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December 20, 2012

Roundup: KC girls beat Sharpsville; Greenville tops Lakeview

---- — ä Kennedy Catholic 67, Sharpsville 49 — At Sharpsville, the visiting Lady Golden Eagles eased to their 4th consecutive conquest, despite the absence of head coach Tom Burns.

Burns’ 5th-year assistant, Sara Hurl, guided the Lady Golden Eagles as Burns was ill.

Alex Ricketts recorded 21 points, tossing in 5 treys, and Courtney Sargent secured a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double to key Kennedy (4-1). Also, Rachel Burns bucketed 11 points and she, Rebekah Kish and Taylor Hood handed out 3 assists each.

KC coasted to a seemingly safe 39-13 margin at intermission before the host Blue Darlings staged a 2nd-half comeback bid. Four different Kennedy cagers connected from beyond the arc during the 1st half.

“I was happy with the girls’ performance. We came out strong in the first half,” Hurl assessed. “The third quarter we struggled a little bit initially, but I think we were able to maintain ... the level we needed to be at to win.

“Coach Burns, he wasn’t feeling well. He was at home, getting some much-needed rest and recovery. ... He wanted the win and we got it for him. So we were doing this for him,” Hurl added, admitting, “I got a little nervous there in the third quarter, but hopefully I did all right for him.”

Sharpsville (1-4) suffered the setback, but the Blue Darlings displayed some better energy during the 2nd half.. McKenzie Popatak produced 19 of her game-high 25 points after intermission and also snared 7 caroms. Also, Kayla Kurelko connected for a trio of treys and Natalie Henwood handed out a handful of assists.

However Sharpsville shot only 4 for 19 and committed 11 first-half miscues as the Blue Darlings dug themselves a hole after 16 minutes.

“We just need that effort consistently,” Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley said regarding the Blue Darlings’ 36-point 2nd-half output. “They did play well in the second half. Once you start to get into a flow and get after some loose balls and all of a sudden your ‘threes’ start falling and you’re attacking the rim and drawing some fouls ... But we also knocked down some shots, and that always makes things easier.

“We know what we’re gonna get from ‘Mac’ (Popatak), every game,” Hanley continued, “and the fact she’s been so consistent for four years has been impressive. And Kayla Kurelko and Megan Davis (10 points, 2 triples), when they get going, they’re fun to watch and they give us that second and third option really well.

“I just want them to recognize that this effort they put in the second half, to make sure we bring it practice and to our game Friday against West Middlesex,” Hanley continued. “We’re sitting at 1-4, but we’ve played some good teams. We talked to the girls and we know we’re not a 1-4 team, and we know things are gonna turn around. But when you play Slippery Rock and Kennedy and Cranberry, you’re dealing with two of the top teams in the state in their respective regions. And next week we have North East, which is the top double-A team in western Pennsylvania. But (the tough early-season schedule) will help us in the long run.

“We just have to bring this effort, concentration and discipline that we did in the second half (Wednesday night),” Hanley concluded.

Hurl played at Kennedy (Catholic) Christian for former head coach Father Rick Tomasone, who guided the Lady Golden Eagles to a PIAA championship.

“He definintely taught me a lot, playing for him,” Hurl said with a smile, “but it’s a different style basketball now. The girls — we run with a play — but there’s a lot more freedom for them to use their skills and abilities, and they proved themselves (Wednesday) night.” — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

ä Greenville 43, Lakeview 26 — At Greenville, the Lady Trojans (1-0, 2-4) led 21-14 at halftime and went on to notch the Region 2-AA lidlifter for both teams.

Jessica Burnett bucketed 11 points to lead the Lady Trojans.

Casey Stringer paced the Lady Sailors (0-1, 2-4) with a game-high 15 points.

A full box was not submitted to The Herald.

BOYS BASKETBALL

ä Sharon 62, Ursuline 53 —
At Tiger Gymnasium in Sharon, the Tigers (2-2) led 14-4 after the 1st quarter and went on to beat the Irish (0-6).

Khalil Hopson rifled in 23 points for Sharon while Darrell Stovall added a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double.

Ryan Strollo fired in 23 points and Desmond McElroy bucketed 16 for Ursuline.

ä Mercer 57, Rocky Grove 44 — At Mercer, the Mustangs (3-2) and Orioles (0-6) were tied at 26-all at halftime, but Mercer outscored Rocky Grove 13-2 in the 3rd quarter to pull away and grab the non-region win.

Nate Guiler drained 3 treys en route to a game-high 18 points to lead the Mustangs.

Brandon Morrison buried 4 treys for Rocky Grove and finished with 15 points.

ä Saegertown 65, Reynolds 54 — At Transfer, the visiting Panthers prevailed by pouring in 20 fourth-period points.

Saegertown’s Austin Scere scored 18, Rigby recorded 20, while Dustin Pavlik produced 11 as the Panthers improved to 2-3.

Gahrett Frable finished with 18 points, Kyle McConnell connected for a dozen, and Cory Woods went for a trio of treys for Reynolds (3-2).

Saegertown shot 16 for 25 from the free-throw line (64 percent), as opposed to the host Raiders’ 11-for-23 performance.

ä Girard 64, Jamestown 13 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, Region 6-AAA Girard (3-1) led 20-3 after the opening 8 minutes and cruised to victory over the Region 1-A Muskies (0-5).

Buster Johnston scored 11 to lead the Yellowjackets while Nason McCall added 10 markers.

Ryan Livingston and Todd Dupree had 3 points each for Jamestown.

ä Oil City 43, Grove City 40 — At Grove City Tuesday night, the host Eagles erupted for 17 fourth-period points. However a 1-point 3rd quarter cost them a 2nd straight Region 5-AAA setback.

Way went for 11 points for the undefeated Oilers (1-0, 4-0), who converted 13 of 19 free-throw attempts.

For Grove City (0-2, 1-4), Derek Turner tossed in a trio of treys, tallying 11.

ä Wilmington 80, Jamestown 38 — At New Wilmington Tuesday night, the host Hounds hammered the Muskies in the inter-region affair.

Wilmington (3-2) went out to a 70-24 lead through 3 periods.

Jesse Hilliard hit for 21 points, Ryan Brumbaugh bucketed 15, Dimitri Martini mustered 11, and Jordan Smith scored 10 for the Greyhounds. Martini manufactured a trio of treys.

For Jamestown (0-4), Alex Boylan bucketed 20 points.

ä Lakeview 59, Commodore Perry 21 — At Stoneboro Tuesday night, the Sailors (5-0) led 20-1 after the opening quarter and cruised past the Panthers (0-6) in the non-region contest.

Casey Greggs (17), Dalton Boggs (13) and Coty Gander (13) scored in double digits for Lakeview.

Cody Beachy and Tyler McCracken both had 5 points for CP.

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