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Ellwood girls top Central Valley
Ellwood City (52) Vs. Central Valley (35)
Football isn’t the only program making huge strides at Ellwood City Lincoln.

The girls basketball team won a WPIAL Section 2-AAA game for the second time in 97 tries, beating Central Valley, 52-35, last night.

The game was tied entering fourth quarter, but that’s when the Lady Wolverines (1-3 section, 6-5 overall) dominated. They outscored Central Valley (0-3, 3-7), 23-6, in the fourth, led by point guard Allison Marshall, who hit all three of her 3-pointers.

“I challenged her at halftime,” Ellwood City coach Bill Gottuso said. “I said, ‘Everyone else is playing well, you need to be a senior leader.’ I told her to step it up, and she only had one turnover in the second half and played really well on both sides of the ball.”

Marshall scored all 11 of her points in the second half, added seven assists and paced Ellwood City during a 14-0 fourth-quarter run. The Lady Wolverines snapped a 91-game section losing streak last year against Center, which consolidated with Monaca to form Central Valley.

Michelle Nocera also recorded 11 points for Ellwood City. No Central Valley players scored in double figures.

“We worked too hard and came too far to let this one go on our home court,” Gottuso said. “We haven’t had too many chances in our section and the girls wanted this one. We’re 6-5 now, and I can’t remember the last time we were over .500 this late in the season.”

Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Ellwood City 4 10 15 23 0 52
Central Valley 6 4 19 6 0 35
Box Scores
CENTRAL VALLEY (35)
Madeline May 3 0-0 6
Gossely Warfield 2 1-2 5
Britt Campbell 1 0-2 2
Katie Macullugh 1 0-0 2
Kara Smith 1 0-1 2
Brooke Callahan 4 0-0 8
Carissa Percotpini 1 0-1 2
Sarina Barrett 4 0-0 8.
Totals: 17 1-6 35.

ELLWOOD CITY (52)
Jenna Ricciuti 2 0-0 5
Nicole Nocera 3 4-4 11
Angela McCowin 2 2-4 6
Kara Sainato 0 0-0 0
Asia Borders 4 0-0 8
Mikaela Wadding 0 0-0 0
Allison Marshall 4 0-0 11
Michelle Nocera 5 1-1 11.
Totals: 20 7-9 52.

CENTRAL VALLEY 6 4 19 6 — 35
ELLWOOD CITY 4 10 15 23 — 52
3-point goals — Ellwood City 5 (Ricciuti 1, N. Nocera 1, Marshall 3).
JV score: Central Valley 59, Ellwood City 21. High scorer: EC — Francesca Nardone 9.

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