GIRLS HOOPS: Knight Time: Eisenhower wins in region to end regular season; Dragons suffer region loss

Kristen Williams scored 11 of her game-high 13 points in the first half, the Lady Knights limited visiting Maplewood to just 26 points and Eisenhower tuned up for the District 10 Class A playoffs with a 45-26 victory over the Tigers Thursday at Eisenhower High School.

A season after winning just five games, the Knights finished the regular season with 10 victories and have a strong chance to be included in the D-10 playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The postseason brackets are expected to be released this weekend.

Trying to avenge an earlier season loss to the Tigers, the Knights built a small first quarter lead and were able to slowly extend the margin throughout the game. Williams came out strong, knocking down three first half three-pointers and accounting for nine of her team’s first 14 points.

Leading 17-13 at the half, the Knights turned up the heat in the second 16 minutes. With Williams finally cooling down, Brooke Stanton, Haylie Birt and Danielle Bradish began to shoulder the offensive load. Stanton scored eight of her nine points in the second half while Birt and Bradish did all of their scoring in the third and fourth quarters.

While the offense was indeed clicking, Ike’s defense was on another level. The hosts gave up just four points in the third quarter and only 13 points in each half on Thursday. The Knights defense didn’t allow a Maplewood second half field goal until just six minutes remained in the fourth quarter. All told, the Tigers went nearly 14 minutes without connecting from the field – a span that ran from the final minutes of the first half into the final stanza.

“I like the way we’re playing heading into the playoffs, assuming we make it in,” said Ike coach Mike Logue. “We obviously have some things we need to work on, but I like the improvement we’ve made – especially as of late.”

In addition to Williams’ 13 points, Stanton finished with nine points, Birt had six points, Alyssa Peterson five points and Bradish and Halie VanOrd four points each.

The Knights won the junior varsity game, 43-27. Allie Schutt led the winners with nine points.

MAPLEWOOD (26): Bernoski 2 0-2 4, L. Miller 2 5-5 9, A. Miller 2 0-0 4, Turner 1 0-0 2, Krepts 0 1-4 1, Merritt 1 0-2 2, Smith 2 0-0 4, Totals: 10 6-13 26

EISENHOWER (45): Kristen Williams 4 2-2 13, Holly Chapman 0 2-6 2, Halie VanOrd 2 0-0 4, Dakota Williams 0 0-1 0, Brooke Stanton 4 1-2 9, Haylie Birt 2 0-0 6, Danielle Bradish 2 0-0 4, Alyssa Peterson 2 1-4 5, Chelsea Parmenter 1 0-0 2, Totals: 17 6-15 45

Maplewood 7 6 4 9 – 26

Eisenhower 11 6 12 16 -45

3-pointers: M- None; E- K. Williams 3, Birt 2

Junior varsity game

MAPLEWOOD (27): Smith 2 0-2 4, Klingesmith 1 2-2 4, Ferguson 1 0-0 2, Proper 1 2-4 4, Covine 2 3-8 8, Scott 1 1-1 3, Mangione 0 0-2 0, Fultz 0 2-8 2, Totals: 8 10-27 27

EISENHOWER (43): Meghan Hagberg 3 0-2 6, Taylor Haner 0 0-0 0, Bailey Burch 1 2-9 4, Mallory Trumbull 4 0-0 8, Shania Spicer 1 0-0 2, Haylie Birt 1 0-0 3, Allie Schutt 4 1-2 9, Emily McJunkin 2 2-6 6, Kristen Wagner 2 1-3 5, Totals: 18 6-22 43

Maplewood 2 4 6 15 – 27

Eisenhower 12 6 17 8 – 43

3-pointers: M- Covine; E- Birt

Harbor Creek 59, Warren 48

HARBORCREEK – Tough week for the playoff-bound Lady Dragons.

After a lopsided loss to Region 6 first-place Villa Maria on Tuesday, Warren was upset by fourth-place Harbor Creek on Thursday, 59-48, at Harbor Creek High School.

This bumps Warren down to third place with the District 10 Class AAA at-large playoff teams to be announced this weekend.

“It was a reality check, more than anything – Tuesday and today,” said Warren coach Lisa Ruhlman, whose Dragons are 15-6 overall and 6-4 in Region 6. Harbor Creek is now 14-8 and 5-5, and also eyeing the playoffs. “The week before we had Corry and Kane and we coasted, and we were lucky.”

