WARREN Girard downs JFK to set up showdown with Hubbard
Tealle Hunkus led the Indians with 15 points.
By SAL MARINO
WARREN -- The Girard High girls basketball team, placing four scorers in double figures, defeated Warren Kennedy 64-52 Monday night in a non-conference game at the Eagles Nest.
Girard (16-1) will meet Hubbard (16-2) on Thursday with the Trumbull Athletic Conference championship on the line. JFK (12-6) had a seven-game win streak snapped.
"We had a little trouble early in the game," said Girard coach Andy Saxon. "We threw the ball away too much. Most of the time we didn't focus well."
The Indians had four players score in double figures, led by Tealle Hunkus with 15 points.
Cachet Murray had 14, Jen Maravola added 11 and Stephanie Scarnecchia tacked on 10 more.
The Eagles received an outstanding performance from Sarah McNeil who tallied 26 points, had five assists and three steals.
"We play Division I and II teams," said Kennedy coach Denise Smith, "and McNeil is just as good a ball player as any we've played."
Staying close: The Eagles trailed by eight points after the first period (17-9), but out-scored Girard 10-9 in the second quarter to trail 26-19 at the intermission.
In the third period JFK trailed by eight points (38-30) before the Indians ran off seven unanswered points to open a 45-30 lead. The third period closed with Girard ahead 49-34.
McNeil scored eight points in the third period, while Hunkus and Kristen Ragozine had six apiece for the Indians.
The Eagles out-scored Girard 18-15 in the final quarter.
Krystal Naples of JFK sank a basket midway through the final period, starting the Eagles on a 5-0 run to narrow their deficit to 60-52. But they got no closer.
"We played well on defense," Smith said, "[but] we got burned with [Girard's] press."
"We tried to do too much instead of settling down. We got caught up in Girard's game."
Kelly Puskar had three steals and five of Kennedy's 19 rebounds.
"JFK is very good but our kids didn't focus real well tonight," Saxon said. "We have a balanced team. Each player picks it up when [someone has] a bad day."