In first period action, Lebanon Catholic transitioned
immediately into its fast breaking style of basketball. Before
Halifax knew it, the Beavers, who had a distinct advantage in
speed, had a 6-0 lead.
The Cats could find no answer to the Beavers’
repeated drives and quick transition buckets. Halifax also
struggled with turnovers that were cashed in for points and
would never find their offensive groove they so badly needed.
Brianna Turner scored on an offensive putback and
Kristina Kelley drained two free throws, but they would be the
Cats’ only first quarter points as Lebanon took a 16-4 lead.
“It took almost an entire quarter for us to shake
the nerves.” Halifax Head Coach Dean Kerstetter said. “We had
nine turnovers to only eight shots, making one in the first
‘‘I knew that Lebanon Catholic got off to fast
starts all season long,’’ he added. ‘‘The key was to slow them
down in the first quarter, but we were unable to keep them
within reach after our slow start.”
By halftime, the Beavers would lead 32-15. But
the Cats didn’t fold.
In the third period, Kendall Lehman's bucket was
followed by a triple from Kassidy Sorichetti. Buckets by
Kristina Kelley, Melody Davis and Brianna Turner would narrow
the gap in scoring as Halifax trailed by 12 (40-28) with three
minutes remaining in the third frame.
But as quickly as Halifax gained momentum, the
Beavers answered right back. Pottsville Nativity transfer
Allison Warren drained two back to back triples and a bucket to
snuff out any hopes of a Wildcat comeback. Lebanon led 50-30
after three periods.
“The girls kept working hard even after the slow
first quarter. In the second half, we went 13-for-25 from the
field,” said Kerstetter.
The Beavers continued with back door cuts down
the stretch to seal their 18th District 3 title in the school’s
“We held their leading scorer (Warren) to four
points in the first half, but she got hot in the second half,
scoring 17 more points,’’ said Kerstetter. ‘‘This is a reason we
could not get back into the game.”
For Halifax, Turner scored eight points with
eight rebounds and two steals. Kelley added eight points with
seven rebounds and three steals. Sorichetti also scored eight
points with two blocks.
The Beavers hits 29-for-57 from the field while
Halifax connected on 18-for-45. Lebanon Catholic out-rebounded
the Cats, 31-29. Halifax committed 23 turnovers to Lebanon’s 15
for the night.
The Beavers had three players in double digits
with Warren (21 points), Neesha Pierre (18 points) and Celine
Mars (16 points).
Halifax 63, Harrisburg Academy 36, Feb. 23. The
Lady Cats controlled the boards and utilized a full court
pressure defense to pull away after a close first quarter and
eventually quiet the Lady Spartans.
It was not an easy first quarter for Halifax,
which struggled to get its offense into high gear.
Kassidy Sorichetti hit a triple early on, but
Laura Mowery countered with a downtown trey to tie the contest.
It was back-and-forth action as both teams battled, trying to
settle into its offensive groove. Halifax also turned the ball
over several times. Despite the Cats out rebounding the
Spartans, there was little offense generated to back up their
With less than a minute of play, Melody Davis
found Kendall Lehman on a backdoor cut to knot the score at
12-12. Just as quickly, Mowery countered back and the Spartans
took a slim lead. But Sorichetti drained another three with 20
seconds remaining in the first frame. Kristina Kelley earned one
of what would be many steals for her during the game and was
fouled on the fast break, adding a free throw and giving Halifax
a 16-14 lead.
The Cats quickly turned things around in the
second quarter, outscoring the Spartans 20-12, thanks to a great
offensive performance by Brianna Turner who used her height
advantage to post inside.
Brynn Miller’s jumper started the frame. A
Sorichetti steal – one of many she would earn throughout this
contest, turned into a three point play. Turner then connected
on two low-block jumpers before a couple of turnovers kept the
Spartans within striking distance.
Claire Mackin, and Mowery, kept the Spartans
close with a transition bucket and a trey. But with less than
two minutes remaining, a Kelley steal and offensive putback and
a free throw was followed by a Julia Hoon inside bucket and
Halifax led 36-26 at halftime.
The Cats were led by Turner, who scored 11 points
and Sorichetti with 10 points in the quarter.
The third period proved to be the icing on the
cake, as Halifax controlled the game’s pace, while crashing the
boards and playing solid defense. The Cats outscored Academy
14-5 and led 50-31 after three.
Great ball movement allowed Sorichetti to drain
two triples and a drive through the paint while Turner scored
inside the paint thanks to great passing by Miller and her
teammates’ unselfish play.
The Cats, led by Turner and Kelley continued to
crash the boards while allowing Turner to cash in on three nice
offensive moves inside the paint. The Cats were able to hold
Mackin, who scored 11 points in the first half, to just two free
throws in the second half.
The Cats were led by Turner with 23 points, 10
rebounds and three blocks. Sorichetti added 20 points, seven
rebounds and six steals while Kelley had an outstanding effort,
coming off the bench to score 10 points, grab 14 rebounds and
earn six steals with two assists.
Mowery was the Spartans’ high scorer with 15
points, while Mackin added 13. The Cats outrebounded the
Spartans 55-37. Halifax hit 24-for-71 from the field while
limiting Academy to 12-for-51. The Spartans committed 26
turnovers and Halifax 19.
‘‘The girls came out in the second half and put
the defensive clamps on Harrisburg Academy, holding them to two
field goals,’’ said Halifax Head Coach Dean Kerstetter.
‘‘Defensively, Brynn Miller and Kassidy Sorichetti frustrated
Harrisburg Academy's two leading scorers all game long.
‘‘It was nice to have two players score 20 points
tonight,’’ he added. ‘‘Brianna Turner had a really nice game
inside and Kassidy did damage from behind the arc. In the second
half, everyone contributed to the victory. Kristina Kelley gave
us a shot in the arm as she and Brianna each had a