McCarthy, Pallozzi lead Rockets to 11th win
Ali Grapevine and Jacque Schrader also sparkled for Lowellville.
By JOHN BUTERA
LOWELLVILLE -- Down eight points early in the game, the Lowellville High girls basketball team turned up the jets.
The Rockets rebounded from the slow start to turn back South Range, 67-52, in the Inter-County basketball clash.
The Rockets received big games from Kaitlin McCarthy, Kristen Pallozzi and Ali Grapvine en route to improving to 11-7, 6-4.
McCarthy scored 22 points, including three 3-point goals; while Pallozzi had 20 points with four 3-pointers and Grapevine 13 points with the same number of caroms.
Jacque Schrader added 10 points.
South Range fell to 11-7 as well while standing at 8-4 in the loop.
Heather Stacy took scoring honors for the Raiders with 18 points, including four 3-point goals, while Cindy Shuler had 11 points and Annie Semko 10.
"We jumped out pretty [well]," South Range coach Sandy Toy said. "And we worked on our press breaker, but their pressure hurt us.
"Plus you've got to give them credit," Toy said. "They were really hitting their shots."
That they were. Especially in period three when the hosts broke things open by hitting eight straight from the field.
The Rockets, eight of 10 on the session, missed only their first and last shots of the period.
Up 32-29 at intermission, Lowellville began the period on a 9-0 run, which included back-to-back coast-to-coast layups.
The Rockets outscored the Raiders 19-6 in the quarter, building a 51-35 edge after three.
McCarthy, who dished out 10 assists on the night, had 11 of her 22 points during this quarter.
Transition game stronger
"We came out in the second half and tried to be a little more patient," McCarthy said. "Then our transition game opened up. We knew we had to push the ball and try to shut them down."
South Range pulled within 12, 62-50, on an Autumn Carter basket at 3:28.
But the Raiders turned the ball over on their next two tries. And by the time they had the chance again, there were 19 seconds left.
"We never gave up," Toy said. "And we did get within 12.
"At the end we kept going for the steal because it's been something we've been successful at," Toy said. "I thought we'd try that instead of sending them to the line."
With South Range hitting their first four shots, including a pair of threes by Stacy, the Raiders rushed out 12-4 at 4:35 of the game.
Lowellville answered though and finished the period with a 14-0 uprising, led by eight points from Schrader. At the end of one, the Rockets led, 22-14.
"We got off kind of slow because we practiced all week on what they did last time. That was their inside game," Lowellville coach Tony Matisi said. "Then they started from the outside.
"I think after we were able to make a few shots and loosen up a little bit, that made a big difference," Matisi said. "Our game is transition and once we get to pushing it that helps our game a lot."