ST. MARYS – 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.
“I thought we played really hard tonight. We’ve been playing good basketball of late and it continued tonight,” said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner.
“For 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,” said Pistner. Elk Catholic was 10 of 16 from the foul line, while St. Marys was six of 19.
“We have a really tough task playing undefeated Bradford Tuesday at Bradford. Hopefully we will continue to play good basketball,” 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.
“I think our turnovers and foul shooting were the keys to the game,” said St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli.
“I was pleased with the way we played. The girls hustled, worked hard and never gave up,” 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.