It wasn’t a banner performance, but it was a benchmark evening for Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball coach Tom Burns.
Burns’ Lady Golden Eagles eased past visiting Grove City, 53-34, Thursday night in a District 10 inter-region affair.
By virtue of the victory KC secured Burns’ 100th career coaching win.
“A hundred wins in five-and-a-half years, it’s a testimony to the program. It’s really developed over the last five years,” Burns said. “I don’t play a single minute in any game, but it was nice to have led them to a hundred wins, and I feel very pleased and priviledged to have been here.”
At Hermitage, KC secured a 15-7 first-quarter lead and maintained a double-digit margin throughout. However Kennedy Catholic became cavalier with the basketball, and the Lady Golden Eagles ended with 22 turnovers.
“I think Grove City came out and they gave us great pressure early, but I think my girls weathered the storm,” Burns assessed. “We didn’t play a great game, but I don’t think we played a bad game. We probably didn’t look as good as we normally do because they played so well, not because we played so bad.
“So hats off to Grove City,” Burns praised regarding 1st-year interim head coach Mike Hostetler. “That program is doing well. ... We had some dumb turnovers and forced the ball a couple times when we didn’t need to,” Burns admitted. “We go through some growing pains sometimes and I don’t understand why we want to rush it when we’re winning by 20. The pressure’s not on us, it’s on (the opponent). I’m not really sure (of the reason) ... maybe the comfort of the lead,” Burns speculated.
Kennedy Catholic’s half-court traps proved problematic as the visiting Lady Eagles ended with 29 miscues and shot only 33 percent (11 of 33) from the field.
Corianne Hyduchak hit 11 points for Grove City (9-3), but was the Lady Eagles’ lone double-figure scorer.
Keying Kennedy Catholic (9-1) to its 8th consecutive conquest was Courtney Sargent, who scored a game-high 17 points and hauled down 8 caroms; Alex Ricketts, who recorded a 14-point, 5-assist, 4-rebound line, and Rachel Burns, who bucketed 10 points and handed out 3 assists, as did Taylor Hood.
KC connected on 19 of 46 floor shots and outrebounded Grove City — which had its 6-game win skein snapped — 29-23.
Notes: Former Grove City High head coach and Mercer County Hall-of-Famer Roger Flynn, who returned from retirement this season to assist Hostetler, guided Grove City to victory in the JV game, 37-33. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Mercer 54, Lakeview 33 —At Mercer, the host Lady M’s (3-0, 8-3) forced 33 turnovers and cruised to the Region 2-AA victory over Lakeview (0-4, 2-9).
The Lady Sailors actually trailed 8-6 midway through the 1st quarter before Mercer went on a 26-6 run over the rest of the 1st half.
Megan McKinney led all scorers with 25 points and 10 steals, while Lexi Arkwright tacked on 14 points, 7 steals and 4 assists.
Lakeview was led by Chelsea Davis and Raygan Fisher, who evenly split 16 points — Information submitted by sports correspondent Corey J. Corbin.
ä Sharpsville 50, Wilmington 30 — At New Wilimington, the visiting Lady Blue Darlings’ defense did not permit Wilmington to reach double figures in any one quarter until the finale.
Sharpsville (3-0, 5-5) clawed its way to the .500 mark, also.
“The region (2-AA) games are most important,” veteran Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley asserted. “We really need to focus in on them and start to make a run.”
For Sharpsville, Megan Davis delivered a career-high 22-point performance, McKenzie Popatak pumped in 18 points, Paige Scurpa secured a game-high 10 rebounds, and Natalie Henwood handed out 10 assists.
For Wilmington (1-3, 3-9), Tessa Sikora scored 11 points.
ä Greenville 57, Sharon 37 — At Greenville, the host Lady Trojans trounced Sharon in the Region 2-AA affair.
With the contest knotted at 33 entering the final frame, Greenville garnered 24 fourth-period points while Sharon scored 4.
Jessica Burnett bucketed a game-high 17 points for Greenville (3-1, 4-5), Casslyn Holder hit 15, while Maddie Williams went for 11.
Lexi Dabney deposited a 14-point, 7-rebound, 3-steal line for Sharon (2-1, 6-4) and Kayla Reardon recorded a dozen.
ä Hickory 66, Titusville 12 — At Titusville, the visiting Lady Hornets humbled the Lady Rockets in a Region 5-AAA rout.
Rebounding from its lone loss of the season, Hickory (2-1, 9-1) was led by Jenna Placzek’s 11-point, 11-rebound, 3-steal line, Nikki Arbanas’ 14 points and half-dozen steals, Holly Grober’s 18-point, 9-steal, 5-rebound, 3-assist outing, and Megan Chess’ 7 assists and 7 points. Also, Brandi Beader and Nicole LaCava lent a half-dozen caroms between them.
Titusville remained winless in region play (0-4) and tumbled to 1-10 overall.
ä Conneaut Area 43, Reynolds 14 — At Crawford County, the host Lady Eagles eased to the inter-region rout.
For Conneaut Area (9-2), Kristen Baker bucketed a game-high 15 points, Lindsey Shidemantle scored 10 and Challen Litwiler lent another 10 tallies.
Reynolds fell to 2-8 overall.
ä West Middlesex 42, Jamestown 20 — At the “Fish Tank” in Jamestown, the Ms. Reds moved to 4-7 with the non-region win over the Lady Muskies (0-10).
Molly Stitt scored 10 to lead WM while Kasey Mitchell and Savannah Miller had 4 points each for Jamestown.
ä Lakeview 70, Cambridge Springs 44 — At Cambridge Springs, coach Gary Burke’s Sailors improved to 10-2 with the non-region rout over the Blue Devils (2-8).
Brandon Rice fired in 19 points to lead Lakeview, Dalton Boggs bucketed 15 and Coty Gander added 14 markers.
Marcus Palmero had 13 to lead Cambridge Springs.
ä Lakeview 40, West Middlesex 34 — At West Middlesex Wednesday, the visiting Sailors of coach Tom Tingley prevailed in a tight match that saw 7 weight classes forfeited.
Notching falls for Lakeview were Evan Clayton (106) and Sam Breese (285). Picking up pins for West Middlesex were: Gavin Kroesen (138), Eric Lucich (170), Jeff Spencer (220).
ä Maplewood 2234, Brookfield 1985 — At Bell-Wick Lanes, Maplewood prevailed. Maplewood was paced by Justin Gardner with a 404 total.
Brookfield individual scores were: Adam Brooks 150-224—374, Bradley Bridge 154-165—319, Nick Kerr 156-140—296, Joey Grandon 133-158—291, Jacob Yereb 96-122—218.
JV — Maplewood 1725-1512.
ä Hickory-Red 5, Meadville 1 — Hickory-Red was led by Rachel Mettee (203) and Danielle Logan (171), while Elaina Snyder rolled a 225 game for Meadville.
ä Kennedy Catholic 6, Hickory-Black 0 — Keying Kennedy were Brianna Gibbs (164), Holly Salcedo and Brittany Orlando, while Shanchi Dholu (141) led Hickory-Black, aided by Jessica Flynn and M.K. Bair.
It wasn’t a banner performance, but it was a benchmark evening for Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball coach Tom Burns.
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