The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Sports

March 17, 2013

Vincentian ousts KC for 2nd year in a row

---- — WEXFORD — Sinkholes have captured national news lately after one opened inside a Florida house. Well, Saturday afternoon the Kennedy Catholic girls tumbled into a virtual sinkhole of their own and were never able to climb out.

The Lady Golden Eagles missed their first 10 shots of the PIAA Western Regional Class AA semifinals at North Allegheny High School, fell behind Vincentian Academy by a 10-1 score, and couldn’t recover.

That led to a 68-51 loss and the end of another great — but unfulfilled in their minds — season for the District 10 champions.

“We just couldn’t make our shots,” said a disappointed KC coach Tom Burns concerning the early deficit. “That put us in a real pickle and put (the Lady Royals) in the driver’s seat.”

Even Vincentian coach Ron Montcrief wasn’t expecting the quick jump. “I knew if we did what we had to do, we could get ahead early. But to break out like that ... Kennedy is a good team with good size and athleticism. It has been a good rivalry.”

Unfortunately for Kennedy, the Lady Royals have had the best of that rivalry, winning the last three meetings. VC defeated Kennedy in the western semis last year as well (56-51) and earlier this season (70-53).

On Saturday, the Lady Golden Eagles didn’t score until there was only 2:20 remaining in the first quarter. Courtney Sargent hit an inside basket on a put-back off a rebound.

KC did mount a slight comeback and trailed 15-9 after the opening frame. However, Kennedy only made 2 of 15 shots in the period.

In the second period, the Lady Royals were dominating every aspect, led by the unstoppable 6-foot-1 sophomore star Brenna Wise. And talk about holes, Vincentian actually moved ahead by 20 points — 33-13 — on a pair of free throws by Wise with 2:23 remaining in the half.

But KC put on a valiant 10-point burst to end the period. Sparked by a full-court press, the Lady Golden Eagles began to force turnovers and bad shots by the Royals. Rachel Burns put in a pair of free throws; Sargent and Hood canned baskets; Sargent made a foul shot; and Burns finished off the run with a traditional 3-point play that whittled the VC lead to 33-23 at intermission.

“We’ve seen every kind of press,” said Montcrief. “But our girls didn’t handle it well. I had to calm them down.”

Obviously the intermission was the “calm down” the Lady Royals needed.

The third quarter was a battle, but Vincentian moved on top 50-32 with 1:15 remaining. However, Kennedy senior standout Alex Ricketts nailed a 3-pointer with 1 minute remaining and Burns nailed a trey with 15 ticks left to hack the Lady Royals margin to 50-38 at the fourth-quarter turn.

In the final frame, Kennedy was able to cut the deficit to 8 points a couple of times but were forced to foul in the final 2 1/2 and Vincentian made 13 of 18 at the charity stripe to easily hold off the Lady Golden Eagles.

“I was proud of the way the team responded from behind by 20,” said Burns. “But while we cut it to 8, we just couldn’t get any closer. Vincentian is a great team and I hope they do well the rest of the way.”

Wise led Vincentian with 20 points, including 10-of-12 at the foul line, and was a demon on the boards. Abby Bartoszewicz and Maia Joiner each added 10 markers for the winners.

For Kennedy, it was the three seniors — Burns and Ricketts with 17 points each and Sargent with 10 — who led the way in their finals games.

“I’m really proud of my seniors,” said Coach Burns. “They had great careers. I’m so proud of my daughter Rachel who came back 100 percent from her (ACL) injury last year. It was special to be able to coach my daughter. And Alex Ricketts is going on to play Division 1 basketball (at Akron University). I’m not sure about Sargent, but she can play somewhere.”

The seniors were part of three straight District 10 championships. Ricketts finished her career with 1,420 career points and Burns had 1,088.

Kennedy closes out the season at 24-3, with two of the losses to Vincentian and the other to two-time defending AAA D-10 champion Franklin. The WPIAL champ Vincentian (28-1) will next take on Bishop Guilfoyle in the Western Regional title game Wednesday.

———

PIAA CLASS A

WESTERN REGION QUARTERFINALS

KENNEDY    9    14    15    13    51

VINCENTIAN    15    18    17    18    68

KENNEDY CATHOLIC —
Hood 2-2-2-6. Bocain 0-0-0-0, Burns 4-7-7-17, Ricketts 6-4-5-17, Sargent 3-4-6-10, Kish 0-1-2-1, Kress 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Burns 2, Ricketts 1. Totals: 15-18-22-51.

VINCENTIAN — Ab.Bartosezwicz  2-4-6-10, Wise 5-10-12-20, Key 3-0-0-6, Cash 2-0-1-4, Elliott 1-0-2-2, Gailbraith 2-1-1-5, Al. Bartoszewicz 1-0-0-2, Melvin 0-0-0-0, Marusic 2-0-0-9, Joiner 2-4-4-10. 3-pt. goals: Marusic 3, Joiner 2. Ab. Bartoszewicz 2. Totals: 21-19-26-68.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPORTVIEW: Johnny Football claims he has learned from his 'rookie mistakes'

    HERE ARE some thoughts from a guy who might have made a few “rookie mistakes” in his life, ala Johnny Manziel.
    Johnny Football admitted this past week that he made some rookie mistakes. Really?
    Usually rookie mistakes for most NFL newbies are throwing into coverage or fumbling the football because you don’t tuck it tightly to your side.

    July 27, 2014

  • NFL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sharon star Austin hopes to spark Lions' defense

    THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.

    July 21, 2014

  • Fighting cancer Racing to fight cancer

    Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
    Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break

    SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
    Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”

    July 20, 2014

  • Sky high Rutters earn spot in national motocross event

    The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
    Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sharon Football scramble Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble

    Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
    The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!

    HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
    The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
    What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).

    July 13, 2014

  • LeBron James Full text of LeBron's essay in SI

    LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team

    Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
    Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.

    July 10, 2014

  • Oprah lands first interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matthew

    Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.

    July 8, 2014

  • County champs Little League Tournaments

    Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.

    Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.

    Following are game reports:

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Cook The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary

    Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
    During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: John Cook here Monday for First Tee; other celebs on July 11

    THE RETURN of Tiger Woods to a PGA event sparked a lot of interest this past week. The return of John Cook to Buhl Farm Golf Course Monday will do the same locally.
    Cook, a standout on the Champions Tour and outstanding TV golf analyst, will conduct a clinic at 11 a.m. Monday at the course to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of The First Tee of Sharon program.
    It is open to the public at no charge.

    June 29, 2014

  • Tri-Athletes Hickory honors Tri-Athletes

    Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
    Fifty student-athletes (grades 9-12) were cited for having competed in at least one sport in the fall, winter and spring while maintaining a minimum B (85 percent) grade-point-average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the  academic year.

    June 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall

    HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
    OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
    Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.

    June 22, 2014

Top 25 (AP Poll)
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook