By  Jim Mulcahy
ECC finishes with fine 24-5 record

PUNXSUTAWNEY – The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team was eliminated from the PIAA Class A girls’ tournament by the Vincentian Academy Lady Royals last night in a second-round game played at Punxsutawney Area High School by a 57-38 score.

 The Lady Crusaders got off to a rough start offensively, as the Lady Royals outscored them 17-6 in the first period and 11-10 in the second quarter to take a 28-16 halftime lead. In the second half, Vincentian outscored Elk Catholic 29-22.

 “We got off to a slow start tonight. We tried to do some things we normally don’t do,” said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner.

 “They’re (Vincentian) a very good basketball team. We had a hard time stopping their dribble penetration and they shot the ball well,” said Pistner. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well.”

 “I thought our coaching staff did a great job with this team this year,” said Pistner. “The four seniors (Jena Struble, Abbi Petrosky, Lexie Meholic and Maggie Sorg) have been a part of two District 9 title games and have been to the PIAA tournament four times. They work hard and are very coachable. They’re a great bunch of kids.”

 The Lady Crusader offense was led by Lexie Meholic with 13 points on five field goals and a three-for-seven night from the foul line. Taylor DaCanal scored 10 points on five field goals, while Abbi Petrosky added eight points.

 Vincentian placed five girls in double figures, led by Lauren Primyon with 13 points on two twos and three threes. Ashlee Darby scored 12 points on six field goals, while Noreen Fischer and Brenna Wise each added 11 points. Abby Bartoszewicz scored 10 points.