Ptk Basil bat­tles past aelone Catholic

The Globe - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

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,W wDVQ’W TuLWH WKH 40-SRLQW romp­ing like it was in the firVW rRuQG RI VWDWHV, EuW 6W. Basil had no trou­ble at keep­ing its sea­son alive on ques­day nightK

ae­spite al­low­ing aelone Catholic, the aistrict qhree 1R. 2 VHHG, WR fiJKW EDFN af­ter trail­ing by a siz­able GH­fiFLW LQ WKrHH RI WKH IRur TuDrWHrV, 6W. BDVLO’V WKrHH­point shoot­ing was enough to lift the man­thers to a QT-QM YLFWRry RYHr WKH 6TuLrHWWHV in a mfAA Class AA sec­ond round play­off at Coatesville High pchool

tith the win, ptK Basil, which was led by ju­nior Kalee Fuegel’s NQ points, DGYDQFHV WR WKH VWDWH TuDrWHr­fiQDOV IRr D PHHWLQJ wLWK aistrict NN cham­pion kotre aame, a RN-Q9 win­ner over keu­mann-doretti in dou­ble over­time, this Fri­dayK

“te got into some foul trou­ble and f had to play Kalee more than f usu­ally would,” ptK Basil coach qerry Mancini saidK “phe wore down a lit­tle bit in the fourth TuDrWHr DQG PDGH VRPH PLV­takes that she usu­ally doesn’t make, but you saw the tal­ent that she isK phe was all over the placeK”

qhe man­thers led from VWDrW WR fiQLVK, EuW LW GLGQ’W come out with­out some scares through­out the en­tire con­testK

qhe man­thers EN8-8F got off WR D TuLFN VWDrW, JRLQJ uS 9-2 mid­way through the open­ing SHrLRG. AIWHr WKH 6TuLrHWWHV EOM-TF fought back to make it a one-point game, the man­thers again went on an early run in the sec­ond, lead­ing N9-NN at one point thanks to a pair of three-point­ers by Karen iap­kiewicz and Kelly ManciniK

But aelone Catholic fought back again, and trailed by only one EON-OMF at the halfK

“f think we just got fraz­zled,” Fuegel saidK “qhey came out with good pres­sure and we just hes­i­tated and started get­ting our rhythm backK te got a lit­tle tired, but it was all worth itK”

,Q WKH WKLrG TuDrWHr, 6W. BDsil’s three-point shoot­ing got even bet­ter, as Molly dreen­berg, Fuegel, parah til­son and Kate pkalski all drained treys to put the man­thers uS 35-29 HQWHrLQJ WKH fiQDO TuDrWHr.

ptK Basil built its lead to as many as NO points af­ter RSHQLQJ WKH TuDrWHrV RQ D 6-0 ruQ, EuW WKH 6TuLrHWWHV again fought back, trail­ing by only four fol­low­ing an 8-M run late in the con­testK For­tu­nately, for the man­thers, aelone Catholic shot an ab­so­lutely abysmal N-for-NN from the free throw line in the fourth while ptK Basil hit its foul shotsK

“te play Q-A teams like Mount ptK goseph twice a year and f think our league is the best prepa­ra­tion for a game like this,” Mancini saidK “qhose games are in­valu­ableK te pre­pare for this and we tell th­ese girls all year that you have to make your foul shots in a game like this and we did so for the most part at the endK”

dreen­berg hit P of Q free throws down the stretch to help the man­thers to es­cape wLWK WKH YLFWRry. 6KH fiQLVKHG with eight points, while til­son and Karen iap­kiewicz each added sev­enK

“Molly was on the bench a ORW, EuW VKH’V Rur flRRr OHDGer,” Mancini saidK “te just got into some foul trou­ble, but they played wellK vou have to give aelone Catholic some credit for coming

back af­ter up­ping their de­fense a lit­tle.”

Mov­ing for­ward, Fuegel be­lieves her team does need to work on a few things if they want to have any chance Rf mDNLnJ LW WKH sHmLfinDOs.

“We really need to im­prove on box­ing out and deal­ing with pres­sure a lit­tle bet­ter,” she said. “We also have to work on our shoot­ing.”

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