Lady ’Canes fall to Ambridge
New Castle (56) Vs. Ambridge (58)
It was not a good start for the New Castle High girls basketball team.

Ambridge upset the Lady ’Canes 58-56 during the first night of WPIAL Section 2-AAA play on Monday.

“We just didn’t play well from the tip,” New Castle coach Luann Grybowski said.

The Lady ’Canes, who had been on a five-game winning streak, trailed by 15 with five minutes to go but battled back to tie the game at 56 with less than a minute remaining.

Ambridge’s Lexi Fontana then drove down court and dished off to Amber Borkowski, who followed with a layup with four seconds remaining to secure the win.

“It’s our first section game and we lose,” Grybowski said. “It’s just unbelievable.

“We couldn’t do anything right. We didn’t shoot. We didn’t play defense. We didn’t do anything.”

The Lady ’Canes (0-1 section, 5-1 overall) shot 18-for-58 from the floor and committed 22 turnovers.

Shelby Rodgers scored a game-high 21 points for New Castle. She sank five 3-pointers.

LaShauna Brothers followed with 11 points.

Fontana paced the Lady Bridgers (1-0, 3-3) with 18 points. She scored eight of those markers during Ambridge’s 24-point third quarter.
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
New Castle 14 9 13 20 0 56
Ambridge 11 11 24 12 0 58
Box Scores
NEW CASTLE (56)
Christina Talbert 1 2-4 4
Jazelle Dennis 1 4-5 6
Shelby Rodgers 8 0-0 21
LaShauna Brothers 5 0-0 11
JaNia McPhatter 0 6-10 6
Kaylynn Waters 3 0-0 8
Ashley DeHass 0 0-0 0
Lynette Fish 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 17 12-19 56.

AMBRIDGE (58)
Sam Santiago 2 2-2 6
Lexi Fontana 9 0-2 18
Chazmin Smith 6 0-0 12
Kayla Haslett 3 1-3 8
Precious McCracken 3 1-1 9
Courtney Parisi 1 1-3 3
Amber Borkowski 1 0-1 2.
Totals: 26 4-10 58.

NEW CASTLE 14 9 13 20 — 56
AMBRIDGE 11 11 24 12 — 58

3-point goals — New Castle 8 (Rodgers 5, Waters 2, Brothers 1); Ambridge 2 (Haslett 1, McCracken 1).
JV score: No game.

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