GIRLS HOOPS: Lady Lions heading to tourney after win

The WCCS Lady Lions ended their regular season on a strong note on Friday night, defeating French Creek at home, 39-28.

WCCS opened up a commanding lead in the first half, outscoring the Eagles, 26-11. Although the Lady Lions’ offense slowed in the second half, the Eagles could never put together a run to get themselves back into the game.

Dymphee Zortman and Allyssa Kerr each finished with 12 points for Warren County Christian, while Jess Lauffenburger added six and Beth Root chipped in five.

“The girls came out with the most energy they’ve had in any game,” coach Tom Jones said. “I think the first half was they best half they’ve played all season.”

The Lady Lions will look to extend their season when they take on Erie First Christian in a playoff game on Monday. The two teams split their previous meetings this season.

FRENCH CREEK (28): C Hemlock 0 0-0 0, Gillette 2 2-6 7, T Lashbrook 5 1-4 11, E Hemlock 0 0-0 0, Breitfelder 1 0-0 2, Southwick 3 0-0 6, K Lashbrook 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 3-10 38

WCCS (39): Beth Root 2 1-2 5, Dymphee Zortman 5 1-4 12, Allyssa Kerr 6 0-2 12, Desirae Kerr 1 0-0 2, McKenna Phelps 1 0-0 2, Sarah Parmeter 0 0-0 0, Jessica Lauffenburger 3 0-0 6. Totals 18 2-8 39

French Creek 5 6 5 12 – 28

WCCS 16 10 7 6 – 39

3-pointers: FGillette; WZortman.

Saegertown 51, Eisenhower 40

The first quarter was the difference in Friday night’s varsity girls basketball game between Eisenhower and Saegertown with the visiting Panthers holding an 11-point first quarter edge in a 51-40 victory at Eisenhower High School.

According to Ike girls coach Mike Logue, his Knights came out of the locker room “sluggish” and fell victim to a hot shooting Saegertown team. Logue said the visitors shot “50 percent or better” in the first quarter as Ike fell behind, 20-9.

The remainder of the game would be played completely even with the Knights (8-12) cutting the lead to just four points (36-32) during the second half.

Kristen Williams paced the Knights’ offense with 12 points with Alyssa Peterson adding nine points and Halie VanOrd seven points. Peterson pulled down seven boards, VanOrd had five rebounds, three assists and three steals, Holly Chapman had five rebounds and three assists and Danielle Bradish added three steals.

Saegertown was a 34-23 winner in the junior varsity game. Emily McJunkin led the Knights with eight points.

Eisenhower will play its second game in as many days Saturday when it hosts AC Valley. Junior varsity action will begin at 2 p.m. with varsity to follow.

SAEGERTOWN (51): Hanley 6 0-0 14, Shuey 2 0-0 6, DiBartomelow 7 5-6 19, Dippold 2 4-5 8, Caldwell 0 2-6 2, Tomczak 1 0-0 2, Totals: 18 11-17 51

EISENHOWER (40): Kristen Williams 5 0-0 12, Holly Chapman 1 1-2 3, Halie VanOrd 2 3-4 7, Dakota Williams 2 0-0 5, Brooke Stanton 4 1-1 9, Alyssa Peterson 2 0-0 4, Danielle Bradish 0 0-0 0, Emily McJunkin 0 0-0 0, Haylie Birt 0 0-0 0, Totals: 16 5-7 40

Saegertown 20 11 9 11 – 51

Eisenhower 9 9 9 13 – 40

3-pointers: S- Hanley 2, Shuey 2; E- K. Williams 2, D. Williams

Junior varsity game

SAEGERTOWN (34): Posego 3 3-11 9, Newman 1 0-1 2, Michaels 1 1-2 3, Chang 2 0-2 4, Mondi 3 2-7 8, Wise 3 2-4 8, Totals: 13 8-27 34

EISENHOWER (23): Meghan Hagberg 0 0-2 0, Taylor Haner 0 2-2 2, Bailey Burch 1 2-3 4, Mallory Trumbull 1 0-0 2, Haylie Birt 2 0-0 5, Emily McJunkin 4 0-0 8, Kristen Wagner 1 0-2 2, Allie Schutt 0 0-0 0, Shania Spicer 0 0-0 0, Totals: 9 4-9 23

Saegertown 10 7 10 7 – 34

Eisenhower 4 4 10 5 – 23

3-pointers: S- None; E- Birt

Erie First 31, TCCS 16

ERIE – Tidioute Charter’s Tanya Krouse gave Bulldogs coach Ted Nuttall a reason to smile Friday evening, pouring in 14 points during the Bulldogs’ 31-16 loss to Erie First Christian.

While remaining winless on the season, TCCS got a strong effort from its sophomore guard as the Bulldogs managed to stay close well into the second half. Nuttall said it was the first time all a season a Tidioute player had reached double figures and the effort was certainly “something to smile about.”

Krouse had scored 15 points in the first 13 games for the Bulldogs before exploding for 14 on Friday night. The performance included three three-point field goals.

The Lady Bulldogs have one last shot at a victory this season, wrapping up the 2012-13 campaign Monday at West Forest.

TCCS (16): Aubrey Sonney 0 0-0 0, Brianna Tyler 0 0-0 0, Robbi Kightlinger 0 0-0 0, Morgan Molek 0 0-0 0, Tanya Krouse 5 1-2 14, Lauren Slack 0 0-0 0, Allyvia Morgan 1 0-0 2, Casey Byers 0 0-2 0, Totals: 6 1-4 16

ERIE FIRST (31): Engle 6 1-9 13, Hall 3 1-2 7, Francis-Li 0 1-2 1, Chapman 1 0-0 2, Fitzgerald 3 2-4 8, Totals: 13 5-17 31

TCCS 3 0 6 7 – 16

Erie First 6 4 9 12 – 31

3-pointers: T- Krouse 3; E- None