Farrell takes a big step forward
The Steelerettes beat District 10 power Kennedy Catholic 56-52.
By BILL ALBRIGHT
SLIPPERY ROCK -- Going into Saturday's meeting with Kennedy Catholic in the first round of the PIAA Class A girls state tournament, Farrell High coach Ed Turosky hoped his team could make a statement about how far the program has advanced the last six years.
After 32 minutes of fast-paced basketball, the message was delivered in a 56-52 Steelerettes' victory.
"I said when I started with this program that in order for us to reach the highest level, you had to beat Kennedy," said Turosky.
"They have been the top team in District 10 and because we are coming into District 10 next year, this is a big lift for our girls to beat a quality team like Kennedy. We knew we had to raise our level to get the job done and the girls did an outstanding job of doing just that. This is absolutely the biggest win in the history of our program."
Kennedy Catholic (19-8) coach Pat Mastrian felt the play of the guards was a big factor in the outcome.
"Part of our problem was the pressure they applied to our guards caused us not to be able to get the ball to where we wanted it to go at times," he said.
"But even with the two of them out, we didn't execute our offense because of their overall pressure. We knew coming in that was their strength and although we tried some different things to try to counter that, it just didn't work for us."
During the season, Farrell has spread around the wealth on offense while playing tough man-to-man defense and Saturday's game was no different.
The Steelerettes (19-6) got seven points from Kaveeda Myers in the first period and seven from Tieshia Stubbs in the second quarter before Jessica Robinson poured in 10 points in the final quarter.
Robinson finished with 16 points, while Chloe Stewart added 13, Myers had 11 and Diercia Blackwell 10.
"If you look at our scoring for the whole season, we have five kids who have almost 200 points," said Turosky.
"Not one kid has stood out for us and in the end, I think that is what makes us better. Our distribution has been good and we have a lot of different people who can score for us."
Stewart, a sophomore point guard, also did a nice job of running the offense.
"She has started 53 games for us the past two years and she is a real gamer," said Turosky. "When the press is on, we just put the ball in her hands and she goes after it."
For Kennedy, Heather Brooks scored 16 points, while Dierdre Reimold added 14 and Kendra Radkowski had 13.
Kennedy trailed by 10 minutes in the final minute before 3-point goals by Reimold and Brooks made it close before Blackwell closed it out with two free throws.
"We just didn't stop Stewart when we had to," said Mastrian. "When we allowed her to penetrate, they got easy layups."
Farrell advanced to the second round to face Serra Catholic, which defeated Elk County Catholic 74-64 Saturday. Serra Catholic defeated Farrell 54-44 in the WPIAL semifinals.