DISTRICT 10 PLAYOFFS Hornets waste no time jumping on Titusville
Kennedy Catholic beat East Forest easily and Reynolds lost by one point.
By BILL ALBRIGHT
SLIPPERY ROCK -- The Hickory High girls basketball team took no prisoners in its matchup with Titusville Saturday afternoon at Slippery Rock University's Morrow Field House.
Asserting themselves right from the opening tip, the Hornets steadily pulled away to a 57-33 opening-round win in the District 10-AAA playoffs.
"We just came into the game ready to defend their penetration as well as their perimeter game," said Hickory coach Jeanette Whitehead. "I thought we had a good game plan coming in and the kids executed it perfectly.
"I thought we displayed a great deal of patience on both ends of the floor, both inside and outside," she added. "With the patience we had, we never put ourselves in a position to get rattled regardless of what they threw at us."
Hickory outscored the Rockets 13-5 to begin the game, finished the second period with a 12-4 advantage and broke the game wide open with a 10-5 burst to close out the third stanza.
"One of the things that we try to do at the end of the quarters is make sure the momentum is on our side going to the next period," said Whitehead. "Not only on those runs, but right from the beginning we were focused to play."
The Hornets will face Harbor Creek in a semifinal.
"We do have film on them and we did see them once over the summer," said Whitehead.
Chere' Marshall led all scorers with 22 points. Titusville, who finished the game without a double-digit scorer, was led by Randi Vargason with eight points.
Kennedy Catholic 62,East Forest 20
This was a mismatch from the opening tap as the Golden Eagles dominated for most of the 32 minutes.
Going into the game, Kennedy Catholic coach Pat Mastrian was concerned about the shooting of his team.
"In the last couple of games we played, we haven't been real sharp on our shooting," he said. "We have been working real hard during the past couple of practices to make sure we get that part of the game back, and I think we can take that from this game. We shot well and it just continued. Once they hit a few shots, I think they finally relaxed."
It didn't take long for the Eagles to show their improved shooting as senior Becca Gasiewicz made all five of her shots and finished with 13 points.
"I was sick two days this past week so coming back [Friday] made me want to go out there and play hard," she said. "We worked on our shooting and I guess it showed today.
"I think the couple of days off helped me get my legs back. You wear out by the end of the season, but when you are off a day, you really want to get back and play as soon as possible."
Alexis George added 14 points and Lauren Friedrich scored 13 for the Golden Eagles. For East Forest, Gretchen Gregg scored 12 points.
Cambridge Springs 46, Reynolds 45
The Raiders came from way back to take a four-point lead in the first minute of the final period, but couldn't hold on.
Reynolds took a 37-33 lead inside the first minute of the final period on baskets by Rachel McBride and Shaina Smith. However Cambridge Springs went on a 9-0 run to lead 42-37 with three minutes remaining before Reynolds fought back again to take their final lead at 45-44.
The Devils scored nine of their final 14 points of the game at the foul line, and Rae Ann Sherred won the game with two free throws. She finished with 11 points.
Michelle Cullen was the only Raider to hit for doubles with a game-high 15 points, while Marcie Soltesz scored 14 for Cambridge Springs.