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The Lady Dutch basketball team of the St. Marys Area High School recorded their 19th victory of the season on Saturday evening at the SMAHS Dutch Oven, defeating the Lady Crusaders of Elk County Catholic by a 62-42 score. This marked the third time this season the Lady Dutch came out on top against the Lady Crusaders.
"I was happy with the win tonight. This was a good game for us, as the Lady Crusaders are a good team and they made us work hard for the win," said Coach Bob Swanson of the Lady Dutch. "I have to give a lot of credit to Kayla (Hoohuli), as she didn't take a shot until late in the second period but directed our team on both ends of the floor. She finished the game with a triple-double: 33 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots, and had seven steals. She is the best all-around player I have ever coached."
"I was also very pleased with our defensive effort tonight, especially in the first half, as we held Elk Catholic to just 16 points. This type of game helped us get ready for the playoffs, when all the teams are good and you have to be at your best to beat them. We have two more games remaining on our regular season schedule, them we'll have about a two-week wait before our playoffs begin.
"Kiana (Hoohuli) played probably her best game of the season tonight, as she hit in double figures, scoring our first 11 points," said Swanson. "Adair (Gennocro) also turned in a good performance for us."
Kayla Hoohuli led the Lady Dutch in scoring on Saturday night with 33 points on seven field goals, two treys and a 13-for-14 night at the foul line. Kiani Hoohuli was next in the second column with 15 points on two field goals, three treys and a two-for-two night at the line. Adair Gennocro finished the night with six points, followed by Jenna Anderson with four, and Rachel Walker and Mandy Gerarge with two each.
"I was disappointed with the loss, but very pleased with the way the girls played tonight," said Head Coach Ken Pistner of the Lady Crusaders. "The girls played with intensity the entire 32 minutes tonight."
"Once again, our poor shooting from the field really hurt us, as we were only able to hit on 16 of our 73 attempts. Many of these missed field goals came from inside, which really hurt," said Pistner. "I thought we protected the ball very well tonight, which allowed us to get so many shots."
"Overall I feel we are still showing signs of improvement, as we have won nine of our last 11 games," added Pistner. "If we continue to show improvement I feel we will do okay in the upcoming playoffs. We close out our regular season on Tuesday evening when we host the Bradford Lady Owls. This will be our Senior Night."
Leading the Elk Christian squad in scoring on Saturday was Lexie Meholic with 12 points on five field goals and a two-for-two night at the line. She was followed by the Petrosky girls, Alli and Ellie, with eight points each, Taylor DaCanal with six points, Karly Carnovale with four, Emily Gregory with three and Maggie Sorg with one.
Abbie Petrosky led the Crusaders with 10 rebounds, while Lexie Meholic added six to the ECCHS cause. Karly Carnovale had five steals for the Lady Crusaders.
The Lady Crusaders grabbed an early lead as they went up 4-0 on buckets by Meholic and A. Petrosky. Kiana Hoohuli hit a trey to cut it to 4-3, then E. Petrosky put Elk up 6-3. A field goal and trey again by Kiana gave the Lady Dutch an 8-6 lead. DaCanal tied the game at 8-8 for the Lady Crusaders, but Kiana hit another trey just before the buzzer to give the Lady Dutch the lead for good at 11-8.
Anderson pushed the Lady Dutch lead to 13-8, with Meholic cutting it back to 13-10 seconds later. Gerarge scored a field goal and Gennorco a trey to push the SMA lead to 18-10. Another Meholic bucket was followed by a Kayla Hoohuli field goal and another trey by Gennocro, 23-12. A. Petrosky scored for the Lady Crusaders, but Kayla hit a field goal and a trey and Kiana a field goal to push the lead to 30-12. DaCanal scored the final bucket of the half to cut the halftime lead to 14 points, 30-16.
In the third quarter, the two teams matched points, witch each scoring 18 points. Kayla scored to open the half, then Meholic and A. Petrosky scored for Elk. Kayla added two foul goals, then Gregory hit a foul goal, E. Petrosky a field goal, Carnovale two foul goals and E. Petrosky another field goal to cut the lead to 34-27. Kayla hit a trey to push it to 37-27. Sorg hit a foul goal and E. Petrosky another field goal to cut the lead back to seven, 37-30. Anderson scored for the Lady Dutch, followed by five Kayla points to push the lead to 44-30. A. Petrosky and Kayla exchanged foul goals, then Meholic scored to make it 46-34. Kayla was fouled at the buzzer and proceded to make two of the three foul shots to make the score 48-34 going into the final period.
Meholic cut the lead to 48-36 with two foul goals, but Walker and Kayla each hit a field goal for the Lady Dutch, 52-36. Carnovale scored for Elk, but Kayla matched it. DaCanal added two EC foul goals, but Kayla Hoohuli scored the final six points of the game to give the Lady Dutch a 62-42 victory.
The Lady Dutch are now 19-1 on the season and 11-1 in the District Nine League. The Lady Dutch have two games this week: on Wednesday they will host Johnsonburg and on Friday they will be at Ridgway.
The Lady Crusaders slipped to 15-6 on the season and have one game remaining in the regular season. On Tuesday they will play host to the Bradford Lady Owls. This will be Senior Parent Night for the Lady Crusaders.
The Lady Dutch were 15 of 16 from the foul line, while the Lady Crusaders were 10 of 16. Lady Dutch turned the ball over 22 times, while the Lady Crusaders had 19 turnovers.
Elk County Catholic 42
Abbi Petrosky 3-0-2-6-8, Maggie Sorg 0-0-2-2-1, Lexie Meholic 5-0-2-2-12, Taylor DaCanal 2-0-2-2-6, Ellie Petrosky 4-0-0-0-8, Anna Hawkins 0-0-0-0-0, Kristie Hanes 0-0-0-0-0, Emily Gregory 1-0-1-2-3, Helen Danz 0-0-0-0-0, Karly Carnovale 1-0-2-2-4. Totals 16-0-10-16-42.
St. Marys Area 62
Kayla Hoohuli 7-2-13-14-33, Jenna Anderson 2-0-0-0-4, Adair Gennocro 0-2-0-0-6, Rachel Walker 1-0-0-0-2, Kiana Hoohuli 2-3-2-2-15, Mandy Gerarge 1-0-0-0-2, DeAnna Yost 0-0-0-0-0. 13-7-15-16-62.
Score by quarters
ECCHS 8 8 18 8 42
SMAHS 11 19 18 14 62
Lady Dutch win JV game
The Lady Dutch junior varsity squad made it a clean sweep on Saturday night as they nipped the ECCHS Lady Crusader JV squad by an 18-17 score.
The Lady Dutch went up 9-4 in the opening period, with the Lady Crusders cutting it back to 13-10 at the half.
Neither team displayed much offense in the third quarter, as the Lady Dutch scored the only two points of the period with less than a minute remaining in the quarter to go up 15-10. Elk Catholic outscored the Lady Dutch 7-3 in the final period, but fell short as the St. Marys Area girls held on for the 18-17 victory.
ECCHS scoring: Michelle Imbrogno 3, Morgan Onink 10, Steph Zimmerman 2, Haley DaCanal 2.
St. Marys scoring: Abby Cribbs 7, DeAnna Yost 6, Sloan Foster 3, Jessie Donachy 2.