Meadville Tribune

Sports

February 24, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lancers roll past Panthers

ERIE — In the postseason, there are only a few athletes who get the privilege of finishing with a win. That is something Saegertown senior Arianna Hanley can live with.

But what Hanley is having a hard time understanding is how the Lady Panthers’ season and her high school basketball career came to an end on Saturday afternoon.

Everything that Saegertown did to earn its spot in the District 10 Class AA tournament was somehow left behind yesterday during its quarterfinal contest against General McLane at Gannon University’s Hammermill Center.

The Lady Panthers, who entered the game allowing an average of just 32.4 points per game, fell behind 35-8 at the half and shot just over 20 percent from the field for the game on their way to a 54-25 loss to the Lancers.

“Being a senior, it really stinks,” Hanley said, fighting back tears. “You go out there and play your hardest and you know your team is so much better than they are playing. My heart hurts. I know we could have had a shot at it if we had come out with our ‘A’ game. But obviously that wasn’t the case.”

Saegertown had an opportunity to really test the Lady Lancers, who came into the game averaging at least six 3-pointers per game and with six players owning at least 11 treys.

Saegertown head coach Steve Scott was hopeful his team’s zone defense would be able to shut down the Lancers’ outside game and put some pressure on their offense. For the most part, the Panthers were successful doing just that. In fact, the Lancers knocked down just three 3-pointers for the game.

What the Panthers weren’t counting on was the emergence of Louisa Lytle inside and such a struggle of their own on the offensive end. That combination allowed the Lancers to take a 22-0 lead with 5:41 to play in the first half. It was smooth sailing from there.

“We had some nice looks at the hoop early and we’re throwing up bricks,” Scott said. “We just could not put the ball in the hoop. When you get down 10 or 15 points to a team like (General McLane) … You’re done.”

Saegertown scored its first points with 5:08 left in the second quarter on a 3-point play by Hanley. The Panthers finished with eight points in the quarter, but trailed 35-8 at the break.

Saegertown played the Lancers even the rest of the way.

“Coming in knowing they only play a 2-3 zone, you come in relying on your 3-point shooting,” General McLane coach Sarah Jay said. “You rely on, are we going to be hitting the 3s? And they defend the outside very well, better than anyone we have faced. So for Louisa to step up like she did (yesterday), that is huge.”

Lytle came in averaging 3.4 points per game — sixth on the team. She finished the game with a game-high 10 points. Celeste Seidel added eight points for the Lancers. Lindsay Jahn and Katie Clark finished with seven each.

Saegertown missed 14 shots in the first quarter — few of which were even close to the hoop — and was outrebounded 12-7 in that period. The Panthers did come up with quite a few turnovers in the second quarter, but as quickly as they came up with the ball, they turned it back over.

“(Yesterday) was not one of our better games,” Scott said. “Terrible.”

Which makes it that much more difficult to swallow.

“I don’t even know,” Hanley said. “I can’t even put it into words. We came out here and were shellshocked almost.

“I think we were told by so many people that we had no shot and I think some of us took that to heart and stopped thinking that we had a chance.”

The Panthers finish their season at 14-8. The loss also marks the end to the careers of Rachel DiBartolomeo, who led the Cats with eight points, Elizabeth Lilly, Ashley Shouey, Katie Kapanick and Brooke Caldwell.

General McLane improved to 21-2 and advances to the semifinals where it will face Mercer at a date, time and site yet to be determined.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • College Softball: DePauw earns NCAC sweep over Allegheny

    It’s gut-check time for the Allegheny College softball team.

    April 19, 2014

  • Biggs.jpg Big first inning leads Meadville to win over Saegertown

    So, how does one go about beating the Saegertown baseball team? It’s a question that District 10 programs have been asking themselves for years now.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taylor, Osborne lead Panthers to 12-1 win over CASH

    Saegertown freshman Kendra Taylor had no reason to believe that Friday afternoon’s non-region softball game would go like any other.

    April 18, 2014

  • 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

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Poll

In terms of the overall livability and workability of the City of Meadville, which component of the city’s infrastructure should receive top priority?

Streets
Stormwater control
Parks
Other
It’s too difficult to single one out
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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