
The Elk Catholic Lady Crusader junior varsity squad recorded a 33-10 win in the preliminary contest.
The Lady Beavers held a 4-3 lead at the end of the first period. Elk Catholic added 12 points in the second quarter, while holding DuBois Area scoreless, to take a 15-4 halftime lead.
ECC outscored DuBois 12-1 in the third quarter to increase their advantage to 27-5, and then added 6 more points in the fourth quarter while the Lady Beavers only had 5, giving the Lady Crusaders the 33-10 victory.
ECC scoring: Hayley DaCanal 1, Rachel Stauffer 2, Michaela Cashmer 3, Marla Scacchitti 4, Chiara Genevro 2, Nicole Schneider 2, Erin Petrosky 14, Kirstie Wehler 6.