The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


December 22, 2013

Roundup: KC girls beat Irish; Greenville mat coach sets mark

- — Some very good Kennedy Catholic High girls basketball teams of recent vintage have ventured to Youngstown and been unabashedly upstaged by Ursuline. However during Saturday’s non-conference matinee, the only upstaging was conducted by Kennedy.

The visiting Lady Golden Eagles erased a 22-21 halftime deficit by defensing the Irish into oblivion — just 6 second-half points — en route to a 49-28 road rout.

“The key was our defense,” assessed 1st-year KC Head Coach Chris Mele. “We really emphasized our defense (in practice) the past two days, and we talked about limiting (the Irish) to one shot the second half, and we did do that.

“They got one look, and we guarded the right people at the right time,” Mele mused, continuing, “Our emphasis was their two ‘bigs’ (6-foot-1 sophomore post Tanaya Beacham and 6-foot senior Xavia King).

“And the sweetest part of this all is that we were without April (Bocian, KC’s 6-3 sophomore frontliner, who was academically ineligible for the game). That’s just a testament to all these kids,” an admiring Mele admitted.

“Our girls did a great job of fast-breaking, and we also were patient, we ran the offense, and we got some great looks,” he added.

Kennedy captured its initial lead when Tatum Kress connected, courtesy of Taylor Zacherl’s pass. That 23-22 Lady Golden Eagles’ edge with 7:28 remaining in the 3rd quarter continued for the duration.

Kennedy completely commanded the quarter, outscoring Ursuline 19-2. The Irish misfired on 12 of 13 floor shots and committed 4 miscues. KC claimed its largest lead (47-26) with 3:58 remaining as Kish converted a free throw.

Keying Kennedy Catholic (4-1) were Hood, Kish and O’Brien, with 15, 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Kress contributed a 9-point, 9-rebound line. Hood handed out 3 assists, as did O’Brien, and Kish another pair.

“We had a very good team effort,” Mele said. “Two people who really stuck out – and I don’t want to take away from anybody – but Taylor Hood really ran the offense, and Tatum Kress did a great job on defense and rebounding. But they all showed great leadership.”

Though KC committed 17 miscues, the Lady Golden Eagles (4-1) ended 19 for 36 from the floor, owing to numerous back-door cuts and dribble-drive penetration. And it was outrebounded by just a 28-27 margin.

Ursuline (3-5) was led by Beacham’s 11 points and 7 rebounds, but the Irish’s undoing was 10-for-46 shooting and 18 turnovers. Ursuline went more than 3 full minutes without scoring at the outset of the 4th frame.  Simone Comer connected with 4:56 left, at which point KC was in command, 44-26.

“I’m just very proud of this team,” Mele admitted, later adding, “This is a great group of kids, we’re very close, we play together, and that’s going to be a key for us. … We were fortunate enough to win this, and the Franklin game (54-37),” Mele noted. “Those are two big wins for our program, and it’s all a testament to our girls working hard.

“We’re looking forward to making a run … but we’ll stay grounded,” Mele emphasized. “We’re on the road quite a bit this year, and I like that because it’s gonna make us road-tested, and hopefully ready for our league.” — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.


ä West Middlesex 60, Rocky Grove 57 (2OT) —
At Franklin, the Ms. Reds improved to 5-2 with a thrilling double-overtime non-region victory against the Lady Orioles.

In the final seconds of regulation, WM trailed by 3 points and Alyson Pierce fired up a 3-pointer, but was fouled. She converted the first shot and missed on the 2nd, so she purposely missed the 3rd shot and Morgan Atterholt grabbed the rebound and scored to tie the game.

In the 1st overtime, the Ms. Reds trailed by 2 points and Noelle Murray tied it with a shot with 2 ticks left in OT.

Murray scored 18 to lead WM, Gretchen Elsey had 15 and Atterholt bucketed 12.

Amber Nerlich fired in a game-high 21 for RG and Aleece Schiffer had 20. Also, Karyn Holden scored 10 points.

ä Sharpsville 27, Reynolds 21 — At Sharpsville, coach Jeff Hanley’s Lady Blue Devils improved to 2-4 with the 6-point non-region win over the Lady Raiders.

Kayla Kurelko scored 6 points to lead Sharpsville and Izzy Schell grabbed a dozen rebounds.

Kayla Thompson scored a game-high 8 points for Reynolds (0-7).


PBC Holiday Shootout

ä Farrell 68, Sto-Rox 51 —
At the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Holiday Shootout on Saturday at Aliquippa High School, the Steelers improved to a perfect 6-0 with the win over the Vikings (2-4) of WPIAL Section 6-AA.

Ike Jones had 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead Farrell. Also, Tyrone Archie registered 13 points and 8 boards, Malik Miller had 12 points and dished out 7 assists and Chris James added 11 points and 4 assists.

Makil Allen scored a game-high 17 points for Sto-Rox.


Region 2 Duals

The Greenville High Trojans, defending region champions, rolled through the competition at the Region 2-AA Duals Saturday at Greenville going a perfect 5-0.

The Trojans of Coach John Reynolds defeated Commodore Perry, 74-6; Cambridge Springs, 50-24; Maplewood, 68-7; Northwestern 69-12; and Girard, 78-8.

With the victories, coach John Reynolds surpassed the all-time win record of legendary Greenville coach, the late Dave Clelland who amassed a 171-14 mark at head mentor of the Trojans.

Reynolds now has mark of 175-49 in his 11th year as head coach of Greenville.

“Our family is very happy for John Reynolds, his coaching staff and his wrestlers and want to congratulate John on passing Dad’s win record at GHS,” said Dave Clelland. “Dad would have been one of the first to congratulate John on his accomplishment. This is something the entire GHS Wrestling family, fans and former wrestlers should celebrate as it is an indication that the GHS Wrestling Program is still strong and flourishing, 40 years after Dad retired from coaching.”

Reynolds has always extended credit to his assitants as part of the success and have included names like: Brian Holzshu, Chris Cox, Brent Beckstein, Dave Cornelius, Kevin Kean, Andrew Jones, Dillon Sarcinella, and Dan Wilkerson.

Records for Greenville matmen at the Region 2 Duals were as follows:

Michael Lineman (106-113) 4-0; Jase Paxton (113-120) 5-0, Michael Montello (120) 1-1; Joseph Safner (120-126) 5-0; Aaron Artherholt (126-132) 0-2; Blake Reynolds (132-138) 5-0; Derek Watt (145) 4-0;  Gavin Wilkerson (138-145) 5-0; Jacob Rickert (152) 4-1; Gage Gladysz (160) 5-0; Zach Miller (170-182) 5-0; Justin Reynolds (182-195) 5-0; Alex Ho (195) 3-1; James Wilkerson (220) 2-2; Randall Peabody (220-285) 3-2; Mason Horne (285) 1-0.

ä Sharon 36, Redbank Valley 30 — At Clarion University of Pa., the Tigers improved to 3-0 with the hard-fought win.

Jason Clark (138), Cory Buchanan (160), Beau Dignall (182) and Brice Laughlin (195) notched falls for the Tigers.

Mitch Blose (152) and Cal Haines (220) had falls for Redbank Valley.

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