Fast start leads Lady ’Canes past Ellwood
New Castle (47) Vs. Ellwood City (38)
By Andrew Petyak
New Castle News

New Castle High girls basketball coach Scott Dibble couldn’t have asked for a better start.

The Lady ’Canes shut out host Ellwood City Lincoln in the first quarter en route to 47-38 triumph in WPIAL Section 2-AAA action.

New Castle built a 16-0 advantage after one quarter, but saw it evaporate with a late-game rally by the Lady Wolverines.

“We jumped on them 16-0 in the first,” Dibble said. “That’s about the best start you can get. They just played tough.”

New Castle (2-3 section, 6-5 overall) keyed on Ellwood City’s guards throughout the game.

“We had to put a lot of pressure on their guards. I thought our pressure on the wings and guards really caused them some trouble.”

Ellwood (1-5, 6-7) was strong in the final three quarters, outscoring the Lady ’Canes, 38-30, but a comeback attempt fell short.

“We weren't ready to play from the tipoff,” Lady Wolverines coach Jolene Servick said. “You cannot go a quarter without scoring a single point and expect to win.”

Karington Ketterer racked up 12 points to pace Ellwood City. Asia Borders, the team’s leading scorer, was limited to nine.

“We were playing catch up the entire game and the great effort at the end just wasn’t enough. We need that same intensity and effort for four quarters,” Servick said. “Until my girls understand that, we will continue to have the same results.”

New Castle also had trouble maintaining its intensity throughout the game, as the Lady Wolverines inched closer to a comeback.

“I’m pretty disappointed in our second-half performance,” Dibble said. “We have to work some more on our conditioning, because the intensity level wasn’t there.

“I think we came out with a lot of intensity in the first. I give Ellwood a lot of credit, they played hard and fought back.”

Kelsey Scott and Dana Perrotta continued their solid play with 16 points each for the winners. The two combined to shoot 16 of 18 at the free-throw line. As a team, the Lady ’Canes shot 20 of 23 from the line.

“That’s something we’ve been working on, and it’s paying dividends,” Dibble said. “Dana shot the ball pretty well from the perimeter. Kelsey was Kelsey. She is consistently great for us. They both bring a lot of emotion and a lot of energy.”
Game Scoreboard
New Castle 16 6 13 12 0 47
Ellwood City 0 10 9 19 0 38
Box Scores
Rachael Razzano 0 2-2 2
Darrian Johnson 3 0-0 7
Dana Perrotta 3 8-8 16
Kelsey Scott 4 8-10 16
Velvet Wade 2 1-1 5
Jamay Walker 0 1-2 1
Jasmine Walker 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 10 20-23 47.

Angela McCowin 0 1-2 1
Bailey McKinney 2 1-2 5
Kara Sainato 1 0-0 3
Francesca Nardone 1 0-0 3
Asia Borders 4 1-2 9
Karington Ketterer 4 4-6 12
Isabella Williams 1 0-0 2
Reed Kegel 1 0-2 3.
Totals: 11 7-14 38.

NEW CASTLE 16 6 13 12 — 47
ELLWOOD CITY 0 10 9 19 — 38
3-point goals — New Castle 3 (Johnson 1, Perrotta 2); Ellwood 3 (Sainato 1, Nardone 1, Kegel 1).
JV score: Ellwood City 41, New Castle 20. High scorer: NC — Jamay Walker 10.
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