Once again, Steve Scott proved he is a big-game coach.
Shutting down Cochranton’s 3-point shooting attack with a stingy 2-3 zone, Scott’s Lady Panthers moved ahead of the Cardinals in the Region 3 standings Saturday afternoon with a 31-26 victory.
The win pushed Saegertown (8-5, 5-2 Region 3) a half game ahead of Cochranton (10-6, 5-3) for second place in the region. Conneaut leads with a 7-0 mark.
“This was a big win,” said Scott. “Cochranton has a great team. They are a good 3-point shooting team and I was worried about that coming into the game.”
The defensive-minded Scott put the clamps on Cochranton’s outside shooting with his patented aggressive 2-3 zone.
“We didn’t give them very many good looks from outside ... which was key. Our defensive effort was tremendous.”
Scott had a great luxury in the game: coaching with the lead for the majority of it.
Breaking a 6-6 deadlock, Saegertown senior guard Ashley Shouey drained a 3-pointer from the right wing with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter.
The Lady Panthers led the rest of the way.
In the closing seconds of the opening quarter, senior guard Rachel DiBartolomeo showed her great athletism by slapping the ball away for a steal and going three-quarters of the court for a layup to give the Panthers a 11-6 lead heading into the second quarter.
After Saegertown’s Victoria Eckart scored on an offensive rebound to push the Lady Panthers’ lead to 14-6, Cochranton coach Gary Egli had seen enough and called timeout.
Egli’s agony worsened 30 seconds later. Junior standout Madison Bernarding picked up her third personal foul and was forced to the bench.
Abby Clulow and Morghan Egli picked up the slack — hitting a 3-pointer and 15-footer, respectively, to cut Saegertown’s lead to 16-11 at halftime.
Continuing its long-range shooting, Cochranton’s Kendell Dickson got free and bombed in a trey to trim Saegertown’s lead to 19-16 with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter.
The talented Dickson had another 3-point look a few seconds later to tie the game, but it was off the mark.
“Dickson is a real good shooter, and for the most part, I was really proud of our defensive effort against her,” said Scott.
Saegertown’s go-to player — DiBartolomeo — quieted Cochranton’s comeback enthusiasm by going inside and scoring to give the Panthers a 21-16 lead with 3:20 left in the third quarter.
Bernarding — who returned to the game with 4:49 remaining in the third quarter — got on track in the fourth quarter by sinking consecutive medium-range jumpers to cut Saegertown’s lead to 25-22 with 7:06 left in the game.
Shouey then possibly hit the biggest shot in the game.
Getting free in the left-wing area, Shouey swished a 3-pointer give the Lady Panthers a six-point lead again, 28-22.
How big was Shouey’s shot? The fired-up Scott pumped his fist in excitement.
The game wasn’t over yet.
Trailing 29-26, Cochranton had possession with 38 seconds left in the game, but DiBartolomeo slammed the door on the Cardinals with a steal and two free throws.
DiBartolomeo led Saegertown with 10 points.
Bernarding paced Cochranton with seven markers. Egli and Dickson were the game’s top rebounders with 12 and 10, respectively.
Once again, Steve Scott proved he is a big-game coach.
Breese lone local to reach Class AA finals
A busy and entertaining Day 2 of wrestling at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey came and went, as did the dreams of a gold medal for a handful of local wrestlers.
The one local wrestler that doesn’t apply to is Lakeview’s Sam Breese, who had the Giant Center crowd in aw during his two matches Friday. The two bouts equated to two wins, which means a shot a defending his championship.
Lee, Wheeling survive Day 2 in Hershey
Ehrin Lee’s smile following his quarterfinal win Friday at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships told the whole story.
Lee has had his eyes on the state championships all season long, and just getting there wasn’t enough. The Titusville 160-pounder has wrestled like one of the best grapplers in the state during the tournament thus far, and his 3-2 overtime win over Northampton’s Bobby Fehr proved that if nothing else, he’s one of the four best wrestlers in his weight class.
Cards can’t slow Vincentian
The starters on the Cochranton boys basketball team probably slept like logs on Friday night.
They left every ounce on the hardwood of Meadville High School’s House of Thrills, going up against the high-intensity attack of Vincentian Academy in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
McLane rolls past Neshannock
Sarah Jay has made a habit of presenting her players with in depth scouting reports prior to each and every game.
But the report she handed them on Neshannock, the Lady Lancers’ first round opponent in the PIAA Class AA playoffs, was nothing like they had seen before.
Class AA first round filled with highs, lows for locals
It was a day full of highs and lows for the 11 local Class AA wrestlers on the opening day of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey.
For some, it was business as usual, and for others, the atmosphere of a crowded Giant Center proved to be a little much. By the time the preliminary and Round 1 consolation rounds were finished, eight wrestlers are still alive, with state wrestling experience proving to be invaluable Thursday morning.
Lee, Wheeling stay in hunt for Class AAA state title
A win is a win, and when it comes to the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships, as long as your score reads higher in the end, it really doesn’t matter how you get there.
During the preliminary round of the tournament Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey, the six local qualifiers certainly had mixed results, but in the end, two wrestlers are still in the championship bracket, exactly where they want to be.
Cards look to slow down Vincentian
“The best way to sum it up is,” said Cochranton head coach Scott McCurdy, “it’s like they’re down five and there are 30 seconds to go. Only, they play like that for the entire 32 minutes.”
McCurdy is talking about the Vincentian Academy boys basketball team, which employs a style that’s ... well ... calling it up-tempo just doesn’t seem to suffice.
Lancers get tough draw in opener
One may think that by winning a District 10 title and getting paired up with the seventh seed out of District 7 for the first round of the state playoffs, that said champion would have a pretty choice matchup.
Yet, that’s not how things shook out for the General McLane girls basketball team. The D-10 champion Lady Lancers drew a challenging foe in Neshannock.
’Dogs rout Bison to reach title game
Having defeated Fort LeBoeuf by a grand total of 24-0 in their previous three meetings, the tension wasn’t exactly palpable for the Meadville Bulldogs hockey team as it squared off with the Bison in a Lakeshore Hockey League semfinal game on Thursday night at Erie Insurance Arena.
Calvary wins opener
The Calvary Baptist girls basketball team won its opening game of the National Christian School Athletic Association Tournament on Thursday at Family First Sports Park.
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