The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch picked up their 11th win of the season on Saturday evening as they defeated the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders by a 58-50 score in a District Nine League encounter at the Aaron J. Straub Gymnasium on the Elk Catholic campus.
The Lady Crusaders jumped out to the early lead in the game, only to have Kayla Hoohuli of the Lady Dutch score eight of the next 10 points to give the Lady Dutch the lead. Elk rallied early in the second quarter to regain the lead, only to have the Lady Dutch bounce back to take a 10-point halftime lead. The Lady Dutch pushed their lead to 15 points in the third quarter, with the Lady Crusaders rallying to cut it back to five at one point, but that was as close as they were able to get, as the Lady Dutch held on for the win.
â€śI was happy with the way we played tonight, as the girls worked hard both offensively and defensively,â€ť said SMAHS Coach Bob Swanson following the game. â€śElk Catholic is a very good team and have improved since the first time we played them in the Holiday Tournament.â€ť
â€śOnce again we got a great game out of Kayla (Hoohuli), as she finished with 12 rebounds, 10 steals and seven blocked shots to go along with her 39 points,â€ť added Swanson. â€śWe also got a great game of Adair (Gennocro). She has really stepped it up in the last few games. Overall, the entire team played well tonight.â€ť
St. Marys Areaâ€™s Kayla Hoohuli led all players in the game with 39 points on seven field goals, three foul goals and a 16-for-19 night at the foul line. Adair Gennocro was next for the Lady Dutch with nine points, followed by Mandy Gerarge with six and Shelby Zomcik and Kiana Hoohuli with two each.
â€śI feel we played a good ball game tonight, as we are showing improvement with every game,â€ť said Ken Pistner, head coach of the Lady Crusaders. â€śThe girls played very hard and never gave up, as they rallied several times to stay within striking distance. We actually outscored the Lady Dutch from the field, but the foul line proved to be the difference tonight, a s they were 24 of 34.â€ť
â€śAbbi Petrosky turned in a great game for us tonight, as she had 10 rebounds to go along with 16 points,â€ť added Pistner. â€śWe will have to regroup from this loss and get ready for our next game on Wednesday against the Curwensville Golden Tide.â€ť
Abbi Petroski led the Lady Crusaders in scoring on Saturday with 16 points on seven field goals and two foul goals. She was followed by Karly Carnovale with 14 points on two field goals, three treys and a foul goal. Lexie Meholic, Ellie Petrosky and Emily Gregory each checked in with six points, while Maggie Sorg rounded out the scoring with two points.
The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 5-0 lead as Meholic scored one and A. Petrosky four points. Gerarge hit two foul goals for the Lady Dutch, 5-2. Meholic and Hoohuli exchanged a foul goal, 6-3, then Carnovale hit a trey to make it 9-3 with a little over a minute left in the period. Hoohuli then took things into her own hands, scoring the next seven points to give the Lady Dutch a 10-9 first-period lead.
Petrosky tied the game for the Lady Crusaders at the start of the second period, then Ellie and Abbi Petrosky scored to give Elk a 14-10 lead. Hoohuli and Gennocro both hit foul goals and Krieg and Hoohuli field goals to give the Lady Dutch a 16-14 lead. Following a missed foul shot by Elk, Gennocro and Hoohuli hit treys to make it 22-14. A. Petrosky cut it to 22-15 with a foul goal, but Hoohuli hit a trey and two foul shots to make it 27-15. Carnovale and Zomcik exchanged field goals and Meholic scored just before the half to make it 29-19 in favor of St. Marys.
Hoohuli opened the second half with two field goals, followed by a field goal by A. Petrosky, 33-21. Gennocro and E. Petrosky exchanged points, then Hoohuli added three more for the Lady Dutch, 38-23. Gregory and Hoohuli exchanged fielders, 40-25, then Elk ripped off eight straight points, two each by Gregory, Carnovale and the Petrosky sisters, to cut the lead to 40-33. Gerarge hit for the Lady Dutch to make it 42-33, but Gregory and A. Petrosky scored for Elk to cut it to 42-37. Gennocro score two and Hoohuli three for SMA to push the lead to 46-37 before Carnovale converted a four-point play to cut the lead back to five, 46-41. Kiana Hoohuli scored the final bucket of the period to give St. Marys a seven-point, 48-41 lead after three quarters.
Hoohuli opened the final period with a bucket, 50-41. Sorg scored for Elk, but Gennocro added two foul goals to keep the lead at nine, 52-43. A. Petrosky cut it to 52-45, then Hoohuli hit four straight foul goals to push the lead to 56-45. Carnovale connected on her third trey to take it to 56-48, but Hoohuli added two more foul goals, 58-48. A. Petrosky ended the scoring in the game with a bucket at the buzzer to make it 58-50 in favor of the Lady Dutch.
St. Marys Area is now 11-1 on the season and will return to action this evening when they play host to the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks in a District Nine League game. Game time for the junior varsity is 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow. The Lady Dutch are 3-1 in the District Nine League.
The Lady Crusaders slipped to 6-4 on the season and will return to action on Wednesday evening when they play host to the Curwensville Golden Tide in an AML game. Game times are 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Lady Crusaders are 0-2 in the District Nine League.
St. Marys Area 58
Shelby Zomcik 1-0-0-0-2, Kayla Hoohuli 7-3-16-19-39, Adair Gennocro 0-1-6-11-9, Kiana Hoohuli 1-0-0-0-2, Mandy Gerarge 2-0-2-4-6. Totals 11-4-24-34-58.
Elk Catholic 50
Abbi Petrosky 7-0-2-3-16, Maggie Sorg 1-0-0-0-2, Lexie Meholic 2-0-2-4-6, Ellie Petrosky 3-0-0-0-6, Emily Gregory 2-0-2-2-6, Karly Carnovale 2-3-1-4-14. Totals 17-3-7-13-50.
Score by quarters
SMAHS 10 19 19 10 58
ECCHS 9 10 22 9 50
ECCH JVs win
The Elk Catholic junior varsity squad picked up a win in the preliminary game as they defeated the Lady Dutch by a 33-23 score.
St. Marys Area took a 2-1 lead in the opening quarter of play, but the Lady Crusaders came back in the second period to outscore the Lady Dutch 19-6 to take a 20-8 halftime lead.
The Lady Dutch outscored Elk 6-4 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 24-14. Both clubs scored nine fourth-quarter points as the Lady Crusaders held on to win by a 33-23 score.
St. Marys scoring: Abbey Cribbs 7, DeAnna Yost 2, Sloan Foster 4, Becky Krieg 2, Jessie Donachy 8.
ECCHS scoring: Chiara Genevro 5, Michelle Imbrogno 6, Morgan Onink 14, Taylor DaCanal 4, Kayla Weis 4.