SLIPPERY ROCK — The last time the Cochranton and Jamestown girls got together, Cochranton narrowly escaped with a 45-44 win.

When the two squads reunited in the District 10 Class A playoffs on Saturday, the Lady Cardinals made sure not to leave things so close, galloping to a 43-28 win over the Muskies and earning a spot in the D-10 semifinals.

The Cards (13-12) will next take on Region 1 champion Farrell at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sharon High School. Jamestown finishes the year with a 9-16 record and its first appearance in the playoffs since the 1991-92 basketball season.

“I think they got a good taste of what the playoffs are like,” said Jamestown coach Kevin Reese. “I think they enjoyed the trip. They want to come back. I think they’ve got something to prove now.”

The Muskies — despite not having any playoff experience, nor a senior on the team — didn’t show any playoff jitters as they bounded out to a 6-2 lead to start the game.

Cochranton didn’t even make its first bucket until the 4:00 mark.

“Hats off to Jamestown,” said Cochranton coach Gary Egli. “This is a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs before. And they came out and executed. It took us awhile to get some points on the board.”

Once Cochranton got going, however, there was no looking back.

The Cardinals finished off the first period with a seven-point run, highlighted by a layup and a trey by Nicole White. The Cards then started the second quarter with a 8-2 run, going up 17-8. They ended the half ahead 23-12. Krystal Kline tallied six points in the second. Shelly Hill added a pair of weak-side layups.

That lead grew to 34-20 by the end of the third period. The Cardinals had five different girls score in the frame.

“That was a focal point of ours all week,” Egli said about the Cards’ spread-out scoring. “In the last game we only had three people score points.”

Cochranton had seven contribute points this time around. White and Kline finished with 10. Leann Bortner-Yasay scored four in the fourth quarter to finish with eight. Hill added six. Leirin Baker chipped in five.

“The girls executed great,” Egli said. “Defensively, they did a nice job of keeping track of (Britta) Grafton. And they doubled down on (Emily) Mrvos when they needed to.”

Grafton led Muskies with 13 points. Mrvos — the Muskies’ 6-foot-2 center — scored 11 points.

“We started off well,” said Reese. “But Cochranton did a nice job of taking away our strengths. We really wanted the ball inside. But we didn’t take advantage of it as well as I would liked. But Cochranton played well. And for our first time here, I thought we came out strong.”



Pete Chiodo can be reached at 724-6370 ext. 275 or by e-mail at pchiodo@meadvilletribune.com.

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