Neshannock girls clamp down on Shady Side Academy
Neshannock (39) Vs. Shady Side Academy (24)
Feb 18, 2015
By Andrew Koob
New Castle News

BUTLER — The Neshannock girls basketball team has had one defensive goal in mind all year.

Hold opponents to under 40 points.

It’s a goal that, paired with the scoring ability of the Lady Lancers, usually leads to victories.

Neshannock did more than reach that mark, stifling Shady Side Academy in a 39-24 victory in the opening round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs last night at Butler High
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Neshannock (19-3) shut down any offense the Lady Indians tried to produce, holding them to four points in the second quarter and three in the fourth.

It was a bounce-back performance from the first quarter, where Shady Side (13-10) was able to get high-percentage looks at the basket from the paint.

“I wasn’t happy defensively in the first half because we preach no easy penetration,” Neshannock coach Luann Grybowski said. “We gave up the middle four times and they scored on all of them. They really should have had five at the half. We did a much better job at the second half, keeping the ball out of the middle.”

Neshannock played keep away for most of the fourth quarter, holding onto a nine-point lead that ballooned to 16 points thanks to seven straight markers at the start of the quarter.

The slow pace, as well as the tough defense, crippled a Shady Side team that didn’t record its first successful field goal in the fourth quarter until only 1:27 remained on the clock.

“I thought it was excellent,” Grybowski said. “Anytime you hold someone to less than 10 in a quarter, you’re doing your job. We rotated and we got beat, the second rotation didn’t happen (in the first half). In the fourth quarter, we just held the ball. It was hustle, we got a lot of balls off of deflections. That takes away opportunities to score. I was very pleased with our defense. I thought we really ran the clock well in the fourth and got high percentage shots.”

Madison McHale led all scorers with 20 points, while Cassidy Burrelli totaled 11 points and five steals. Only McHale, Burrelli and Tayler Grybowski recorded a point heading into the final frame before an Erin Warvell trey to start off the fourth quarter broke the streak.

“Madison will get her 15 points,” Luann Grybowski said. “But we needed somebody else to score double digits, it would’ve been nice to have a third. We got some shots, we just didn’t get them to fall. You have to work for higher percentage shots and we talked about that at halftime and I thought we did a better job in the second half.”

Neshannock moves on to face top-seeded Seton-La Salle, 65-36 winners against West Shamokin last night, Friday at a time and site to be announced.

(Email: A_Koob@ncnewsonline.com)

Nightly Roundup
Feb 18, 2015 Nightly Roundups
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Neshannock 14 5 11 9 0 39
Shady Side Academy 9 4 8 3 0 24
Box Scores
SHADY SIDE ACADEMY (24)
Gabrielle Harchelroad 3 0-1 6
Emily Natoli 0 0-0 0
Sarah Hacke 2 2-2 7
Caroline Benec 2 0-0 4
Jackie Yencik 0 0-0 0
Erin Frohlich 0 0-2 0
Stephanie Pish 1 3-4 5
Megan McInerney 1 0-0 2
Totals: 9 5-9 24

NESHANNOCK (39)
Regan Moorhouse 1 0-0 2
Cassidy Burrelli 4 3-4 11
Madison McHale 8 2-4 20
Madison Jones 0 0-0 0
Maeley McHale 0 0-0 0
Aidan Noga 0 0-0 0
Erin Warvell 1 0-0 3
Tayler Grybowski 1 0-0 3
Totals: 15 5-8 39

SHADY SIDE ACA. 9 4 8 3 — 24
NESHANNOCK 14 5 11 9 — 39
3-point goals — Shady Side Academy 1 (Hacke 1), Neshannock (Mad. McHale 2, Warvell 1, Grybowski 1).
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