The Lady Crusaders of Elk County Catholic opened the 2010-11 basketball season in fine fashion on Friday evening as they handed the Ridgway Lady Elkers a 44-10 setback in an AML game played at the Aaron J. Straub Gym on the Elk Catholic campus.
The Lady Crusaders were in control of the ball game from start to finish, as they never trailed.
"It is always nice to win the opener as you never know just how your team will have the open game jitters," said ECCHS Coach Ken Pistner. "This was a good game for us as we moved the ball well, rebounded pretty good and kept our turnovers to a minimum. Overall I was pleased with our performance tonight, but there are some areas that we will have to work to improve."
"This game will go a long way in helping us improve our bench strength, as we were able to get playing time for all of our players tonight," added Pistner. "In order for us to be a contender this season, we will be counting on our bench players quite a bit."
The Lady Crusaders shot 33 percent from the field tonight. They connected on 17 field goals and three three-point field goals, while the Ridgway girls managed only four field goals.
"We are a very young team," said Ridgway Area Coach Glenn Schauer.
"We didn't pass the ball well tonight, as we will have to learn to protect the ball a little better if we hope to improve. Defensive I thought we played pretty good as Elk County is a very good basketball team. I also thought we did a good job on the boards, especially Nicole Breier, who had to have 20 or more boards."
Elk Catholic was led in the scoring department by Abbi Petrosky with 10 points on five field goals and Karly Carnovale with 10 points on two field goals and two three-pointers. Lexie Meholic was next with eight points on four field goals, while Kristie Hanes had five points, Maggie Sorg had four points, Ellie Petrosky three points and Anna Hawkins and Emily Gregory two points each. The Petrosky sisters led the Crusaders in rebounds with six each.
Bryton Dybowski led the Ridgway girls in scoring with four points on a field goal and two foul goals. Taylor Roseto, Nicole Breier and Selena Scarnati each had two points to round out the Ridgway scoring.
Elk Catholic opened up a four-point lead early on on buckets by Carnovale and Gregory. Ridgway cut it to 4-2 on a bucket by Breier. The Lady Crusaders scored the next six points on field goals by Abbi Petrosky, Ellie Petrosky and Carnovale to take a 10-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Carnovale opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to make it 13-2. A. Petrosky and Meholic followed with field goals, then E. Petrosky added a foul goal to make it 18-2. Hanes connected on a three pointer making it 21-2. Hanes and A. Petrosky closed out the scoring in the quarter with field goal each to make it 25-2 at the half.
Meholic scored to open the second half, 27-2. Dybowski connected on two foul goals to cut it to 27-4. Meholic added a field goal and Carnovale a three-pointer to make it 32-4. Scarnati hit the final bucket of the period to cut the lead to 32-6 with eight minutes left to play.
Dybowski opened the final period with a bucket, making it 32-8. Elk Catholic then scored the next 12 points: four by Sorg and two each by Meholic, A. Petrosky, Hawkins and DaCanal to take a 44-8 lead. Roseto closed out the scoring in the game with a field goal to make the final score 44-10.
Elk Catholic is 1-0 on the season and will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Johnsonburg to take on the Ramettes. On Friday Elk Catholic will be at Kane.
Ridgway Lady Elkers return to action on Tuesday when they play host to the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals.
Elk Catholic had 14 turnovers in the game, while the Lady Elkers had 29.
Elk Catholic 44
Abbi Petrosky 5-0-0-2-10, Lexie Meholic 4-0-0-0-8, Taylor DaCanal 0-0-0-0-0, Karly Carnovale 2-2-0-0-10, Emily Gregory 1-0-0-0-2, Maggie Sorg 2-0-0-0-4, Helen Danz 0-0-0-0, Anna Hawkins 1-0-0-0-2, Ellie Petrosky 1-0-1-2-3, Kristie Hanes 1-1-0-0-5, Michelle Imbrogno 0-0-0-0-0, Morgan Onink 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 17-3-1-4-44.
Taylor Roseto 1-0-0-0-2, Bryton Dybowski 1-0-2-4-4, Katie Oknefski 0-0-0-0-0, Nicole Breier 1-0-0-0-2, Selena Scarnati 1-0-0-0-2, Jenni Thomas 0-0-0-0-0, Savanna Nelson 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 4-0-2-4-10.
Score by quarters
Ridgway 2 0 4 4 10
ECCHS 10 15 7 12
ECC J.V.s win
The Elk Catholic junior varsity squad opened the season with a 49-12 win over the Lady Elkers J.V. squad.
Elk jumped out to a 17-0 first-quarter lead, then pushed it to 27-6 at the half. A 12-2 third-quarter edge made it 39-8. The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Elkers 10-4 to win by a 49-12 score.
ECCHS scoring: Kayla Weis 4, Stef Zimmerman 0, Michelle Imbrogno 4, Morgan Onink 8, Gabby Caggeso 2, Hayle DaCanal 10, Michaela Cashmer 0, Maria Scacchetti 0, Marla Scacchetti 4, Chiara Genevro 13, Rachel Stauffer 4.
Ridgway scoring: Bry Harvey 6, Jenni Thomas 4, Angela DeAngelo 2.