Meadville Tribune

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March 9, 2014

Serra outlasts Cardinals

GREENSBURG — For the second time in as many days a basketball team from Cochranton High School played a private school from the WPIAL, put forth a valiant fight, but ultimately had its heart broken.

On Friday, it was the Cochranton boys team, which fell to Vincentian Academy 95-85.

Then on Saturday afternoon at Hempfield Area High School, the Cardinal girls’ season came to an end after a 60-52 loss to Serra Catholic during the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.  

The Lady Cardinals finish the year with a record of 19-6 and say good-bye to three seniors, Kellie Vincent, Kendell Dickson and Madison Bernarding.

“It was not only a great season, these girls had a great run,” said Cardinals head coach Gary Egli. “We’ve been here (in the state playoffs) two years in a row. It’s only the third time the girls program has been here, so that’s a major accomplishment. And as a whole, the last three years they’ve got an awfully good record. They’ve set some school records and some goals that the younger players are really going to have to strive to meet.”

Serra Catholic now moves on to the second round of the state bracket where it will face Bishop Guilfoyle, a 49-40 winner over Venango Catholic yesterday. Sites and times for the second round will be announced later.

“(Cochranton) is a good team,” said Serra head coach Bill Cleary, whose team was ranked No. 2 in the state going into the game. “I fully expected this today, the veteran players they have, the scoring that they give, all of those things.”

Cochranton, in fact, had the better of Serra through the first half, leading 20-19 at the end of the first quarter and 34-30 at halftime. Dickson led the way for the Cardinals, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 17 points in the half.

“They were shooting the lights out in the first half,” said Cleary. “I didn’t think we were playing horribly. But I think they were playing very well.”

The third quarter, however, was a bit of a disaster for the Cards. They were 2-for-10 from the floor, turned the ball over six times and scored just five points in the period — a three-point play by Dickson and a runner in the lane by Abby Clulow.

“We had a little breakdown,” said Egli. “We didn’t score and we turned the ball over because we weren’t scoring. Or we didn’t score and then they beat us back down the floor. Where before, when we were scoring we were able to get set and keep them from running. And they finally got a little spurt where they were able to run.”

Serra Catholic put up 18 points in the quarter to go into the fourth with a 48-39 lead. Megan Sieg attacked the basket, putting up eight points in the third. Lauren Czerwien added five more, getting a pair of steals at the point and returning them for fast-break layups.

Cochranton didn’t give up though. The Cardinals rediscovered its shot and outscored the Eagles 13-5 to start the fourth quarter, trimming their opponent’s lead to 53-52 with a 1:13 to play when Kassidy Dickson collected a lay-up and one.

Serra left the door open even more by shooting poorly from the foul line. They missed all three front ends on their bonus fouls, and hit just half of their first couple double-bonus opportunities.

“They got it down to one,” said Cleary. “It was rough. It was rough down the stretch.”

However, Cochranton just could not get back in the hoop as time wound down.

“We didn’t capitalize,” said Egli. “We had some good looks in that little spurt. It’s not like we threw junk up there. We had some good looks, we just missed them.”

Kassidy Dickson’s three-point play was the last of the scoring for the Cardinals. And Serra finally started cleaning up at the foul line to pull away.

Sieg ended up leading Serra with 18 points. Danielle Dindak added 13, and 6-footer Nicole Pero scored 11.

For Cochranton, Kendell Dickson finished with 23 points, Bernarding had 11 and Kassidy Dickson nine.

“We played a really tough team. We knew they were going to be tough,” said Egli. His team also fell to Serra Catholic last season in the first round of states.

“They had almost everybody back this year,” Egli. “We hung with them, where they were definitely in control of the game last year.  There was a lot of this game they weren’t in control of.”

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