GIRLS HOOPS: Lady Eagles can’t overcome slow start at Venango

OIL CITY-Venango Catholic started on an 18-0 run in Monday night’s non-region game against Youngsville, and the Lady Eagles were unable to recover as they drop to 1-2 on the year with a 56-37 road loss.

“We did a terrible job with the mental game early,” said Youngsville coach Dave Becker. “Once they decided to gather themselves up we stayed right with (Venango) the rest of the way. It’s just a matter of doing things they way you’re supposed to from the beginning. We’re a talented team, but we aren’t the type of program that can take a quarter off.”

After being outscored 20-4 in the first quarter, the Lady Eagles played nearly even with the host Vikings for the remainder of the game.

Sisters Kennedy and Karissa Cratty accounted for 30 of Youngsville’s 37 points, each scoring 15. On the other side, Venango Catholic’s Lindsay and Ava Homan scored 17 and 14 points, respectively.

The Lady Eagles also fell in the junior varsity game, 24-8. Ali Ishman scored six points for Youngsville, and Kathy Sveda added two.

Youngsville will jump into Region 3-action on Wednesday at Maplewood. Varsity is set to tip off at 6 p.m. as there is no junior varsity contest.

YOUNGSVILLE (37): K. Sveda 0 1-2 1, Hendrickson 1 0-0 3, Ishman 0 0-0 0, J. Sveda 0 0-0 0, Kar. Cratty 7 1-2 15, Chuzie 0 2-2 2, Jameson 0 0-0 0, Pence 0 1-2 1, Lewis 0 0-0 0, Ken. Cratty 5 5-7 15; Totals 13 10-37.

VENANGO (56): L. Homan 7 1-3 17, Kuhn 3 0-0 7, Moltz 3 2-4 8, Guth 5 0-0 10, A. Homan 5 4-7 14, D. Dziekcausz 0 0-0 0, Dziekcausz 0 0-0 0, Niederrit 0 0-0 0, Grower 0 0-0 0; Totals 23 7-14 56.

Youngsville 4 8 14 11 – 37

Venango 20 6 16 14 – 56

Junior varsity game

YOUNGSVILLE (8): Witheral 0 0-0 0, Ishman 3 0-0 6, First 0 0-0 0, Schipani 0 0-0 0, K. Sveda 1 0-0 2, Bailey 0 0-0 0, Harrington 0 0-0 0, VanGuilder 0 0-0 0, Flinn 0 0-0 0, Walters 0 0-0 0, Bulard 0 0-0 0

VENANGO (24): Dziekcausz 0 2-4 2, Niederrit 5 0-0 10, Grower 1 0-0 2, Scheffer 3 0-0 6, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Dziekcausz 1 2-3 4.

Youngsville 2 4 0 2 – 8

Venango 5 7 4 8 – 24