Mohawk girls rally to edge Lady ’Cats
Mohawk (42) Vs. Shenango (37)
The Mohawk High girls basketball team came alive just in time last night.

The Lady Warriors trailed by 14 at the half before rallying for a 42-37 WPIAL Section 2-AA home win over Shenango.

The win is the eighth straight for Mohawk (4-2 section, 10-3 overall). The Lady Warriors are in sole possession of third place in the section standings.

“We just want to keep continuing what we’re doing,” Mohawk coach Mike O’Lare said of the team’s winning streak. “We’re learning how to win down the stretch.”

The Lady Warriors trailed 24-10 at the half to the Lady Wildcats (0-6, 1-14). Shenango was coming off a 71-16 loss at Beaver Falls on Thursday.

“We bounced back from a very bad game against Beaver Falls,” Lady Wildcats coach Brian Turk said. “I was proud of them for how they responded.”

Mohawk outscored Shenango in the third quarter, 11-2, to draw within 26-21 going to the fourth.

“It was supposed to be the same defense we played in the first half,” O’Lare said of his team’s play in the third quarter. “We didn’t change anything at halftime. That’s how I wanted us to play in the first half.

“We’ve been talking forever about holding teams to under 40 points. Defensively it wasn’t anything we changed. Our goal was to get it to within five going to the fourth and we did that.”

Turk agreed.

“They picked up their defense,” he said. “They pretty much took over in the third period; it’s just experience.

“Right now, we’re learning how to finish. Mohawk knows how to finish.”

Mohawk capped the comeback by outscoring the Lady Wildcats in the fourth frame, 21-11. The Lady Warriors were just 12 of 51 from the floor, but they were 12 of 16 from the foul line, including 11 of 12 in the final quarter.

Shenango was within two with 40 seconds left, but Mohawk put it away from the line.

Shelby Brown paced the Lady Warriors with 11 points and Taylor Yarletts was next with nine. Devon Giancola chipped in with eight markers and six rebounds.

Katie Hoover pulled down a team-best 11 boards to go along with her seven points. Hannah Morrow recorded six rebounds as well.

Justine Razo tossed in 11 points for Shenango and Amanda Herb supplied 10 markers and a game-high 12 rebounds. Jenna Petrucci snared eight rebounds to go with her five markers.

Mohawk opens the second half of section play with a critical matchup Thursday against Riverside (5-1, 11-2), which is in second place in the section. Beaver Falls (5-0, 9-3) is in first place.

“That’s a huge game,” O’Lare said. “Being 4-2 at this time changes your focus. If you get that win, you’re not talking about just getting in (to the playoffs), but getting a section title. It’s huge.”
Game Scoreboard
Mohawk 3 7 11 21 0 42
Shenango 8 16 2 11 0 37
Box Scores
Katie Hoover 2 3-4 7
Holly Duncan 0 0-0 0
Taylor Yarletts 2 4-6 9
Ciara Sackin 2 0-0 4
Shelby Brown 3 4-4 11
Lucia Fee 0 2-2 2
Devon Giancola 3 0-0 8
Hannah Morrow 0 1-2 1.
Totals: 12 12-16 42.

Briana Ferrucci 1 1-4 4
Brianne Keyser 2 0-2 4
Amanda Herb 4 2-4 10
Jenna Petrucci 2 1-2 5
Skylar Andrews 0 3-4 3
Victoria Weinschenk 0 0-0 0
Justine Razo 2 6-10 11
Ashleigh Presnar 0 0-0 0
Christina Rapone 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 11 13-26 37.

MOHAWK 3 7 11 21 — 42
SHENANGO 8 16 2 11 — 37

3-point goals — Mohawk 4 (Yarletts 1, Brown 1, Giancola 2), Shenango 2 (Ferrucci 1, Razo 1).
JV score: Mohawk won.
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