SLIPPERY ROCK — With a rebound and putback by Sheena Aden at the close of the first half, Lakeview appeared to have all the momentum in the world.

Midway through the third quarter, however, that energy shifted sides.

Sharon erased an eight-point halftime deficit en route to a 54-48 win over the Lady Sailors in the District 10 Class AA championship game on Saturday at Slippery Rock University’s Morrow Field House.

The Tigers now move on to interdistrict play as District 10’s top seed and face WPIAL sixth seed Wilkinsburg on Friday at a site and time yet to be determined. Lakeview, meanwhile, takes the second seed into the state tourney and will face District 9 champion Karns City, also on Friday at a site and time to be decided.

“We did a pretty good job in the first half,” Lakeview coach Steve Aden said. “We got a run there at the end of the half and got up by eight. But I told (the players) at halftime, ‘We need to withstand the run, because I know it’s coming.’”

Boy was Aden right.

Sharon and Lakeview kept about an eight-point spread through the first couple minutes of the third quarter. With 5:32 left in the period, though, the Tigers turned it up with Cara Dolci igniting an 11-3 run that put Sharon up 34-33 with 3:13 left.

Lakeview regained the lead on its next possession on a bucket by Aden, and Cami Frye bumped the lead back to two with a free throw with 1:36 left in the third quarter. But Janine McDonald answered with a bucket of her own to knot it back up at 36, heading into the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t handle the pressure very well the second half,” said coach Aden, whose team committed six of its 13 turnovers in the third quarter. “We kind of stood … stood around and waited for Sheena to do something.”

Sharon (26-1) opened the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run to go up 41-36 just over two minutes into the period. The Sailors, though, worked their way back, cutting the lead to one twice (41-40, 43-42). But that is as close as Lakeview would get.

“I’m not upset; I’m not mad,” coach Aden said. “This is what you want; this what you work for each year, to get to this point. They played hard. Every one of them played as hard as they could. We just fell a little short.”

“Sharon is the real deal,” he added. “They just made plays at the end to beat us.”

One of the key stories for Lakeview throughout the contest, though, was its ability to shutdown Sharon star Brittany Csatlos. Csatlos had just one point in the first half and finished 12 for the game, but eight of those came from the free throw line.

“I thought we did an excellent job on her and Dolci,” coach Aden said. “But there are so many of them. McDonald is so much physically stronger than the rest of our kids and a true leaper.

“You work your hardest to slow down two of them and one of them beats you.”

McDonald finished with a team-high 18 points and had six rebounds, five of which came in the first quarter. Aryn Christman added nine points.

Aden finished with 27 points to lead all scorers for Lakeview (22-5). Cami Frye had nine points and Chelsey Frye had eight. Chelsey Frye also had eight boards.



Lisa Byers can be reached at 724-6370, ext. 277 or by e-mail at lbyers@meadvilletribune.com.

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