KANE - The Lady Crusaders of Elk County Catholic played an excellent game on Thursday night as they came up with a 59-46 victory over the Lady Wolves of Kane Area High in the District 9-A quarterfinals held at the Wolves' Den in Kane.
The Lady Crusaders never trailed in the ball game as they went out to a 6-0 lead early in the game and then held on for the victory. Three times during the game the Lady Wolves cut the Elk Catholic lead to one or two points, but each time the Lady Crusaders regrouped and pushed the lead back up to five or six points.
"This was a very big win for us against a very good Kane squad," noted ECCHS Coach Ken Pistner. "We got out to a quick start and that gave the girls some confidence that carried throughout the rest of the game. Getting out to a lead early in the game, especially on the road, is very important.
"We took care of the ball tonight and played with confidence. This was the fourth time we played Kane and the girls knew what they had to do to win the game and they followed the game plan very well. We struggled from the foul line most of the year, but tonight we shot excellent from the line.
"Abbi Petrosky and Karly Carnovale both had terrific games for us tonight. Both girls came up with clutch foul goals in the final period, Petrosky four and Carnovale five. Abbi also led us in rebounding with 10. Also in that final period we got some clutch field goals from Lexie Meholic, Emily Gregory and Kristy Hanes."
Abbi Petrosky led the Lady Crusaders in scoring on Thursday with 22 points on four field goals and a 14-for-16 night at the foul line. Karly Carnovale was also in double figures with 17 points on four field goals, a trey and a 6-for-8 night at the line. Emily Gregory and Lexie Meholic both checked in with eight points for the Lady Crusaders, followed by two each by Ellie Petrosky and Kristy Hanes.
"This is a great bunch of girls who played hard all season long and deserved to advance on in the playoffs, but it just wasn't to be," said Kane Area head coach Dave Kiehl. "Our big girls got into early foul trouble and that hurts us. We won 22 games this season and the girls deserve a lot of credit."
Kane was led in the scoring department by Kalia Jamerson and Dawn Saquin with eight points each. Andrea Saquin and Drew Wilson each had seven points, Drew Victory six points, and Audrey Perry and Nerissa Rich five points each.
The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 6-0 lead on field goals by A. Petrosky, Gregory and Meholic. Following a Kane bucket by Wilson, Carnovale hit a trey and A. Petrosky turned a three-point play to give the Lady Crusaders a 12-1 lead. A. Saquin turned a three-point play for the Lady Wolves, 12-5, then Carnovale hit a field goal to make it 14-5. A foul goal by Rich and a field goal by Perry made the score 14-8 at the end of the first period.
E. Petrosky pushed the Lady Crusader lead to 16-8 at the start of the second quarter, but a bucket by D. Saquin and two by Jamerson cut the lead to 16-14. Meholic and Jamerson exchanged field goals before A. Petrosky turned a three-point play and Gregory hit a field goal to push the lead to 23-16. D. Saquin and A. Saquin each hit a field goal for the Lady Wolves to cut the lead to 23-20. A. Petrosky hit two foul goals and Wilson one for Kane to make it 25-21. Two more Petrosky foul goals were followed by two foul goals by Rich to make the halftime score 27-23 in favor of the Lady Crusaders.
Carnovale opened the second half with a field goal, 29-23, then Perry turned a three-point play and Victory hit a field goal for Kane to cut it to 29-28. A foul goal by Carnovale, two foul goals by Petrosky and another field goal by Carnovale pushed the ECCHS lead back up to six points, 34-28. Victory and Petrosky exchanged points, then Wilson and Rich hit the final two buckets of the quarter to cut the Lady Crusaders' lead to two points, 36-34, at the end of three.
Carnovale and D. Saquin exchanged points at the start of the final period, 38-36. Hanes and Gregory hit field goals and Petrosky two foul goals to push the ECCHS lead to eight poitns, 46-38. Wilson and Gregory exchanged field goals, then Victory hit two foul goals to make it 46-40. Meholic scored on back-to-back layups and Petrosky added two foul goals to push the lead to 52-40 with about two minutes left in the game. In the final two minutes the ECCHS girls outscored the Lady Wolves 7-6 to win the game by a 59-46 score. In the final minutes, Elk's points were scored by Carnovale, 5, and Petrosky 2, while the Kane points were scored by Jamerson, A. Saquin and D. Saquin, two each.
The Lady Wolves finished out their season with a 22-3 record. Two of their three losses came at the hands of the Lady Crusaders. The Lady Wolves are the 2010-11 AML champions.
The Lady Crusaders are now 19-7 on the season and will take on the winner of the Union-Rimersburg vs. Port Allegany game in the semifinals of the District 9-A tournament. The time and date for the semifinal game is to be determined.
The Lady Crusaders turned the ball over 22 times while the Lady Wolves were guilty of 23 turnovers.
The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Wolves from the field 39-32, and from the foul line 20-14.
Elk Catholic 59
Abbi Petrosky 4-0-14-16-22, Maggie Sorg 0-0-0-0-0, Lexie Meholic 4-0-0-0-8, Taylor DaCanal 0-0-0-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 0-0-0-0-0, Ellie Petrosky 1-0-0--0-2, Morgan Onink 0-0-0-0-0, Anna Hawkins 0-0-0-0-0, Kristy Hanes 1-0-0-0-2, Emily Gregory 4-0-0-0-8, Helen Danz 0-0-0-0-0, Karly Carnovale 4-1-6-8-17. Totals 18-1-20-24-59.
Kane Area 46
Andrea Saquin 2-0-3-5-7, Ashley Wilson 3-0-1-2-7, Angie Geer 0-0-0-0-0, Drew Victory 2-0-2-2-6, Kalia Jamerson 3-0-2-2-8, Audrey Perry 2-0-1-1-5, Nerissa Rich 1-0-3-4-5, Dawn Saquin 3-0-2-2-8. Totals 16-0-14-18-46.
Score by quarters
ECCHS 14 13 9 23 59
Kane 8 15 11 12 46