GIRLS HOOPS: Dragons fall in 2 OT, Youngsville wins

By JONATHAN McAFOOS

and ERIC ZAVINSKI

jsitler@timesobserver.com

The Warren girls lost in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday night, falling to Region 6 foe Mercyhurst Prep in double overtime, 59-51, at Warren Area High School.

It was the first region loss of the season for the Lady Dragons. Warren and Prep now have identical 8-3 records, with 1-1 marks in Region 6 play.

DJ Hahn helped the Dragons gain an early lead, scoring eight first-quarter points to give her team a 18-15 lead after the opening eight minutes.

The second quarter was a different story.

Prep began to pile up offensive rebounds and second-chance points, and outscored the Dragons 12-1 in the quarter, with Warren’s lone point coming from a Hahn free throw.

Entering the second half down eight points, Warren wasted no time in chipping away at Prep’s lead. The Dragons controlled the action throughout the third quarter, and reduced their deficit to just three.

Paige Wilson then tied things up with 4:38 remaining in the game. Prep attempted to run out the final 90 seconds of clock before trying for a game-winning shot, but a Lakers player dribbled the ball off of her own leg and out of bounds, sending the game to overtime.

After a low-scoring overtime period where each team scored just two points, the Dragons finally ran out of steam, as the Lakers outscored them 12-4 in the second overtime period.

“We came out so strong and so hard in the first quarter, and we got a little tired and (Prep) was able to make its run,” Dragons coach Lisa Ruhlman said. “It seems like the runs were all long stretches of time.”

Wilson was the leading scorer for Warren, registering a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Hahn would add 17 points to go along with five steals, and Alexa Bupp finished with 11 points and six boards.

The Lakers helped themselves out with their three-point shooting, hitting six shots from beyond the arc to Warren’s one.

“I’m proud of them,” Ruhlman said. “It was a great game. Beating (Prep) last year in overtime, and taking them to double overtime this year is quite a feat.”

Warren fell in the junior varsity matchup, 48-22. Ashlee McClure was the leading scorer with seven points.

The Dragons host Corry on Thursday.

Varsity

MERCYHURST PREP (59): Woll 1 2-2 5, Stolcovy 5 4-6 16, Steiner 5 3-4 15, R. Shopene 0 0-0 0, Popoff 1 2-2 4, Corritore 2 0-0 4, Kinecki 2 2-2 6, Simpson 2 0-0 4, E. Shopene 2 0-0 5. Totals 20 13-16 59

WARREN (51): Hahn 6 5-6 17, Bupp 2 7-7 11, Loutzenhiser 0 0-0 0, M. Merenick 0 2-6 2, Boice 0 0-0 0, B. Merenick 1 0-0 2, Marsh 0 0-0 0, Wilson 8 2-2 19. Totals 17 16-21 51

Mercyhurst Prep 15 12 9 9 2 12 – 59

Warren 18 1 14 12 2 4 – 51

3-pointers: M – Woll, Stolcovy 2, Steiner 2, E. Shopene; W – Wilson.

Junior varsity

MERCYHURST PREP (48): Shopene 4 2-2 11, Friello 1 0-0 2, Hiegel 4 1-4 9, Kubaney 1 5-6 7, Miller 2 1-1 5, Khoure 2 1-4 6, Byzozowski 2 0-0 4, Lutterbaugh 0 0-0 0, Staldein 0 2-2 2, Wang 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 14-21 48

WARREN (22): McClure 2 2-8 7, Loutzenhiser 0 2-5 2, Adams 2 0-0 4, Wortman 1 0-2 2, Massa 0 3-4 3, Marsh 1 2-2 4. Totals 6 9-21 22

Mercyhurst Prep 15 14 12 7 – 48

Warren 3 4 7 8 – 22

3-pointers: M – Shopene, Khoure; W – McClure.

Tidioute 64, Youngsville 11

The Tidioute Girls’ Basketball team lost to county rivals Youngsville Tuesday night at Youngsville High School.

TCCS Head Coach Jamie Hicks was happy that her players were “more confident,” especially after last weeks win against Bethel New York. Even though the margin was wide, “Tidioute had a lot of fun, and the game meant a lot to both teams.”

Youngsville Coach Dave Becker was also “happy about a lot,” but emphasized the fact that his team is trying to improve in a very important stretch in which they are preparing for many region games in the near future.

Becker was very impressed with the performances of Katie Chuzie, who had eight rebounds and eight steals in the game, and Kennedy Cratty, the top scorer of the game with 17. “It was a very physical game, and (Kennedy) Cratty did a good job in the interior.”

Starting off their lineup of region matches, Youngsville will next be in action at Saegertown on Thursday. Tidioute will next play Monday on their home turf versus Clarion Limestone.

TIDIOUTE (11): Kitelinger 2 1-2 5, L. Krouse 1 0-2 2, Durshine 0 0-0 0, T. Krouse 1 2-2 4, Duda 0 0-0 0, Slack 0 0-0 0, Hagberg 0 0-0 0, Morgan 0 0-0 0. Totals 4 3-6 11

YOUNGSVILLE (64): K. Sveda 1 0-1 2, Hendrickson 4 1-1 9, Ishman 0 0-0 0, S Sveda 0 0-0 0, Ka. Cratty 7 2-2 16, Flinn 0 0-0 0, Chuzie 2 0-0 13, Jameson 1 0-0 2, Lewis 2 0-0 4, Ke. Cratty 6 5-8 17, Bulerd 0 1-2 1. Totals 23 10-14 64

Tidioute 2 5 4 0 – 11

Youngsville 17 15 20 11 – 64

3-pointers: Y-Chuzie 3.