Lady ’Canes cruise to win
New Castle (76) Vs. Ambridge (54)
Jan 17, 2012
Revenge wasn’t on the minds of the New Castle High girls basketball team last night.

Winning and improving was.

The Lady ’Canes used a quick start to cruise past Ambridge 76-54 in a Section 2-AAA matchup at the Ne-Ca-Hi Field House.

The Lady Bridgers ousted New Castle in the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs last year. But the Lady ’Canes weren’t concerned with the past, coach Jason Rankin said. And it was obvious from the start. Kaylynn Waters scored 13 of her game-high 25 points in the first quarter when the Lady ’Canes (6-0 section, 9-3 overall) outscored Ambridge, 28-15.

“It was kind of hard to reconnect with that (loss) because about 10 kids have graduated from the two teams,” he said. “I just reminded them that they’re well coached and there are a few players leftover. The biggest thing for us was that we wanted to keep getting better, and we wanted to get some of the younger players some key minutes and experience.”

Christina Talbert added 19 points for the Lady ’Canes, while Kelsey Scott contributed 10. Waters also provided seven rebounds and seven steals. She and Talbert have been the catalysts on offense all season.

“(Waters) and Christina have just been a tremendous 1-2 punch, and we got some big contributions off the bench, which was nice,” Rankin said.

Nightly Roundup
Jan 17, 2012 Nightly Roundups
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
New Castle 28 15 15 18 0 76
Ambridge 15 9 14 16 0 54
Box Scores
NEW CASTLE (76)
Rachael Razzano 2 1-1 6
Dana Perrotta 2 1-4 6
Kelsey Scott 5 0-1 10
Christina Talbert 8 3-4 19
Kaylynn Waters 10 2-3 25
Nakea Fish 2 0-2 4
Darrian Johnson 0 0-0 0
Brandy Stewart 0 0-0 0
Velvet Wade 2 0-2 4
Kennedy Hudson 0 0-0 0
Jasmine Evans 0 0-0 0
Ki’Ria McPhatter 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 32 7-17 76.

AMBRIDGE (54)
Katie Fischer 5 0-1 11
Heather Mueller 0 0-0 0
Rachel Deiter 8 1-3 20
Scarlett Fredrick 2 0-0 5
Lexi Hilzendeger 0 0-0 0
Madison Walsh 0 1-2 1
Kelly Haslett 8 1-3 17.
Totals: 23 3-9 54.

NEW CASTLE 28 15 15 18 — 76
AMBRIDGE 15 9 14 16 — 54

3-point goals — New Castle (Waters 3, Razzano 1, Perrotta 1), Ambridge 5 (Deiter 3, Fischer 1, Frederick 1).
JV score: New Castle 52, Ambridge 15. High scorer: NC — Darrian Johnson 15.

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