ALTOONA – The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders' season came to on end on Saturday afternoon at the Altoona Area High School gym, as they were defeated in the opening round of the girls' PIAA Class A State Championship tournament by two-time defending state champion Bishop Guilfoyle. The Lady Marauders handed the Lady Crusaders a 36-19 loss in that opening-round game.
The Lady Crusaders played the Lady Marauders pretty evenly, except for a two-minute run at the end of the second period, when the Lady Marauders ran off 11 straight points to extend their lead from six points to 17 points at the halftime break.
“I was happy with the way we executed our game plan today and other than the closing couple of minutes at the end of the first half, we played them pretty even,” said Ken Pistner, ECCHS head coach. “Once again, our shooting hurt us, as we just couldn’t get the ball to fall through.
“Bishop Guilfoyle has a really good team and I felt we did a good job on defense against them, holding them to just 36 points. I am proud of the way the girls played for the entire 32 minutes of the game, as they never let up.
“Our seniors, Karly Carnovale, Emily Gregory, Ellie Petrosky and Anna Hawkins, deserve a lot of credit for our 20-win season, as they worked hard all year long and provided leadership to our younger players. I am sure they are disappointed that the season has ended.
“A good thing about today’s game is it allowed me to use our entire bench and give the younger girls playing opportunity against a quality team in a playoff situation. Our younger players went against the BG starters and performed very well against them, and this will go a long way in preparing them for next season.”
Elk Catholic was led in scoring by Emily Gregory, Karly Carnovale and Kristy Hanes with four points each, followed by Abbi Petrosky with three points and Lexie Meholic and Maggie Sorg with two points each.
Bishop Guilfoyle was paced by Halee Adams with 20 points on nine field goals and two foul goals. She was followed by Kelsey Livoti with seven points, Elyssa Ehredt with five points and Devin Stessney with four points.
The first period was a very low-scoring period, as both teams played exceptional defense. The Lady Marauders scored the first six points of the period to take a 6-0 lead before Elk Catholic’s Maggie Sorg scored the first ECC points, 6-2. Shortly before the period ended, Adams scored for the BG girls to make it 8-2 at the end of the first period.
The second period started out as another defensive struggle. Elk’s Emily Gregory scored the first points of the period at the 5:58 point to cut the lead to 8-4. Two BG foul goals a little later pushed the lead to 10-4. With about three and a half minutes left in the period, Abbi Petrosky scored for the Lady Crusaders, 10-6, but BG answered with a bucket seconds later, 12-6. In the closing two and a half minutes of the period, the BG girls went on an 11-point run to push the lead to 23-6 at the end of the first half.
Lexie Meholic scored on a putback to open the second half, 23-8. A three-point play by Adams pushed the lead to 26-8. Kristy Hanes connected on two straight field goals to make it 26-12, then an eight point run by the Lady Marauders pushed it to 34-12. Gregory closed out the scoring in the period with a field goal to make it 34-14 at the end of three.
The final period was all defense, as the Lady Crusaders held the Lady Marauders to just two points, while they were able to score five points, one by A. Petrosky and four by Karly Carnovale, to make the final score 36-19.
The Lady Crusaders finished the season with a 16-6 regular-season record, were 1-1 in the AML playoffs and were 3-1 in the District 9-A playoffs and 0-1 in the PIAA State Playoffs for an overall 20-9 mark.
Bishop Guilfoyle is now 25-1 on the season and will advance to the second round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Seniors wearing the maroon and gold for the final time were Anna Hawkins, Emily Gregory, Karly Carnovale and Ellie Petrosky.
Elk Catholic had 12 turnovers in the game, while the Bishop Guilfoyle girls had nine.
ECCHS 2 4 8 5 - 19
BGHS 8 15 11 2 - 36
Elk County Catholic 19
Emily Gregory 2-0-0-1-4, Abbi Petrosky 1-0-1-2-3, Lexie Meholic 1-0-0-0-2, Karly Carnovale 1-0-2-2-4, Taylor DaCanal 0-0-0-0-0, Kristy Hanes 2-0-0-0-4, Ellie Petrosky 0-0-0-0-0, Maggie Sorg 1-0-0-0-2, Anna Hawkins 0-0-0-0-0, Helen Danz 0-0-0-0-0, Morgan Onink 0-0-0-0-0, Michele Imbrogno 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 8-0-3-5-19.
Bishop Guilfoyle 36
Elyssa Ehredt 2-0-1-1-5, Kayla Bates 0-0-0-0-0, Devin Stessney 2-0-0-0-4, Kelsey Livoti 2-0-3-6-7, Halee Adams 9-0-2-3-20. Totals 15-0-6-36.