Lady Lancers edge Mohawk in OT
Neshannock (40) Vs. Mohawk (37)
It wasn’t easy for the Neshannock High girls basketball team.
However, Lady Lancers coach Luann Grybowski will take it.
Neshannock missed 10 foul shots and shot 22.6 percent from the floor, but found a way to knock off Mohawk in a WPIAL Section 2-AA matchup, 40-37 in overtime.
The Lady Lancers were just 12 of 53 from the field and 14 of 24 from the foul line.
“Mohawk has been playing well; they’re not a bad team,” Grybowski said. “Mohawk played hard and did what they had to do by staying within the gameplan.
“We could have made it a little easier on ourselves by making foul shots, though.”
Neshannock led by three points late in regulation and missed a foul shot that would have made it a two-possession game. The Lady Warriors secured the rebound and Devon Giancola hit a 3-pointer on the left wing with 17 seconds remaining.
“We drew up a good play and Devon just knocked down a shot,” Mohawk coach Mike O’Lare said. “Our kids can make every excuse on why they can quit this year, but they haven’t done that.
“We’re still improving and that’s what we want. All you can do is play hard to give yourself an opportunity.”
Neshannock, which was just 3 of 8 from the foul line in overtime, never trailed in the extra session. Mohawk misfired on a pair of 3-pointers late in overtime and the Lady Lancers hung on.
“We had some very poor possessions to start overtime,” O’Lare said. “We took some bad shots and we kind of rushed things a little bit.”
Ericka Warvell tossed in 19 points with eight rebounds and five steals for Neshannock. Nine of Warvell’s markers came in the first quarter. Chelsea Kauffman was next with 12 markers.
“Ericka played much better,” Grybowski said. “She rebounded and she read the defense well; she curled when she needed to coming off screens.”
Shelby Brown paced Mohawk with 12 points and Brooke Shasteen chipped in with 10. Janiel Henley pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds and Meghan Laughner added eight.
Mohawk, which was 13 of 33 from the floor, turned the ball over 22 times, compared to 15 for Neshannock.
“It was an up-and-down game,” O’Lare said. “Their defense caused us to turn the ball over and that led to some easy baskets for them. Then at times, their defense overplayed us and that led to some easy baskets for us.”