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ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch squad a 47-38 District 9 League setback Saturday night at the ECCHS gym.
The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Dutch 12-7 in the first eight minutes of play and 12-7 in the second quarter to open a 24-14 halftime lead. They led by 11 at the end of three quarters, 33-22. The fourth quarter saw the Lady Dutch outscore ECC 16-14, making the final score 47-38.
â€śI thought we played really hard tonight. Weâ€™ve been playing good basketball of late and it continued tonight,â€ť said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner.
â€śFor the most part our defensive effort was good. One big difference in the game was our advantage at the foul line. We did a much better job of getting to the basket and drawing fouls tonight than the last time we played,â€ť said Pistner. Elk Catholic was 10 of 16 from the foul line, while St. Marys was six of 19.
â€śWe have a really tough task playing undefeated Bradford Tuesday at Bradford. Hopefully we will continue to play good basketball,â€ť added Pistner.
The Lady Crusaders were led offensively by Abbi Petrosky with 20 points on seven field goals and a six-for-eight night from the foul line. Lexie Meholic scored 13 points on four twos, a three and a two-for-four night from the foul line.
The Lady Dutch were led by Adair Gennocro with 17 points on four twos, two threes and a three-for-eight night from the foul line. Kiana Hoohuli added 11 points on four field goals and a three-for-nine night from the foul line.
â€śI think our turnovers and foul shooting were the keys to the game,â€ť said St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli.
â€śI was pleased with the way we played. The girls hustled, worked hard and never gave up,â€ť added Hoohuli.
The game opened with the Lady Crusaders opening an 8-0 lead as Petrosky and Taylor DaCanal hit field goals, Lexie Meholic sank two foul shots and Petrosky added another field goal. Becky Krieg made the score 8-2 on a field goal. Meholic scored for Elk, 10-2. Rachel Krieg and Gennocro scored for St. Marys, 10-6. Kristy Hanes made the score 12-6. Hoohuli sank a foul shot, making the score 12-7 at the end of the first period in favor of ECC.
Elk Catholic is now 19-2 on the season and 7-2 in District 9 League play. They won the Allegheny Mountain League North Division with a 6-0 record.
St. Marys is now 9-11 on the year. They finished play in the District 9 League with a 4-6 record.
The Lady Crusaders will close out their regular season on Tuesday when they travel to Bradford to take on the undefeated Bradford Lady Owls in a District 9 League game. Junior varsity tips off at 6 p.m., with varsity set for 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Dutch will return to action Wednesday when they travel to Johnsonburg to take on the Ramettes. Junior varsity is set for a 6 p.m. contest, with the varsity set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Elk County Catholic junior varsity squad held off the St. Marys Area squad for a 28-26 win in the preliminary contest.
St. Marys took a 6-4 first-period lead. The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Dutch 12-6 in the second quarter to take a 16-12 halftime lead.
Elk outscored St. Marys 10-7 in the third period for a 26-19 lead with one period remaining. The Lady Dutch outscored the Lady Crusaders 7-2 in the fourth quarter but came up short as Elk won 28-26.
ECC scoring: Hayley DaCanal 2, Rachel Stauffer 4, Marla Scacchitti 2, Chiara Genevro 6, Maddy Schneider 4, Erin Petrosky 6, Kirstie Wehler 4.
SMA scoring: Jackie Lenze 3, DeAnna Yost 4, Cassie Daniels 7, Rachel Krieg 12.