Meadville Tribune

January 18, 2014

Lady Scots upset second-ranked Gannon in overtime

Meadville Tribune
Meadville Tribune

EDINBORO — In one of the biggest wins of head coach Stan Swank’s career, the Edinboro women’s basketball team handed No. 2 Gannon their first loss of the season 75-72 in overtime at McComb Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

The Fighting Scots extended their winning streak to seven games while improving to 12-3 overall and 6-0 in the PSAC West. Gannon dropped to 17-1 and 6-1, respectively.

The game featured seven ties and 12 lead changes in a back and forth affair between the top two teams in the PSAC West. Gannon largest lead was eight points and last led by that amount up 16-8 with 13:14 left in the first half. Edinboro’s largest lead was three points, which they held with 5:20 remaining in the first half (24-21) and for the final 17 seconds of the game.

Edinboro trailed for most of the second half until Darche’ Jackson hit a three-pointer with five minutes remaining in the second half to give the Fighting Scots a 60-59 lead, their first lead in 18 minutes.

Following Jackson’s 3-pointer, there were four lead changes and three ties to close out regulation. Jackson’s jumper with 1:21 remaining would give the Fighting Scots a 64-63 lead. On the other end, Valerie Majewski fouled Nettie Blake with 57 seconds left to play. Blake made one of the two free throws to tie the game at 64.

In the final minutes the Scots missed the front end of a one-and-one and turned the ball over. Kelly Sundberg missed a jumper as the clock expired to send the game into overtime at 64-64.

The Lady Knights scored the first four points of the extra period to go ahead 68-64 with 3:21 remaining. After missing her first two shots of overtime, Jackson responded by making her next two shots. Her jumper with 1:44 left in overtime tied the game at 68.

The two teams would then trade the next four baskets. Valerie Majewski, who had just five points in regulation, hit a 3-pointer with 1:06 left to give the Scots a 71-70 lead. Jen Papich responded soon after, making a layup to give the Knights a 72-71 lead with 49 seconds to play.

The Fighting Scots turned to Laurel Lindsay on the other end. With 25 seconds left in the game, the junior drove to the basket and made a layup to give Edinboro a 73-72 lead. Blake would turn the ball over on the subsequent possession. On the in-bounds play, the Scots got the ball to Majewski who was immediately fouled. With 17 seconds left, the junior guard hit both free throws and the Fighting Scots led 75-72. Majewski scored five of the Scots final seven points, doubling the amount she had in regulation.

Gannon had one last chance but a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded fell astray.

Jackson led the game with a season-high 22 points. The senior guard also added five assists and three rebounds. Lindsay finished with 15 points and led the team with seven assists. Majewski had 10 points and six rebounds.

The Lady Knights were led by Blake who finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Papich was the only other Gannon player to score in double-digits, finishing with 16 points.

Fromknecht fuels Gators

GRANVILLE, Ohio — Sophomore Kaitlyn Fromknecht recorded her first collegiate double-double as the Allegheny women’s basketball squad shook off a halftime deficit to pick up a critical 76-69 overtime win over North Coast Athletic Conference rival Denison University on Saturday afternoon.

Fromknecht anchored 38 points in the paint and 18 second chance points for Allegheny (10-6, 4-3 NCAC), finishing Saturday’s contest with new career highs in points (14), rebounds (11), and blocks (5). Jessica Mrdjenovich tallied 19 points, shooting 7-of-16 from the field, while picking up five rebounds, a team-high three assists and two steals.

Sophmore Emma Pellicano spearheaded Allegheny’s late game heroics, finishing the contest with 17 points. Rachel Vigliotti finished with 11 points.

Men’s Basketball

Knights too much for EUP

EDINBORO — The Edinboro men’s basketball team had four players score in double figures against local rival Gannon on Saturday afternoon, but that was not enough as the Scots suffered a 71-59 loss to the Golden Knights in a PSAC West matchup at McComb Fieldhouse.

Edinboro fell to 0-6 in PSAC West play and 7-9 overall, while Gannon boosted its record to 5-2 in the conference and 10-7 on the season.

Bryan Theriot led four Fighting Scots in double figures with 17 points. The senior made five of six free throws on the day, tying Jim Prokell for the second-most made free throws in school history with 358. Prokell played for Edinboro from 1969-72.

Henri Wade-Chatman followed with 12 points, while Jonny Marsh had 11 markers. Xavier Churnac added 10 points and Alex Moore pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Adam Blazek paced the Golden Knights with 18 points and Girbran Smith had 14 markers. Raphell Thomas Edwards grabbed a game-high nine boards.

AC loses sixth straight

GRANVILLE, Ohio — Hampered by just a 5-for-29 performance from behind the three-point line, the Gators saw their losing skid reach six games with a 55-46 loss to North Coast Athletic Conference foe Denison.

Despite the shooting woes, the Gators (3-12, 0-8 NCAC) found themselves ahead 43-42 with 6:48 left in regulation. However, Allegheny managed just one field goal the rest of the way, as Denison (7-8, 3-5) closed the contest on a 13-3 run to pull away for the victory.

Ryan Stanko and Brandon Smith each scored 13 points for the Gators, with Smith grabbing eight rebounds to share the team lead with Clark Tritto.

Denison was led on the scoresheet by Alex Longi, who tallied a game-high 18 points, while Briggs King came off the bench to tally a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Men’s Volleyball

Lions take split

ERIE — The Penn State Behrend men’s volleyball team split a non-conference tri-match, first defeating Lancaster Bible 3-0 before falling to Lakeland 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in the Junker Center.

Cochranton graduate Ty Sheehan finished with eight kills, three block assists and three services aces on the day. Fellow Cochranton grad Josh Oertly had one kill, a solo block and five block assists.

Swimming & Diving

Case spoils senior day for Gators

In their final meet at Mellon Pool, the Allegheny women’s swimming and diving seniors scored several critical points, but two top-three diving sweeps were unable to topple a late Case Western Reserve rally, as the Spartans defeated the Gators, 153.5-146.5, on Saturday afternoon.

Seniors Emily Capone and Lauren Krowitz combined for three wins, sparking an impressive afternoon for the Gators. Capone picked up two more regional qualifying scores on the boards, scoring a 284.00 on the one-meter and a 274.12 on the three-meter to lead a pair of 1-2-3 finishes for the Allegheny divers. Sophomore Erica Salizzoni and freshman Veronica Schuver each grabbed second and third place finishes, respectively.

Sarah Wilhoit, Laurel McNish and Jamie Beers were also honored prior to the beginning of Saturday’s meet. Beers picked up a fourth place finish in the 200 back, scoring for the Gators with a time of 2:27.78.

Senior Kevin Crooks led the men during a 174-90 loss to Case, winning the 400 IM in 2:02.99, leading a 1-3-4 finish for the Gators that saw freshman Danny Litwin, the reigning Allegheny Male Athlete of the Week, finished in 2:04.20, followed by a 2:10.76 by sophomore David Retta. Litwin and Crooks finished 3-4 in the 200 free, as the two were both able to score for the Gators in the event led by Litwin’s 1:50.31.

Freshman Jack Bailey picked up a win in the 50 free, hitting the wall in 22.30. Bailey finished the afternoon with three top-two finishes, finishing second in the 100 fly (54.79) and 100 free (48.44). The freshman would improve his 50 free time in the 200 free relay for the second week in a row, anchoring a 21.55 en route to a 1:30.84, second place total relay time. Sophomore Garrett Devenney would close out the Allegheny wins with a first place finish in the 1,000 free. Devenney would finish the race in 10:17.21, taking the race by over 20 seconds.