Meadville Tribune


January 10, 2014

Rockets too much for Lady Bulldogs

MEADVILLE — The good news for Meadville was that sophomore Kiashiah Newsome couldn’t be stopped offensively during the first half of the Lady Bulldogs’ Region 5 clash with visiting Slippery Rock on Friday night.

The bad news was she was the only Lady Bulldog scoring.

Slippery Rock used its own hot shooting early and a strong second half adjustment to leave Meadville’s House of Thrills with a 54-35 win, a result that was much closer in the early going than the final score would do justice.

The Rockets jumped out to a 13-6 lead before Newsome knocked down a 3-pointer to cut the Slippery Rock lead to four points. Meadville pulled within four points early in the second quarter as Newsome continued to create open looks for herself and knock down the shots.

As both teams continued to trade baskets during the second quarter, it was a 10-4 run to end the first half for Slippery Rock that gave the Rockets a 33-24 lead at halftime.

By the break, Newsome had already scored 15 of her team’s points. Unfortunately for Meadville (2-8, 1-2 Region 5), the sophomore was the only one scoring with consistency.

“The thing that hurt us is that we were lacking other scorers,” Meadville head coach Casey O’Shea said. “We need other people to step up and put the ball in the hoop. We had some shots, but we just didn’t put in the layups.”

For Slippery Rock (6-2, 2-1 Region 5) head coach John Tabisz, the plan at halftime was simple: Find a way to slow down Newsome.

“We just wanted to make sure that whoever was guarding her did not help elsewhere,” Tabisz said. “We tried to make her go left and feel uncomfortable with that shot, and it seemed to work. She gets her shot off quick and she can score, so we forced her to move left and it helped.”

The strategy paid off for Slippery Rock, as Newsome was held to six points the rest of the way as the Lady Bulldogs scored just 11 points in the second half.

Not helping matters was Meadville’s inability to pull down defensive rebounds throughout the night.

Midway though the third quarter, the Rockets’ Riley McGonigle missed a jumper, which was gobbled up by teammate Marissa Siebka. As Siebka’s shot missed the mark, another Slippery Rock offensive rebound was collected. By the time the possession finished, the Rockets had five offensive rebounds during one trip down the floor, which naturally ended with a made basket.

According to O’Shea, that simply can’t happen.

“I told the girls that a team might miss the first or second shot, but they will eventually make the third or fourth shot,” O’Shea said. “When you aren’t able to control a rebound, that will kill you. We have to work on boxing out and rebounding more.”

Slippery Rock’s Nicole Papley, the team’s leading scorer entering the game, struggled early on before finishing with 17 points. The difference between Meadville and Slippery Rock was the Rockets had a slew of other players step up and find the net while Papley was finding her shot.

“Papley had an off night,” Tabisz said. “Other kids stepped up, and we got enough separation that I could use my bench. We had a little more balance than (Meadville) did, and that was the difference. We had more kids that could score.”

The Rockets extended their nine-point halftime lead to a 44-28 advantage thanks to an 11-4 run to start the second half.

Newsome, who finished with 21 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs, was unable to find as many open looks during the second half, allowing the Rockets to continue to grow their lead down the stretch.

“If you do the math, we had 35 points total, and Kiashiah had 21 of them,” O’Shea said. “That’s 14 points for the rest of the team.”

Cadi McCoy and Tomera Schweter both finished with six points for Meadville, while Carley Glatch added two points to round out the scoring.

Slippery Rock was led by Papley and Siebka, both finishing with 17 points.

Meadville came into the contest following a tough four-point loss to rival Conneaut on Wednesday, one of the premier teams in Region 3. While O’Shea likely wanted that intensity to carry over from the Conneaut game, the Lady Bulldogs simply couldn’t generate the offense needed to keep pace with Slippery Rock.

But that doesn’t mean O’Shea’s young group isn’t headed in the right direction.

“I don’t think anything is necessarily a step backward,” O’Shea said. “Every game is a learning experience. I think we played really great against Conneaut, and I don’t think we were quite as good (Friday). I still think we did some things (Friday) that were positive, but there is still room for improvement.”

Text Only
  • Dunn.jpg H.S. Softball: Cards strike late for 2-0 win over Blue Devils

    “You can wait around all day,” Cochranton head softball coach Mark McGuire said. “But when the moment is there and the opportunity is in front of you, that’s when you have to get it done.”

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gallo’s single lifts CASH to win in extras

    “He got the hit because they were scared of Cole Baker,” said Cole Baker.
    He was just kidding around ... probably.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jordan Lynn Lynn leads Bulldogs over visiting Beavers

    “It’s a good thing we have that little break for Easter,” said Meadville track and field coach Carl Roznowski. “That should give her a chance to rest up those muscles.”
    Roznowski is talking about Bulldogs junior Jordan Lynn, who was a busy lady on Wednesday as the MASH boys and girls squads took on Corry in a Region 3 meet at the Barco-Duratz Athletic Complex.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Panthers stay unbeaten with win over Blue Devils

    Saegertown’s run to the District 10 boys volleyball championship a year ago was anything but easy.
    Needless to say, the Panthers have a little experience when it comes to dealing with tribulations. The Panthers put that experience to good use on Wednesday night in a Region 1 showdown.

    April 16, 2014

  • MLB replay Selig calls replay start ‘remarkable’

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
    While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cardinals roll to a sweep of Eagles

    The match only lasted three games, but Logan Herzberger still found the time to post a double-double, notching 14 kills and 18 digs while the Cochranton volleyball team swept Conneaut 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 during Region 1 action on Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Brendon Barclay Unbeaten Panthers need five games to top Bulldogs

    Through the first four games, there was no telling which team was undefeated and which team had only one win entering Monday night’s Region 1 volleyball clash between Meadville and Saegertown.
    By the fifth and deciding game, the cream rose to the top.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ogwumike goes No. 1

    It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.
    Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty.

    April 14, 2014

  • Watson pulls away at Augusta to win second green jacket

    One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That’s just fine with Bubba Watson.
    All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket.
    Instead of hitting a 40-yard hook out of a forest of Georgia pines — the signature shot in his playoff victory two years ago — the final act Sunday at Augusta National took place on the 18th green. Watson had a three-shot lead and consulted with his caddie on a 15-foot birdie putt.

    April 14, 2014

  • Harvick survives shootout for win at Darlington

    Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.
    Harvick was among several veteran drivers fighting for the Nationwide Series win Friday night when rookie Chase Elliott used fresher tires and a strong machine to move from the back of the pack to first place over the final two laps.

    April 14, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing

Is simplifying the U.S. tax code the best way to boost the economy? The code today is 73,608 pages and it grows every year. Which one of these suggestions seems like the best solution:

Make a progressive tax rate that’s a simple 6 percent for everyone.
End tax breaks for the “1 percent.”
It’s not as simple as one change — many things have to happen.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide