Lebo edges CV
Progress trumps triumphs. That’s Dori Oldaker’s philosophy for when she was reminded that Mt. Lebanon now had a two-game winning streak after victories against Oakland Catholic, 46-23, and Chartiers Valley, 48-45, the Blue Devils’ head coach replied, “I don’t care about wins. I want to try to get better.”
Lebo will start at the free throw line. The Blue Devils need to improve that aspect of their game.
See, after converting 14 of 16 of their attempts from the charity stripe in three quarters, they made just six of 13 in the final frame. That dismal showing, in part, enabled CV to overcome a 16-point deficit before falling, 48-45, in a key Section 4-AAAA match played Monday at Lebo.
“Free-throwing shooting hurt us down the stretch,” Oldaker admitted. “We make those and it’s not as tight.
“But, there is still a lot from this game we can learn and build from,” she added.
From the Colts, Lebo learned a lesson in hustle. CV’s fire sparked them to a slim lead, 18-17, by halftime. The Blue Devils, however, started the second half with a 12-point run to vault into the lead before CV closed to 38-27 by frame’s end.
“In the first half, they out-hustled us,” said Oldaker. “We changed that in the second half. We were a little more determined.”
CV remained determined to the bitter end. Hoops by Cassidy O’Keefe and Mariah Wells as well as a 3-point field goal by No. 14 Mazzarini enabled the Colts to close within one, 46-45, before Alex Ventrone sealed the victory in the waning seconds with a pair of free throws.
Ventrone finished with nine points while Maddie Collins and Margie McCaffrey each supplied 11 markers for Lebo. Jordan Holmes pitched in 10 tallies.
Wells led the Lady Colts with 13 points. Mazzarini and Kristina Coyne each fired in eight points while O’Keefe and Alexa Golden finished with six markers each.
When asked if her team lost its focus once it mounted its biggest advantage, 36-20, with two minutes to play in the third stanza, Oldaker replied, “absolutely not. We’ve got to knock down those free throws.
“CV is a very good team. They are not going to stop hustling and playing hard. They were ready for us.”
While Lebo improved to 3-1 in the section and 9-2 overall, CV slipped to 4-1 in the league and 8-3 overall. The Blue Devils visit Baldwin, a 46-21 winner versus Peters Township, on Thursday, Jan. 11.
Marecic leads BP
Bethel Park and Megan Marecic will be up next for Chartiers Valley as the Lady Hawks host the Colts at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10.
Marecic spearheaded BP’s comeback against Lebo.
In BP’s 60-54 triumph, Marecic exploded for 25 points, including 10 in the decisive fourth quarter. With the Hawks trailing, 54-49, the 5-11 junior buried a 3-point field goal then scored off an offensive rebound. She ignited a BP fastbreak with her steal then dished off to Paige Kochka-Puskar for the final points.
“Mt. Lebanon did their best to take her out of the game and Megan struggled for the first three quarters, but something came over her at the end and she thought ‘I have to take it over,’” said BP skipper Jonna Burke.
“She did. She found the right gaps and seams and played like the kid that she is. That’s what you hope for and expect from your best kid. It’s a big moment for her because she stepped up when we really needed her to.”
Puskar and Harper Zimmer also stepped up and finished in double digits with 12 and 11 tallies respectively. Samantha Simpson supplied eight markers.
Christine Ehland and Alex Ventrone each pumped in 14 points for Lebo. Margie MacCaffrey followed with 10 tallies.
In other action, the Lady Macs dropped a 43-36 decision to Baldwin.
Danielle Parker and Olivia Lorruso led the Lady Macs with 15 and 13 points respectively.
However, in follow-up play, CM succumbed to Upper St. Clair, 55-47.
Elayna Kaylor and Jordan Serio each fired in 15 points for the Lady Panthers. Lorruso and Brittany Hutchison each chipped in 12 points for the Lady Macs. Parker and Justine Burnquist both finished with 11 markers.
Previously, USC fell to Gateway, 52-43. Madison Serio and Constance Raftis scored in double figures for the Panthers, finishing with 14 and 11 markers respectively.
South Fayette lost to Quaker Valley, 38-30, but rebounded to beat Moon, 42-28, in Section 5-AAA play.
Emily Anderson and Shannon Gillespie each had nine points for the Lady Lions in the loss to QV. In the win over the Tigers, the pair finished with 11 points each.
Also, in the section, Keystone Oaks topped the Quakers, 58-44. The Lady Golden Eagles. Maryssa Agurs pumped in 17 points while Lexy Mercuri provided 15 markers.
Bishop Canevin defeated Chartiers-Houston, 56-22. Erin Waskowiak and Celina DiPietro led the Lady Crusaders with 17 and 19 points respectively. Ashley Balzer fired in seven for the Lady Bucs.
The Lady Crusaders also bested Brentwood, 54-12. While Dipietro and Waskowiak finished with 12 and 10 tallies respectively, Carly Forse pitched in 12 points.
Additionally, Seton-La Salle topped Wilkinsburg, 72-7. Cassidy Walsh (15), Naje Gibson (12) Natalie Piaggesi (11) and Nicolete Newman (10) all placed in double figures for the Rebels.