Meadville Tribune


January 23, 2014

Grove City's Lady Eagles hold off ’Dogs

MEADVILLE — Casey O’Shea wasn’t looking to set the world on fire heading into her second season as Meadville’s head girls basketball coach. What she was looking for was improvement.

But not only are the Lady Bulldogs showing a mark of improvement from the beginning of the season, they are instilling a bit of fear into their opponents.

Back on Dec. 20, Meadville suffered a 50-31 loss to Region 5 foe Grove City. But after the Bulldogs’ thrilling 46-44 victory over Central Tech on Saturday that avenged a 48-31 loss back on Dec. 6, Grove City head coach T.L. Eller knew nothing was for certain heading into the House of Thrills Thursday night.

Grove City wound up pulling out a 48-42 win to improve to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in Region 5. But the Bulldogs, who fell to 3-12 overall and 1-6 in the region, certainly made it difficult, and have now become fan favorites of the Lady Eagles in their quest to make some noise in Region 5.

“They are improving everyday,” Eller said of the Bulldogs. “It’s a young team with a lot of good players. We were very scared coming here tonight.

“I just told the girls in the locker room, I’m going to be able to sleep tonight, but then I need to start worrying about the next one, because this region is just so strong. I keep saying, if we can just win the games that we need to win, I truly believe that Meadville is good enough to pull off an upset that could kind of rock the boat of the whole region.

“Go Meadville. We are their biggest fans right now, now that we have come here and gotten out alive.”

Meadville battled and was right in the thick of things through the first three quarters, trailing by no more than nine. But in the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles pulled away and with 4:23 to play Meadville’s 33-24 deficit at the end of the third quarter had grown to 16 points (43-27). And Grove City was feeling pretty good.

“We thought to get the 16-point lead, we had played one of the better second halves that we had played,” Eller said. “We have a couple of seniors with injuries and I think certainly down the stretch that probably played into things.”

That and a determined Meadville squad.

Cadi McCoy got the rally started for the Bulldogs. McCoy scored on a layup with 4:07 to play, sparking an 11-0 run that pulled MASH to within just five (43-38) with 1:58 remaining. Hailey Hall answered to put the Eagles up by seven (45-38).

Meadville did cut the deficit back to five (45-40) on Carly Glatch’s second jumped in as many possessions. But Grove City made its free throws in the end to hold the Bulldogs at bay.

“We don’t realize sometimes that we are a good team,” O’Shea said. “I don’t think our record reflects our abilities at all, because I think on any given night if we play to our potential we can upset anybody.

“I can definitely understand that teams who come here are a little uneasy. They don’t know what kind of night we could have. That’s the inconsistency with a young team, and we don’t know either.

“Everyone I have talked to says we have improved a ton since the beginning of the season. That is all I was looking for this year. If we won the league or anything like that, that was just a bonus. I was looking for improvement and I think we are becoming a good basketball team.”

McCoy led the Bulldogs with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Glatch finished with 11 points.

For the Eagles, Jordyn Wyllie led the way with 12 points. Alexi Deyarmin had 13 rebounds. Arianna Sprando paced Grove City on the defensive side of the ball. Sprando had the task of containing the sharp-shooting Kiashiah Newsome. Newsome finished with seven points, but didn’t knock down her first field goal until the fourth quarter. It was a 3-pointer.

“We needed to focus on her defensively and Arianna Sprando guarded her most of the night and did an excellent job,” Eller said. “She didn’t get many looks. So that was good.”

Text Only
  • District 1 District 1 girls enjoy day off

    It was a tense day for many of the teams participating in the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Wednesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hawley scores District 1 finishes off dominant pool performance by trouncing New Jersey

    Pitchers often get the most credit in shutout victories. And Emma Osborne, Katy Dunn and Emily Beddick have certainly been deserving for District 1.
    Its defense, though, has been equally deserving.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sliding into second District 1 remains unbeaten after two routs

    Becca Siple’s response to a question on Twitter may have said it all.
    “Best experience of my life,” Siple said, when asked by The Meadville Tribune via Twitter to describe her experience thus far at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament. Following her response was the hashtag #D1isfamily.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers camp Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.
    Spence almost gleefully smashed into fullback Bryce Davis during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first full contact drill of training camp on Monday. The two tussled for several seconds before Davis — his fists full of Spence’s jersey — pulled them both to the ground.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • District 1 dominates at East Regional

    Outscoring its opponents 32-0, District 1 moved to 3-0 at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Monday with a pair of wins.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kissing the bricks Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time

    With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
    Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roethlisberger OK with choice to wait on new deal

    There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks.
    And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever.

    July 26, 2014

  • Teen doping Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

    Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball.
    The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they bought bottles of HGH online in the past year. Turns out, what they bought was fake.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

    Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.
    The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

    July 25, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 looking forward to bigger goals

    The members of the District 1 Senior League softball team haven’t spent a whole lot of time playing together.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways

A South Carolina woman was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The decision has created a debate over “free-range” parenting and whether it’s a good idea or not. What’s your take?

I’m fine with it. If she cannot afford childcare, what choice does she have?
This is horrible and very bad parenting.
I’m torn. It’s not right what she did, but it sounds like the mother had few other options.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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