SLS girls thump Canevin, 66-35
John Ashaolu believes you play the way you practice. Hence the Seton-La Salle girls’ basketball coach was none surprised that his Lady Rebels went to Bishop Canevin Jan. 14 and skunked the Crusaders, 66-35, in a critical clash between two unbeaten Section 4-A clubs.
The Rebels practiced “hard” the better part of two hours in preparation for their showdown with their rival and last year’s WPIAL championship opponent.
“In our practices,” Ashaolu said, “we get after it. We practiced real tough and with a lot of intensity. I’m a strong believer that you go hard in everything you do.”
At SLS, even walk throughs are as challenging as practices. In fact, right before the Canevin contest, Ashaolu said he wasn’t satisfied with some of things his players were doing that they ran so much. Observers wondered if the team would have anything left.
“That translated over to the game,” he said. “The girls responded.”
Indeed, the Rebels jumped on the Crusaders, bolting to a 10-0 lead that expanded to a 31-10 advantage. Though Canevin closed the gap to 31-15 by halftime, SLS widened the margin to 46-21 after three quarters.
“Defense set the tone,” said Ashaolu. “We play it as a team.”
While Cassidy Walsh was shutting down Canevin’s top scoring threat, Erin Waskowiak, the Rebels’ offense continued to roll. In rolling to a 12-1 record, Seton-La Salle has scored 993 points for an average of 70.6 per game.
Naje Gibson led the way with 19 points. The junior recently topped 1,000 for her career with 14 markers in the Rebels’ win against Hollidaysburg during the weekend’s Gateway Hoops Classic.
Nicolette Newman supplied 14 points while Angela Heintz and Katherine Hart chipped in nine and eight tallies respectively. Shaunay Edmonds came off the bench and provided seven points. The freshman has an abundance of talent says Ashaolu.
“I’m really hard on her but she can take that. She has a lot of potential. I tell her ‘I want you to be great not good’ and she’s playing at a level that will accelerate her development.”
Earlier, SLS breezed by Steel Valley, 83-34. Walsh (18), Newman (17), Heintz (12) and Gibson (11) spearheaded the uprising.
Canevin also participated in the Gateway Tournament and succumbed to the host Gators, 51-50.
Waskowiak (14), Celina DiPietro (17) and Carly Forse (13) all finished in double digits. Forse was tops for the Crusaders with 15 points against the Rebels.
The Crusaders also downed Fort Cherry, 46-31. Forse exploded for 22 while Gina Vallecorsa provided 10 tallies.
In Section 4-AAAA action on Monday, Mt. Lebanon topped Upper St. Clair, 54-39. Christine Ehland topped all scorers with 24 points. Jordan Serio and Rachel Mazzie scored eight each for USC.
Previously, Lebo edged Archbishop Wood, 52-50, in the Play-by-Play Classic held in Philadelphia, as well as Baldwin, 44-38.
A pair of free throws by Margie McCaffrey with 17.9 seconds to play propelled the Blue Devils past Archbishop Wood. Alex Ventrone pumped in 16 points. Jordan Holmes provided 12 markers. Amanda Frostega topped out with 10 tallies against the Highlanders.
USC dropped a 51-40 decision to Kennedy Christian in the Gateway Tournament. Jordan Serio fired in 18 points. Additionally, the Lady Panthers knocked off Peters Township, 55-48, in section action. Serio tallied 13 while Rachel Mazzie led with 18. Elayna Kaylor also pitched in 10 tallies.
Tops for the Indians were Bridget Loether with 20 and Madison Kerr with 11 markers.
The Indians also succumbed to Canon-McMillan, 54-48. In the Lady Macs’ first win, Olivia Lorusso and Abby Gillespie fired in 17 and 15 points apiece. Kerr (13), Loether (11), Cameron Morgan (10) and Casey Cogley (10) led the PT attack.
With less than 18 seconds to play, Harper Zimmer buried a bucket and lifted Bethel Park to a dramatic, come-from-behind victory, 37-36, over Chartiers Valley. Zimmer finished with 11 points while Megan Marecic topped out with 15 markers.
For the Colts, who jumped to a 10-0 leads and kept that 10-point bulge at halftime, received 13 points from Kassidy O’Keefe and 11 tallies from Mariah Wells.
In follow-up play, the Lady Hawks dispatched Baldwin, 44-39. Marecic and Sam Simpson each scored 13 points.
Behind Emily Anderson’s 23 tallies, South Fayette trimmed Trinity, 53-40. Caitlin McLuckie and Kelly Korpos provided 11 and 10 markers for the Lions.
Char-Houston topped Washington, 47-28. Addy Knetzer and Megan Kraushaar finished with 13 and 10 points.
The Bucs also beat Brentwood, 54-40. Ashley and Amanda Balzer led the way with 19 and 12 points respectively.
Finally, Keystone Oaks smashed Montour, 62-28. Maryssa Agurs exploded for 27 points. Kayla Brownlee followed with 10 tallies.