The St. Marys Area High Lady Dutch advanced to the finals of the Elk County Holiday Tournament with a 65-36 victory over the Lady Elkers of Ridgway Area High in the opening round of the tournament, held at St. Marys Area High School on Wednesday evening.
The Lady Dutch will take on the Lady Crusaders, a 35-29 winner over Johnsonburg in the other opening-round game, in the tournament finals tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Dutch Oven.
"This was a good win for us tonight," said Coach Bob Swanson of the Lady Dutch. "We started out a little slow, but came on strong after we decided to start playing. Ridgway gave us a battle in the first quarter, as they led for most of the quarter, until Kayla (Hoohuli) hit the three foul goals at the end of the period to give us the lead for good."
"We played good defense tonight as we kept pressure on Ridgway. When we slacked off, the Ridgway girls were able to score on us," he noted. "We keep preaching to the girls that defense wins the ball game and tonight proved that, as we were not at our best offensively, at least in the early going. Offensively we didn't shoot the ball as well as I would have liked, as we hit on only 14 percent of our three-point shots, although our regular field goal percentage was a little better.
"Ridgway played us tough tonight, which was good, as this showed the girls that they have to work hard no matter who your opponent is. This was a good game for us in the fact that we were able to play all of our players, giving them some valuable game experience, which will help out down the road."
Kayla Hoohuli led the Lady Dutch with a triple double on Wednesday, as she finished the game with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals. Rachel Walker checked in with 13 points and eight rebounds. Mandy Gerarge had six points, Kiana Hoohuli five points, Jenna Anderson and Adair Gennocro three each, and Shelby Zomcik and Sloan Foster two each.
Ridgway was led by Bryton Dybowski and Nicole Breier with 12 points each. Christine Schauer had six points, Katie Oknefski four points and Bri Stenta two points to round out the Lady Elker scoring.
Kayla Hoohuli put the Lady Dutch up 2-0 early in the game on a layup. Ridgway then scored the next seven points (five by Dybowski and two by Breier) to take a 7-2 lead. Kiana Hoohuli hit a field goal to cut it to 7-4, then Breier connected for the Lady Elkers to push it to 9-4. Three foul goals by Kayla Hoohuli made it 9-7 before Breier scored again to make it 11-7. Kayla Hoohuli hit a trey to cut it to 11-10, then as time ran out in the period she was fouled trying a three-pointer. She went to the line and sank all three shots to give the Lady Dutch the lead for good at 13-11.
Anderson opened the second period with a trey and Zomcik scored on a lay-up, making it 18-11. Two missed foul shots by Ridgway were followed by field goals by Walker and Kayla Hoohuli. to make it 22-11. Breier scored for the Lady Elkers, but Walker answered with three points of her own, 25-13. A field goal by Schauer and a foul goal by Dybowski made it 25-26. Walker hit two field goals and Kayla Hoohuli one before the half ended to make the halftime score 31-16 in favor of the Lady Dutch.
Kayla Hoohuli and Gerarge opened the third quarter with buckets, 35-16. Schauer scored for Ridgway, but Gerarge and Hoohuli answered for the Lady Dutch, 39-18. A foul goal by Breier was followed by a Kayla Hoohuli field goal and a field goal and foul goal by Kiana Hoohuli to make it 44-19. Stenta scored for the Lady Elkers, but once again St. Marys responded with a trey by Gennocro and a field goal by Walker, 49-21. Oknefski hit a field goal and Dybowski a trey to cut the lead to 49-26 as the period ended.
Kayla Hoohuli (2), Walker, and Gerarge scored field goals to open the final period as the Lady Dutch went up 57-26. Breier and Hoohuli exchanged field goals, then Breier added a foul goal, Schauer a field goal and Dybowski a trey to cut the lead to 59-34. Kayla Hoohuli and Foster scored for the Lady Dutch, 63-34, then Oknefski scored for Ridgway to make it 63-36. Hoohuli ended the scoring with a field goal to make the final score 65-36 in favor of St. Marys.
Lady Dutch extended their record to 7-0 on the season and will be going after their fourth straight Elk County Tournament title tonight.
St. Marys turned the ball over 10 times last evening, compared to 32 for Ridgway.
St. Marys and Elk County Catholic will clash tonight at 6:30 p.m. for the tourney championship.
Ridgway Area 36
Bryton Dybowski 1-3-1-4-12, Katie Oknefski 2-0-0-0-4, Nicole Breier 5-0-2-6-12, Bri Stenta 1-0-0-0-2, Christine Schauer 3-0-0-0-6, EllenToncich 0-0-0-2-0, Jenni Thomas 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 12-3-3-12-36.
St. Marys Area 65
Shelby Zomcik 1-0-0-2-2, Kayla Hoohuli 11-1-6-7-31. Abbey Cribbs 0-0-0-0-0, Jenna Anderson 0-1-0-0-3, Sloan Foster 1-0-0-0-2, Adair Gennocro 0-1-0-0-3, DeAnna Yost 0-0-0-0-0, Rachel Walker 6-0-1-4-13, Kiana Hoohuli 2-0-1-3-5, Becky Krieg 0-0-0-2-0, Mandy Gerarge 3-0-0-0-6, Kali Quagliani 0-0-0-0-0, Jessie Donachy 0-0-0-0-0, Mia Keener 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 24-3-8-18-65.
Score by quarters
Ridgway 11 5 10 10 36
SMAHS 13 18 18 16 65