Lady Crusaders win 9-A consolation over Kane

CLARION – The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders won the District 9-A consolation game Saturday by defeating the Kane Lady Wolves by a 47-25 score.The Lady Crusaders will now take on Southern Fulton, the District 5 champion, on Saturday at a time and site to be announced. Kane will take on Vincentian, the District 7 champion, also on Saturday at a site and time to be announced.The Lady Crusaders capitalized on a 16-0 run to open the contest. The Lady Wolves did not get on the board until the 55 second mark when Drew Victory scored on a putback. Elk Catholic led 18-2 at the end of the first period.“We had a great start offensively and a great end defensively,” said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner. The Lady Crusaders held the Lady Wolves scoreless in the fourth quarter.“After our poor game Tuesday night it was important for us to come back strong today,” said Pistner.“Kane gets the ball down low on the blocks and they’re going to score. Kane overplayed in the second quarter and we didn’t adjust. We were a little more aggressive in the third quarter than the second,” noted Pistner. The Lady Wolves outscored Elk 15-9 in the second period to cut the ECC lead to 27-17 at the half. “I thought it was a great job by our bench today,” said the coach. “Our plan was the press the entire game. And by using the bench we were able to give the starters a little rest now and then and keep the pressure on.”The Lady Crusaders were led offensively by Lexie Meholic with 10 points on five field goals. Kristy Hanes was next with eight points followed by Michelle Imbrogno with seven, Taylor DaCanal, Abbi Petrosky and Julia Sweeney all with six.Kaila Jamerson and Dawn Saquin led Kane with six points each. Shannon Kocjancic added five.The game opened with Elk taking a 16-0 lead as DaCanal started off with a two followed by Hanes’ three. Hanes and Petrosky added twos with Hanes hitting another three. Sweeney hit a field goal and Imbrogno added two foul shots making it 16-0 with 1:26 left in the quarter. Victory scored for Kane before Sweeney converted two foul shots giving Elk the 18-2 first period lead.Victory made the score 18-4 to open the second period of play. Kocjancic sank one of two foul shots as did Petrosky. Kane went on a 6-0 run as Saquin, Jamerson and Saquin again hit field goals, 19-13. Petrosky sank a foul shot and DaCanal added a field goal, 22-13. Saquin converted two foul shots and Nerissa Rich added a field goal making the score 22-17 with 58 seconds left in the half. DaCanal hit a two for ECC and Imbrogno hit a three with two seconds left as Elk led 27-17 at the half.Meholic scored twice to start the second half. Jamerson and Petrosky traded buckets, 33-19. Kocjancic and Jamerson hit field goals to cut Elk’s lead to 33-23. Meholic and Maggie Sorg scored for Elk, 37-23. Audrey Perry scored what would be Kane’s final points of the game with 1:22 left in the third. Sweeney and Meholic scored for Elk to give the Lady Crusaders the 41-25 lead at the end of three quarters.The final eight minutes of play found ECC outscoring Kane 6-0 to win the game 47-25. Imbrogno, Meholic and Macy Neureiter scored for Elk.Elk Catholic is now 23-4 on the season.Kane is now 20-8 on the season. ECC outrebounded Kane 33-32. DaCanal and Sweeney led ECC with five each while Jamerson led Kane with eight.Kane had 23 turnovers to ECC’s 12.