BP girls handle CV Colts
Bethel Park breathed a sigh of relief after handling Chartiers Valley, 46-33, in Section 4-AAAA girls’ basketball action.
“It is,” answered Lady Hawks’ skipper Jonna Burke. “It’s a relief to get this one.”
With the victory, the Lady Hawks remained in a tie for first place in the division with Mt. Lebanon. Both are 10-1 heading into their final league clashes.
While, the Blue Devils visit Upper St. Clair, on Feb. 7, Bethel Park travels to Baldwin. Though Lebo beat the Highlanders, thanks to a 20-point performance from Alex Venterone, they are a threat to the Lady Hawks says Burke.
“Baldwin’s a tough team. They always play us tough,” explained the BP floor boss. “Thursday isn’t going to be a walk through.”
Because the Lady Hawks started quickly, they waltzed past Char Valley. They jumped ahead, 11-0, and settled into a 16-4 edge before the Lady Colts could organize.
“After Lebo (a 49-35 loss for the Hawks), we realized we had to have intensity from the start of the game,” noted Burke. “This is a good comeback (from that defeat),” she added of the win over the Lady Colts, who made a run and narrowed the gap, 18-9, by halftime.
CV trailed, 27-20, after three quarters, but then Megan Marecic exerted her will on the outcome. The junior connected on back-to-back 3-point buckets as BP expanded its lead to 13, 35-22, with 5:12 to play.
“Those 3s came at a good time,” Burke said. “They were two big ones.”
Huge was BP’s shooting from the charity stripe. The Hawks connected on 11 of 13 foul shots in the fourth frame. Marecic was 5 of 6 down the stretch and Sam Simpson was 4-for-4. BP finished 21 of 24 from the free throw line.
“We wanted to get to the line more and drive more,” explained Burke of her team’s strategy against the Colts.
“Free throws saved us,” she added. “They made up for our low shooting percentage.”
Marecic finished with 15 points while Simpson followed with 14 markers. After Mariah Penascino’s 6-for-6 showing from the line, Harper Zimmer supplied five points, including a 3-pointer in the first frame.
For the Lady Colts, Cassidy O’Keefe fired in 14 points. Her 3-point field goal pulled CV within six points of BP, 24-18, with 52 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Mariah Wells and Jenna Devinney followed with eight and six tallies for the Colts, who slipped to 8-4 in the section and 14-6 overall.
In other section action, Upper St. Clair defeated Peters Township, 58-33, and moved a game ahead of the Highlanders in the bid for the final playoff spot in the section. The Panthers were 4-7 in the league and 10-10 overall heading into its last regular section game Thursday, Feb. 7 versus Mt. Lebanon.
In Section 4-AA play, Seton-La Salle pounded Steel Valley, 81-37, while Bishop Canevin downed Fort Cherry, 62-14. The Rebels and Crusaders tangle in the season finale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at SLS.