Lady Warriors shut down
Carylnton (46) Vs. Mohawk (22)
Feb 19, 2014
By Joe Sager
New Castle News
WEXFORD — The Mohawk High girls basketball team knew Carlynton could play defense.

Just not like that.

The Lady Cougars stifled the Lady Warriors in a 56-22 decision last night in a WPIAL Class AA girls basketball first-round game at North Allegheny High School.

Carlynton (19-3) meets Greensburg Central Catholic (18-4), a 50-33 winner over Laurel, on Friday at a time and site to be determined by the WPIAL.

It was the 12th time this season the Lady Cougars have yielded 30 points or less.

“It’s frustrating because they are a very good team. They beat us with skill. We stayed together as a team. It just wasn’t working out for us,” said Mohawk junior Samantha Carr, who had a team-high eight points. “I think we were trying to force it and the shots weren’t going in. I think the atmosphere might have affected us, too.”

Mohawk (17-6) struggled against Carlynton’s aggressive defense. When the Lady Warriors did get an open shot, they didn’t go in with consistency. The team converted 6 of 30 shots (20 percent) from the field.

“They were playing a 1-1-3 and they had (Conor Richardson) at the top and they push you to one side as soon as you cross. Obviously, I didn’t do a very good job,” Mohawk coach Mike O’Lare said. “We thought we had the right idea of what we wanted to do, but I just didn’t do a good job of coaching. It was hard, on the fly, to get us in position because they picked you up so high and pushed you so far and kind of took you out of what you wanted to do. When they’re pushing you at 40 feet, it’s hard to get that ball the next 40 feet. I take a lot of that blame because I just didn’t do a good job of trying to fix things. We were trying to patch holes and we didn’t know whether to patch the offense or the defense. It was the same thing on both ends.

“Anytime we made one, it seemed like they made one right back. It seemed like we couldn’t get four points in a row.”

He was right, Mohawk did not tally consecutive buckets on the night. The Lady Cougars jumped to a 16-8 lead after the first and owned a 24-11 halftime advantage. They limited the Lady Warriors to one field goal in the second quarter. Carlynton blew the game open in the third quarter with 19 points.

Mohawk had no answer for Lady Cougars junior star Conor Richardson. She led all scorers with 28 points and wreaked havoc on defense.

“We have nine kids so we can’t simulate anything in a practice environment. Even if we had 15 or 20, we’re not simulating that,” O’Lare said. “She was shooting from the volleyball line unguarded and she could come up. She shot lights out. She didn’t miss. You have to play a perfect game on her and hope she misses almost every shot she takes.”

Next year, the Lady Warriors return three starters. Jaki Bender and Holly Duncan are the team’s two seniors.

“The two kids that graduate aren’t basketball-first kids. After losing what we lost last year, people didn’t think we’d be able to compete this year,” O’Lare said. “We knew we had some players and we knew we could survive. Those two kids were able to pass that torch to the next group without really regressing too much. Now, we can come back again, maybe with some high expectations since we have some players returning.”

Aliya Gage added seven points for the Lady Warriors, who hope to build off this experience.

“I’ll definitely learn from this,” said Carr, who led the team in season scoring. “I know the people coming back next year will and we’ll become stronger as a team next year.”
Nightly Roundup
Feb 19, 2014 Nightly Roundups
Game Scoreboard
Carylnton 16 8 9 13 0 46
Mohawk 8 3 5 6 0 22
Box Scores
Jaki Bender 0 0-0 0
Holly Duncan 1 0-0 2
Samantha Carr 1 5-6 8
Melissa Verlotte 2 0-0 5
Aliya Gage 2 3-6 7
Ashley McConnell 0 0-0 0
Erin Giancola 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 6 8-12 22.

Conor Richardson 9 7-10 28
Jordan Melko 4 2-2 10
Ashleigh Wilson 1 0-2 2
Jazmyn Meredith 4 0-0 8
Abby Greiner 4 0-0 8.
Totals: 22 9-14 56.
Score by Quarters
MOHAWK 8  3  5  6 -- 22
CARLYNTON 16  8  9 13 -- 56
3-point goals – Mohawk 2 (Verlotte 1, Carr 1), Carlynton 3 (Richardson 3).

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