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March 8, 2014

GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs

- — The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.

Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.

“Greensburg is a very good and physically strong team, which really hurt us,” said Mercer head coach Aaron Cook said. “They played great defense, but I don’t think we lacked any effort in regards to what I asked them to do. We guarded everyone they had with our whole hearts, and for that, I’m so proud of my girls.”

Three treys in the opening minutes for Greensburg Central Catholic gave the team a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady M’s trailed the Centurions 30-17 at halftime, led by Arkwright’s 13 first-half points. Both teams equally scored 10 points apiece in the third frame, however GCC kept Mercer to only 4 points in the final quarter.

For Greensburg Central Catholic, Carolyn Appleby had 21 points and 4 steals. Nicole Adisey contributed 13 points and 5 assists, Brittany Stawovy had 12 points, and Leah Bisignani and Megan Stunja each had 10 rebounds.

“Mercer is a very good basketball team. I was impressed with how hard they drove the ball to the hoop,” said GCC head coach Joe Eisaman. “I was also impressed with how their defense stopped our transition. I know my point guard was frustrated at times because she wasn’t finishing on the breaks that she was used to finishing.”

The Lady M’s will say goodbye to Arkwright, who had 1,315 career points, ranking her third in Mercer girls basketball history after Sandi Bittler (1,493) and Sheila Bolyard (1,359). Mercer will also lose Alexis Mills, Megan McKinney, and Jordan Fisher to graduation.

“This is a special group of girls and I’m going to miss them to death,” Cook said. “There wasn’t a dry eye in that locker room at the end of the game. They’re going to be a tough group of girls to replace, on and off the floor. They’re absolutely model kids.”

Greensburg Central Catholic, who has no seniors on its roster, will advance to play Seton LaSalle who defeated Blairsville 58-37, on Tuesday. Site and time TBA.

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PIAA PLAYOFFS

1st ROUND

GREENSBURG    14    16    10    16    56

MERCER    8    9    10    4    31


GREENSBURG CENTRAL CATHOLIC — Mirgliano 1-1-2-3, Appleby 7-5-11-21, Stawovy 5-0-0-12, Moore 1-0-0-2, Adisey 5-3-7-13, Stunja 1-0-0-2, Bisignani 1-1-2-3. 3-pt. goals: Appleby 2, Stawovy 2. Totals: 21-10-22-56.

MERCER — Arkwright 8-3-4-20, Mills 0-1-2-1, McKinney 0-2-4-2, Cook 1-2-2-4, Glass 2-0-2-4, Gault 0-0-2-0, Angermeier 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Arkwright 1. Totals: 11-8-16-31.

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