Meadville Tribune

Sports

February 24, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Knights thump Conneaut

OIL CITY — With 19 wins on the season, the first year of existence for the Conneaut Area girls basketball team was unquestionably a success.

Its first appearance in the Class AAA playoffs, however, not so much.

The highly-touted Franklin Lady Knights ousted the Eagles 68-33 during a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday at Oil City High School.

“(Franklin’s) not No. 5 in the state by accident,” Eagles head coach Bill Stevenson said. “They didn’t make very many mistakes. And they just capitalized on ours. It’s a heck of a ball club.

“But I love our team. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. And we’re going to get better. We’re going to come back strong next year. I don’t know what will happen then, but we’re going to keep at it.”  

Franklin, now 22-1 on the season, moves on to face Mercyhurst Prep. Mercyhurst defeated Slippery Rock 36-31 yesterday. A date and location for their semifinal pairing will be announced later.

Conneaut, meanwhile, ends its season at 19-4.

“The first playoff game is always the toughest,” said Franklin head coach Bill Hager. “You never know what can happen. Plus, you lose, you’re out. So we put a lot of emphasis on this game. We did not look beyond (Conneaut) one bit. And I think they’re very good. They would be a lot better if they played a Triple-A schedule instead of the ‘A’ schedule they are in. They have some great athletes and they’re very well coached. So this was a good win for us.”

It was Franklin’s game from tip to final buzzer. The Knights opened the affair with a 13-point scoring run. Laken Shields had back-to-back buckets. Angelina Starr converted a three-point play and knocked in a jumper. And Mara Benvenuti recorded a layup and a pair of freebies.

“We made some mistakes early and we kind of got into a little funk and lost some confidence,” said Stevenson. “And you can’t do that against a team that shoots like that and plays defense like that. That’s the best defense we’ve seen all year.”

Conneaut put on its own full-court press and that seemed to slow the Knights down a bit. The Eagles finally found the scoreboard on a put-back by Challen Litwiler. And they went on to outscore Franklin 7-5 over the last four minutes of the quarter, which ended with the Knights in front 18-7.

However, Franklin then began the second by scoring nine straight points. Shields had two more buckets. Starr hit a 3-pointer. And Benvenuti struck again.

During that stretch, Conneaut went five minutes before getting off a field goal attempt as Franklin’s defense harassed the Eagles into forking the ball over eight times.

“We made some unforced mistakes, but they forced so many,” said Stevenson. “Don’t take anything away from them. They’ve been doing what they’ve been doing all year, which is playing hard-nosed defense and hitting shots from all over the place.”

Franklin was up 27-7 by this point and that was too steep a hill to climb for the Eagles.

Franklin went into the half ahead 31-12, and led 46-19 after three quarters.

Starr ended up pacing the Knights with 17 points. Shields followed with 13 points. Haley Andres had 11 and Benvenuti scored nine.

The Knights were 19-for-21 from the foul line for the game. They also out-rebounded Conneaut 30-21. Benvenuti and Shields both had six boards.

For the Eagles, Litwiler led the way with 11 points. Kristen Baker had eight. Lindsey Shidemantle and Kimmy Litwin were next in line with four points each.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Dunn.jpg H.S. Softball: Cards strike late for 2-0 win over Blue Devils

    “You can wait around all day,” Cochranton head softball coach Mark McGuire said. “But when the moment is there and the opportunity is in front of you, that’s when you have to get it done.”

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gallo’s single lifts CASH to win in extras

    “He got the hit because they were scared of Cole Baker,” said Cole Baker.
    He was just kidding around ... probably.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jordan Lynn Lynn leads Bulldogs over visiting Beavers

    “It’s a good thing we have that little break for Easter,” said Meadville track and field coach Carl Roznowski. “That should give her a chance to rest up those muscles.”
    Roznowski is talking about Bulldogs junior Jordan Lynn, who was a busy lady on Wednesday as the MASH boys and girls squads took on Corry in a Region 3 meet at the Barco-Duratz Athletic Complex.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Panthers stay unbeaten with win over Blue Devils

    Saegertown’s run to the District 10 boys volleyball championship a year ago was anything but easy.
    Needless to say, the Panthers have a little experience when it comes to dealing with tribulations. The Panthers put that experience to good use on Wednesday night in a Region 1 showdown.

    April 16, 2014

  • MLB replay Selig calls replay start ‘remarkable’

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
    While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cardinals roll to a sweep of Eagles

    The match only lasted three games, but Logan Herzberger still found the time to post a double-double, notching 14 kills and 18 digs while the Cochranton volleyball team swept Conneaut 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 during Region 1 action on Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Brendon Barclay Unbeaten Panthers need five games to top Bulldogs

    Through the first four games, there was no telling which team was undefeated and which team had only one win entering Monday night’s Region 1 volleyball clash between Meadville and Saegertown.
    By the fifth and deciding game, the cream rose to the top.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ogwumike goes No. 1

    It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.
    Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty.

    April 14, 2014

  • Watson pulls away at Augusta to win second green jacket

    One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That’s just fine with Bubba Watson.
    All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket.
    Instead of hitting a 40-yard hook out of a forest of Georgia pines — the signature shot in his playoff victory two years ago — the final act Sunday at Augusta National took place on the 18th green. Watson had a three-shot lead and consulted with his caddie on a 15-foot birdie putt.

    April 14, 2014

  • Harvick survives shootout for win at Darlington

    Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.
    Harvick was among several veteran drivers fighting for the Nationwide Series win Friday night when rookie Chase Elliott used fresher tires and a strong machine to move from the back of the pack to first place over the final two laps.

    April 14, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Poll

Is simplifying the U.S. tax code the best way to boost the economy? The code today is 73,608 pages and it grows every year. Which one of these suggestions seems like the best solution:

Make a progressive tax rate that’s a simple 6 percent for everyone.
End tax breaks for the “1 percent.”
It’s not as simple as one change — many things have to happen.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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