By Pete Chiodo
March 13, 2013 7:00 a.m. SHARON —
“Anybody get the number of the truck that just hit us?” quipped General McLane head girls basketball coach Sarah Jay as she emerged from her post-game meeting with her team.
That truck she’s referring to was WPIAL champion Bishop Canevin, which had its way with the Lancers during a 54-36 victory over McLane in the second round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs Tuesday at Sharon High School.
“Wow, that was a good team,” said Jay. “You can watch them on film all you like, but until you actually see them — they’re the WPIAL champions, they’re the best team down in Pittsburgh — and until you get to play them live, you don’t get to appreciate how good they were.
“Wow did they back-door well. I’m going to put some of those plays in my offense.”
The Canevin girls controlled the game right from the tip. Duquesne University recruit Erin Waskowiak scored six straight points for the Crusaders. Lindsey Jahn finally answered for McLane after stealing the Crusaders’ dribble and returning it for a layup. But then Canevin responded with nine straight points to end the opening quarter with a 15-2 lead.
Waskowiak scored eight points for the Crusaders. Teammate Carly Forse, a Point Park College recruit, scored seven.
McLane made just 1 of 10 field goals in the frame.
“We weren’t even shooting in the first half, we were just, like, throwing it up there,” said Jay. “And you know that’s going to happen when you haven’t been to the state for four years. This is the first time any of my girls have been here. And you face a good team like that and I think my girls got a little nervous.”
The second quarter didn’t get any better for McLane. Not only did Waskowiak and Forse continue to hit shots, but their teammate, Celine DiPietro, got hot from the arc, going 4-for-4 on 3-point tries.
“We tried man and they back-doored us,” said Jay. “We tried zone and they hit the 3. They’re just a well-rounded team. And we knew that coming in. We were just hoping we could stop a few of them.”
Canevin made 8 of 11 attempts from the floor in the second, including 4 of 6 from downtown. McLane still struggled, connecting on just 2 of 11 shots.
So the Lady Crusaders multiplied their lead to 36-6 going into the half. Waskowiak finished the half with 15 points, DiPietro had 12. Forse scored nine.
Jahn was still the only one to find the hoop for the Lancers. She had all six of her team’s points in the half.
The McLane girls settled down in the second half, winning the third period 10-7 and the fourth 20-11. But the hole created by Canevin in the first half was much too deep for the Lancers to dig out from.
Lindsey Jahn ended up scoring 18 points to lead the Lancers, ringing up a dozen in the fourth quarter. She also had a team-high nine boards. Katie Rodriges followed with six points. Michelle Jahn and Louisa Lytle scored five apiece.
For Canevin, Waskowiak tallied a game-best 21 markers. DiPietro, who started the third with a 3-pointer to make five in a row, scored 15 points. Force had 11.
The Crusaders (24-4) now move on to the state quarterfinals where they will face WPIAL third seed Burrell, a 45-18 winner over Sharpsville last night.
General McLane ends its season with a record of 23-4.
“We were region champions. No one can take that away from us,” said Jay. “We’ve lost four games. And we’ve lost four games to four great teams. And I’m so proud of what our team has accomplished.”