Ruhlman reiterated the same thing she said after Tuesday’s loss – you have to bring it every night, no matter the opponent. She said the Dragons again had trouble getting back in transition defense.

Warren kept it close, with the score tied late in the third quarter. Maggie Lawrence banked in a 3-pointer with three seconds left, and Harbor Creek took that momentum into the fourth. Another 3-pointer, and then a two, and the Huskies had a comfortable lead.

Theresa Fachetti scored nine of her game-high 25 points in a 19-11 fourth quarter for the Huskies.

Jaimie Eaton scored 24 points with five assists to try to keep Warren in it. With the exception of freshmen D.J. Hahn’s and Paige Wilson’s combined 20 points, Warren didn’t get much more offense. Hahn added eight rebounds.

Warren beat the Huskies, 72-44, at home earlier this season.

Warren hosts Bradford on Monday for Senior Night looking for the program’s first 16-win season since 2007-08 and first since the regular season was shortened to 22 games from 24.

WARREN (48): Jaimie Eaton 9 4-5 24, D.J. Hahn 5 0-0 12, Taylor Mineweaser 1 2-2 4, Paige Wilson 2 4-4 8, Meghan Loutzenhiser 0 0-0 0, McKenzie Merenick 0 0-0 0, Kari Santo 0 0-0 0, Brittni Merenick 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-11 48.

HARBOR CREEK (59): Warner 1 0-0 2, Brigham 4 0-0 9, Fachetti 11 3-7 25, Carnell 3 1-2 8, Lawrence 3 4-4 12, Zielinski 1 0-2 3. Totals 23 8-15 59.

Warren 10 13 14 11 – 48

Harbor Creek 11 14 15 19 – 59

3-pointers: W-Eaton 2, Hahn 2; H-Brigham, Carnell, Lawrence 2.

Junior varsity game

WARREN (40): Ashlee McClure 5 0-1 10, Kaitlin Sedon 0 0-0 0, Megan Smoulder 0 0-0 0, Katlyn Adams 1 1-2 3, Nerissa McIntyre 2 3-3 7, Meghan Loutzenhiser 0 0-0 0, Amy Castagnino 4 0-0 8, McKenzie Merenick 1 2-2 4, Brittany Massa 2 0-0 4, Lizzy Marsh 1 2-2 4, Totals 16 8-10 40.

HARBOR CREEK (32): T. Tate 4 2-4 10, Kertulis 2 0-0 4, Pound 1 1-1 3, C. Tate 0 1-4 1, Gula 1 0-0 2, Carnell 4 3-4 12. Totals 12 7-13 32

Warren 14 7 10 9 – 40

Harbor Creek 7 5 10 10 – 32

3-pointers: W-None; H-Carnell.

Cambridge Springs 48, Youngsville 37

The Lady Eagles ended their season on a sour note Thursday night, dropping a 48-37 Region 3 contest to Cambridge Springs at Youngsville High School.

Youngsville outscored the Blue Devils in the second half, but the damage had already been done and the Lady Eagles finish the year with a 5-17 overall record with a 1-11 region mark.

“I’ve said it before, we can’t have a bad quarter,” said Youngsville coach David Becker. “Unfortunately, this was the last game for a lot of these girls. Katelyn Maille had a great game. She had eight rebounds and played some solid defense. It was a physical game. The girls kept fighting and that’s what you like to see.”

Sophomore sisters Karissa and Kennedy Cratty led the Lady Eagles in scoring once again with nine and eight points, respectively. Maille, Katie Chuzie, and Aubree Hendrickson each scored five points in the loss.

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS (48): T. Babb 2 2-4 7, Kurt 0 1-2 1, Hall 1 2-2 4, Darbec 3 1-2 7, Schmidt 2 1-2 6, B. Babb 2 2-2 6, Seher 2 2-2 6, Zilhaver 5 2-2 12, Totals 17 13-18 48.

YOUNGSVILLE (37): Karissa Cratty 4 1-4 9, Kennedy Cratty 2 4-8 8, Katie Chuzie 1 2-2 5, Katelyn Maille 1 2-4 5, Jessie Jameson 1 0-0 2, Jenna Bower 0 0-0 0, Jorie Clark 1 0-0 3, Aubree Hendrickson 2 0-2 5, Savannah Pollow 0 0-0 0, Totals 12 9-20 37.

Cambridge Springs 16 9 11 12 – 48

Youngsville 9 7 4 17 – 37

3-pointers: C – T. Babb; Y – Chuzie, Maille, Clark, Hendrickson.