Meadville Tribune


February 9, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: Panthers rally in second half to top Cardinals

February 9, 2013 7:00 a.m. COCHRANTON — It was no walk in the park, but the Saegertown boys basketball team did what they have been doing all season and fought back to capture its second region title in as many years. With a 52-37 win over Cochranton, the Panthers win Region 3 for the first win after winning Region 4 last year.

“It feels great,” Saegertown’s Shane Rigby said. “It feels awesome to be region champs in back-to-back years.”

It wasn’t looking to promising for the Panthers (16-4, 11-0 Region 3) in the first half. After jumping out to an early 4-0 lead on back-to-back baskets by Dustin Pavlik, the Cardinals (13-7, 8-3) came storming back. Cochranton outscored the Panthers 11-4 the rest of the quarter, using a 6-0 spurt to open up the lead.

Cochranton’s Nate Roche recorded two baskets to end the first quarter, giving the Cardinals a 11-6 lead. The Cardinals also scored the first bucket of the second quarter on a Logan Herzberger baseline jumper. Pavlik would end the mini run by Cochranton with a 3-pointer.

The Panthers would crawl their way back to a 18-18 tie after a Scott Sada floater in the lane but Cochranton had an answer.

The Cardinals went on another run, this time a 7-0 run, to open up the game. The key play in the run came when Josh Vanderhoof connected on a 3-pointer for a 25-18 advantage.

Throughout the first half, the fast-paced Saegertown offense was slowed by turnovers and fouls.

Even with the frustration mounting in the first half on the Panthers’ sideline, Saegertown head coach Greg Molnar knew it was not time for his team to panic.

“We just needed to let things slow down,” Molnar said. “A lot of times in the locker room there is no panic. There is a quiet confidence with this group. We knew that it wasn’t Cochranton that was actually beating us . We were beating ourselves. We needed to play within ourselves. We needed to play like the team we were this year and not like the team we were in year’s past.”

The calm, cool and collective manor began to settle in for the Panthers in the third quarter, outscoring the Cardinals 20-6 in the frame.

Rigby, who only score one point in the first half, made it an emphasis to get more touches in the paint in the second half.

“I am very confident in the post,” Rigby said. “In the first half I wasn’t posting up and I got in foul trouble. That was the difference.”

Rigby go things started from the get-go in the second half, scoring his first bucket to pull the Panthers within five.

Pavlik drained a floater to make it 26-23, but the Cardinals had a short-lived answer. Herzberger recorded a quick four points to pad the lead back to 30-23. That’s when Saegertown took control.

The Panthers went on a 16-0 run, turning their seven point deficit into a nine point advantage. During the run, the Panthers got contributions from numerous players, including a 3-pointer form Luke Carter with the game tied at 30-30 to give the Panthers their first lead of the game since 5-4.

“That run was huge,” Rigby said. “The third quarter is key. We always want to come out and make a statement.”

The same could not be said on the opposing sideline.

“In big games we always seem to fall victim to the third quarter,” Cochranton interim coach Scott McCurdy said. “We coulnd’t respond to that. “They pretty much didn’t make a single change. We played our guts out there defensively, took some charges and got to the loose balls. We won the effort battle. Unfortunately in a game like this I can’t take my studs off the floor. In the second half, they seemed to get worn down. You could see it in their shots falling short. There is no secret that we like to play on the perimeter. Saegertown knew to take that away from us.”

It didn’t get much better in the fourth quarter for the Cardinals, as they were outscored 13-5.

Pavlik led the Panthers with 13 points in the win. Austin Scere chipped in with 11.

For the Cardinals, Herzberger, Nick Dickson and Vanderhoof led the team with eight points each.

Now with the region title in its back pocket, Saegertown realizes how crucial it is to finish the season strong.

“We have to keep our mindset on our goal. We want to make it out of districts and make it to states. We want to do at least one game better than last year.”

For Cochranton, they realize this loss was a big blow but by no means are they out of it.

“It sucks to lose but hopefully it makes us stronger,” McCurdy said. “It is just a matter of us getting past this and coming in the next day. You have to dig deep and learn with what happened here because moving forward our eyes are on a new prize.”

Text Only
  • Celebration District 1 captures East Region title in rout

    Everyone has a dream.
    For Cochranton’s Sam Kinter that dream was to one day emulate the youngsters she watched on television taking part in the Little League World Series.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Manziel battling playbook, Hoyer in first NFL camp

    Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days — on the field anyway — are over.

    July 31, 2014

  • SLIDESHOW: A look back at the 2003 World Series team

    Click image for slideshow

    With the D1 team heading to this year's World Series we thought it would be fun to look back at the 2003 team who went to Kentucky.

    July 31, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 claims spot in Senior League World Series

    District 1 will represent the East in the Senior League Softball World Series which begins Sunday in Sussex County, Delaware.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers 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

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