Wolverines rally to keep Titans winless
By Bill Albright
Grove City overcame a 14-point deficit for an overtime victory.
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — For about 30 minutes of Saturday’s game with Grove City, it appeared as though the Westminster men’s basketball team was going to get the winless monkey off its back.
However, the Wolverines battled back from a 14-point deficit in the second half to post an 89-81 overtime win.
“They [Titans] were shooting the ball very well in the first half,” GCC coach Steve Lamie said. “We had our hands in their faces and they were still making shots. There was nothing else we could do.”
Ryan Gibson and Joe McCoy led the Wolverines with 22 points each.
“Gibson stepped up and played the game like a senior point guard should,” Westminster coach Larry Ondako said.
Ryne Murray led the Titans with 30 points while Steve Bielich added 14, Bobby Glass 13 and Max Spinner 11.
In the extra period, the Wolverines outscored the Titans 18-10.
“They were playing us tough and we couldn’t get our normal shots off,” said Lamie about the first 30 minutes. “We told the guys at halftime to settle down and be patient that good things would come to them and they did.
“I think another factor was our depth. We just kept rotating people in and I think that wore them down a little bit, especially in the second half and in the overtime period.”
Grove City 40, Westminster 36
Grove City’s women’s team won its second game in a row, this time over Westminster in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Both teams shot poorly with the Wolverines holding a slim 25-22 edge in field goal shooting percentage.
“All of our players did a great job defensively today,” GCC coach Sarah Harris said. “We told Christine Slater that she needed to be a defensive stopper for us and we put her on Amy Dolsak today and she did an outstanding job. And Raeann Szelong containing [Kaitlin] McCarthy was big for us as well. They all did a great job.”
Facing a harassing defensive effort by GCC that caused 14 turnovers, the Titans (2-4, 0-1) scored their first points of the opening half nine-plus minutes into the period.
“Grove City came in here focused and ready to go and we weren’t ready to play,” Westminster coach Rosanne Scott said. “It showed in the first nine minutes of the game. We told our kids that they [GCC] play hard and that it would be a battle and we just weren’t ready to go.”
Keeping the Wolverines (2-5, 1-1) in the game during the opening 20 minutes was Raeann Szelong who scored 11 of her team-high 13 points.
Slater took over the scoring chores for the Wolverines in the second half as she scored all nine of her points, including six of her team’s final 10 points.
With her team trailing by six, the Titans’ Gina Brunetti (Mooney) drilled a pair of 3s to tie the game at 19-all at halftime.
Brunetti finished with a team-high 10 points and four rebounds.
Dolsak (McDonald) and McCarthy (Lowellville) added seven points each. McCarthy and Dolsak combined for six rebounds.
The two teams played to six more ties in the second half before Grove City scored six of the last eight points in the game for the win.