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ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team rolled to a 47-29 victory over the Brockway Lady Rovers Wednesday evening at ECCHS.
The two teams kept the score fairly close throughout the first half. ECC held a 10-7 lead at the end of the first period and extended their advantage to 25-15 at halftime. Brockway closed the gap slightly by the end of the third period, reducing ECC's advantage to 31-22.
"We looked a little rusty tonight, but we're playing good defense again," said ECC coach Ken Pistner.
However, Pistner noted that the team missed a lot of shots throughout the game.
Play was also halted for about half an hour due to a Brockway player sustaining an injury with 4:39 left on the clock in the second quarter.
"We started off really quick and then I think with that injury that happened, it kind of took the air out of the gym," Pistner said.
On a positive note, Pistner remarked that the team had limited their number of turnovers during the game.
"We had 25 turnovers against St. Marys, and we had us at 12 [in tonight's game]," Pistner said.
He also added that he was happy with the win, as well as with the fact that the scoring was spread between several different players.
"We're a deep team, so we're trying to get a lot of kids playing time. We need to because we're going to need all these kids. Sometimes when you do that you lose some continuity out there, and I think that's what you're seeing early in the season," Pistner said.
The Lady Crusaders were led offensively by senior forward Lexie Meholic with 12 points on five twos and a 2-for-2 night from the foul line. Junior center Taylor DaCanal added 11 points on five twos and a 1-for-2 night from the line.
"Lexie played a really good game tonight offensively and defensively. She was all over the place," Pistner said.
Leading the way for Brockway was Sara Guilyard with seven points on three twos and a 1-for-3 night from the foul line.
The Lady Crusaders scored the opening points on a bucket by Abbi Petrosky. Brockway cut the lead in half with a foul shot. ECC then recorded eight points on a pair of buckets by Meholic and twos by DaCanal and Kristy Hanes to take a 10-1 lead with 2:14 remaining in the first period. Brockway bounced back, though, and scored the next six points to end the quarter with the Lady Crusaders ahead by three, 10-7.
Elk Catholic added three quick buckets to start off the second quarter and extend their lead to 16-7. Brockway added their first bucket of the quarter with 6:45 left in the half. The teams then traded foul shots and ECC added two more buckets before play was stopped due to the Brockway injury. The Lady Rovers added a foul shot and a bucket and Meholic recorded two foul shots for ECC to keep the Lady Crusaders' advantage at around 10 points with just over a minute remaining in the half. The two teams traded buckets in the final seconds to send the game into halftime, with the Lady Crusaders ahead 25-15.
Brockway scored first to start off the second half. The teams traded buckets before ECC freshman Macy Neureiter added a pair of buckets for the Lady Crusaders. Brockway ended the quarter by making a foul shot and a bucket to slightly reduce ECC's advantage to 31-22.
The fourth quarter started off with a bucket by Hanes. The teams traded foul shots and then buckets. Petrosky added two foul shots from two trips to the line to help pad the Lady Crusaders' lead. After a bucket by Brockway, the Lady Crusaders added nine consecutive points on a bucket by DaCanal, a bucket and later a foul shot by Petrosky, and buckets by Neureiter and Weis. Brockway scored the final points of the game with under a minute remaining, making the final score 47-29 in favor of ECC.