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ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders stayed perfect on the season as they defeated the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch by a 41-35 score Friday night to capture the 2011 Elk County Girlsâ€™ Holiday Basketball Tournament crown. The Lady Crusaders are now 7-0.
The game was close for most of the 32 minutes of play. With 5:18 left in the game, the Lady Dutch were able to knot the score at 33 on a foul shot by Becky Krieg. In the closing minutes, Elk Catholic was able to outscore St. Marys 8-2 to win the game 41-35.
â€śIt was nice to get the win,â€ť said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner.
â€śAgain, we played hard but we need to take better care of the ball. Finally, in the last quarter we took better care of the ball,â€ť said Pistner.
Unofficially, both teams turned the ball over 25 times in the contest.
â€śOur halfcourt offense turned the ball over too much. We struggled to find the right combination but we had a good effort for an early season game,â€ť said Pistner.
The Lady Crusaders were led offensively by Lexie Meholic with 11 points on three field goals and a five-for-nine night from the foul line. Kristy Hanes scored 10 points on four field goals and a two-for-four night from the foul line.
The Lady Dutch were led by Adair Gennocro with nine points on three field goals and a three. Sloan Foster and Kiana Hoohuli each had six points.
â€śWe just couldnâ€™t get a flow going,â€ť said St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli.
â€śWe were able to get five girls on the court that were able to execute the offense,â€ť Hoohuli noted.
â€śWe didnâ€™t do a bad job of changing defenses. Every timeout was about defense tonight,â€ť she added. â€śElk Catholic scored offensively tonight, we didnâ€™t.â€ť
Elk Catholic opened the game with a 6-0 run as Hanes hit a field goal, Petrosky two foul shots and DaCanal a field goal. Foster scored for the Lady Dutch, with Petrosky answering for Elk Catholic. Foster converted two foul shots and Gennocro hit a three to cut Elkâ€™s lead to 8-7 at the end of the first period.
The Lady Crusaders scored six points to open the second period as Petrosky sank two foul shots and Imbrogno and Macy Neureiter hit field goals, 14-7. Hoohuli and Becky Krieg scored for St. Marys, 14-11. Meholic scored on a putback, with Taylor Schutz scoring for St. Marys as Elk Catholic led16-13 at the half.
Meholic gave Elk Catholic the 18-13 lead to open the third period. Rachel Krieg and Foster scored for the Lady Dutch, 18-17. Petrosky sank a foul shot and DaCanal a two, 21-17. A three by Hoohuli cut the ECC lead to 21-20. DeAnna Yost tied the game at 21 with a foul shot. DaCanal scored for Elk, with Hoohuli sinking a foul shot. Meholic made it 25-23. Yost converted a three-point play to knot the game at 25. Gennocro gave the Lady Dutch their first lead of the game, 27-25. A foul shot by Meholic made it 27-26. Andersonâ€™s field goal made it 29-26 with 31 seconds left. Meholic sank a foul shot, making the score 29-26 in favor of St. Marys at the end of three.
Andersonâ€™s foul shot gave the Lady Dutch a 30-26 lead to open the fourth quarter. Hanes scored six points for Elk on two field goals and two foul shots as ECC went up 33-30 with 6:04 left in the game. Gennocro made the score 33-32. A foul shot by Becky Krieg tied the game at 33. Petrosky made a foul shot and Meholic converted two, giving Elk the 36-33 lead at the 3:22 mark. A putback by DaCanal made it 38-33 with 2:27 left. Neither team scored until the 29-second mark, when Meholic sank one of two foul shots. Elkâ€™s Morgan Onink sank two foul shots with six seconds left to make the score 41-33. Gennocro hit a field goal with one second left, making the final score 41-35 in favor of Elk Catholic.
Abbi Petrosky of Elk Catholic was named the MVP Offense while St. Marys Areaâ€™s Adair Gennocro was MVP Defense.
Other members of the all-tournament team are: Nicole Breier of Ridgway, Brittany Watts of Johnsonburg, DeAnna Yost of St. Marys Area, Lexie Meholic and Maggie Sorg of Elk County Catholic.
The Lady Crusaders are now 7-0 on the season. They return to action next Wednesday when they host the Brockway Lady Rovers at the ECCHS gym. Junior varsity is set for 6 p.m. and varsity 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Dutch are now 3-5 on the season. They return to action next Tuesday when they travel to Brookville to take on the Lady Raiders. Junior varsity is set for 6 p.m. and varsity 7:30 p.m.
Lady Crusader head coach Ken Pistner won his 200th game Friday night in the championship contest. He now has a 200-55 record in his 10th year as head coach.