Lady ’Canes make statement with victory
New Castle (65) Vs. Butler (57)
Add another statement win to the New Castle High girls basketball team’s ledger.

Kaylynn Waters netted a team-high 18 points to lead the Lady ’Canes to a 65-57 win over Butler on Saturday. The victory snapped Butler’s 12-game win streak.

Waters contributed six rebounds, three steals and three assists as well.

New Castle (19-2) is ranked No. 2 in the WPIAL in Class AAA. It’s the fifth win over a section champion this season in six tries. The teams are former section rivals, with the Lady ’Canes dropping to Class AAA this season.

New Castle’s only loss against a section champion was 54-49 against Mount Lebanon (21-0), the top-ranked team in the WPIAL in Class AAAA. It’s the Lady Blue Devils’ slimmest margin of victory.

The Lady Golden Tornado (19-2), ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA, lost for just the first time to an in-state school. Two-time defending Virginia state champion St. Paul VI defeated Butler 57-54 Dec. 29 in the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Maryland.

Butler claimed the Section 3-AAAA crown, while the Lady ’Canes won the Section 2-AAA title.

“This was a great game and a great win for us,” New Castle coach Luann Grybowski said. “These are always great games between these two schools, no matter what’s on the line.”

It’s the seventh straight victory for the Lady ’Canes and could be the clincher in locking up a top seed at tomorrow’s WPIAL pairings meeting.

New Castle wraps up the regular season at 6:30 p.m. today when it hosts Canon-McMillan in nonsection action.

Indiana (19-2), the top-ranked team in Class AAA, lost to Hempfield, 58-46, on Saturday.

“That should help us,” Grybowski said of Indiana’s loss. “You never know what they (the WPIAL) are thinking.

“I think it solidifies us as the No. 1 seed. But, in order to be successful, we need all of the girls to play well; it won’t be easy no matter what seed we get.”

New Castle built a 17-point lead midway through the third quarter. Butler could get no closer than the final margin.

Shelby Rodgers contributed 15 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists for the Lady ’Canes. She has 906 career markers as well.

“Shelby played a great game for us and Kaylynn played great, too,” Grybowski said. “I’m proud of the kids; they played hard and we did what we had to do.”

Jazelle Dennis contributed eight points, while handing out seven assists with three steals. Ashley DeHass chipped in eight markers and six rebounds off the bench.

Olivia Bresnahan led all scorers with 22 points for the Lady Golden Tornado.

Both teams struggled at the foul line. New Castle converted 12 of 21 attempts, while Butler sank just 4 of 14.

The Lady ’Canes did come through in the clutch from the stripe, sinking 5 of 6 in the final minute.

New Castle was 24 of 50 from the field, compared to 24 of 58 for the Lady Golden Tornado. The Lady ’Canes won the battle of the boards as well, 33-29.
Game Scoreboard
New Castle 11 19 21 14 0 65
Butler 11 10 20 16 0 57
Box Scores
Jazelle Dennis 3 2-4 8
Shelby Rodgers 5 2-2 15
LaShauna Brothers 3 1-4 7
JaNia McPhatter 3 0-0 7
Kaylynn Waters 6 5-7 18
Ashley DeHass 3 2-4 8
Lynette Fish 1 0-0 2
Zynieckia Bester 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 24 12-21 65.

Casey Fleeger 1 0-0 2
Katresa Savisky 1 0-0 2
Olivia Bresnahan 9 3-10 22
Amanda Dymun 4 0-0 8
Ali Sedwick 2 0-0 5
Casie Cygan 3 0-2 8
Rachel Doutt 0 0-0 0
Jenna Manuel 4 1-2 10.
Totals: 24 4-14 57.

NEW CASTLE 11 19 21 14 — 65
BUTLER 11 10 20 16 — 57

3-point goals — New Castle (Rodgers 3, Waters 1, McPhatter 1), Butler (Figan 2, Bresnahan 1, Sedwick 1, Manuel 1).
JV score: Butler 69, New Castle 65. High scorer: NC — Kaylynn Waters 21, JaNia McPhatter 13, Breanna Beshero 12.
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