Lady 'Canes trounce Beaver
New Castle (72) Vs. Beaver (38)
New Castle High tuned up for one of its biggest games of the year with a dominating performance.
The Lady ’Canes trounced Beaver, 72-38, last night in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA matchup to set up a showdown with Ambridge (4-1 section, 8-3 overall) on Monday.
New Castle (5-0, 8-2) started the game on a 14-2 run and never let up, leading 39-16 at the break.
“We came out strong,” Lady ’Canes coach Jason Rankin said. “The pressure really hurt them early. We were able to force them into our tempo and kind of put a stranglehold on them right away. And when you have four players in double figures, it gives you so much more versatility.”
New Castle’s Christina Talbert led all scorers with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Ja’Nia McPhatter added 17, while LaShauna Brothers contributed 16 and Delvona Dennis provided 11 markers and 13 rebounds.
“It’s going to be a great game,” said Rankin of the Ambridge matchup. “We’ve had some great matchups with them over the years. I remember they beat us up at their place two years ago and then we beat them pretty good at home later in the year. We’ve had some battles. This one should be good, too.”
The Lady ’Canes honored Beth Stanley, known as Beth Natale in her playing days, prior to the game for scoring a record 54 points in a 1987 victory at Quaker Valley, a mark that still stands. Rankin lauded her for how she sent a letter to him congratulating the team on its WPIAL Class AAA championship last year. He said Stanley, a teacher in the New Castle school district, also sent one two years ago when he was an assistant to former New Castle coach Luann Grybowski, who won a title in 2009.
“When I started here, I wanted it to be like a fraternity, or a sorority in this case,” Rankin said. “I wanted the kids to know they were part of something bigger than just themselves, especially when you have good people like Beth, who are part of the community and teaching the kids, and she also had a fantastic career.”
The current Lady ’Canes have a chance to strengthen their legacy on Monday.