Neshannock girls too strong for Charleroi
Neshannock (58) Vs. Charleroi (23)
Feb 16, 2016
By Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News

CANONSBURG — The maturity process continues to take positive strides for the Neshannock High girls basketball team.

The Lady Lancers' youthful roster — which is comprised of one senior, two juniors and a wealth of sophomores and freshman — put together a strong effort on both ends of the floor Wednesday night.

Neshannock forced 19 Charleroi turnovers and long scoring droughts by the opposition en route to a 58-23 WPIAL Class AA first-round win at Canon-McMillan.

"I thought the girls did make strides," said veteran Lady Lancers coach Luann Grybowski. "There's still things that we have to work on.

"Overall, I'm exceptionally pleased with the defensive effort. We didn't shoot the ball exceptionally well. But in the second half, we got the ball inside so we created some easier shots for us. That's what really did a good job for us."

Fifth-seeded Neshannock (19-3) advances to meet fourth-seeded Bishop Canevin (19-4) on Friday in the quarterfinals at a time and site to be determined. The Lady Crusaders advanced with a 40-34 decision over Mohawk.

"They're good," Grybowski said of Bishop Canevin. "We've played them four of the last six years. We'll have to go home and do some work; we'll see what we can do."

The win assures the Lady Lancers at least two more games regardless of the outcome. A win advances Neshannock into the semifinals on a Tuesday and a loss sends the squad into the PIAA play-in bracket on Monday.

The Lady Lancers, who never trailed, didn't allow the Lady Cougars (16-8) the opportunity to get in a rhythm in the first half. Neshannock built a 15-2 lead after one quarter, led by Stephanie Paras with five markers.

Charleroi didn't collect its first field goal until Kaitlyn Riley tossed in a field goal inside to cut it to 20-4 with 5:03 to go in the opening half.

"I thought we played exceptionally well at times defensively and at other times I thought we had some breakdowns," Grybowski said.

Carmie Matarazzo, a sophomore, netted a team-high seven points in the first half to guide the Lady Lancers to a 26-11 halftime advantage.

"We're young but we don't think about that," Matarazzo said. "We just play as hard and aggressive as we can every time.

"We work hard on our defense in practice, then the offense comes."

Matarazzo continued her effective play in the second half, finishing with 19 markers, 14 rebounds and three assists. She was 9 of 16 from the field.

"That's the game that I expect from Carmie Matarazzo every night, game in and game out, every practice," Grybowski said. "She made some really nice passes. She played a very nice game tonight."

Matarazzo netted 10 of her tallies in the final frame.

"I just got rebounds and my teammates found me. I was able to finish inside," said Matarazzo of her overall play.

Both teams were in foul trouble at the break. Charleroi's Adrianna Gottheld and Kaitlyn Riley both had three fouls, while the Lady Lancers' Hannah Haswell had three as well. Riley was the lone player in the tilt to foul out, doing so with 4:54 left in the fourth.

"I wanted to mix it up originally defensively. But we had so many fouls in the first half that I just went to straight man in the second half," Grybowski said. "(Freshman reserve) Caitlyn Benson was home sick. When Bella (Burrelli)had two, Hannah had three and then Carmie picked up her third, I had to go with four guards which is not our normal lineup. So we have to run some different things in that situation. It did hurt us a little bit."

But not much as Neshannock kept the heat on in the third stanza, pushing the buffer to 36-12 going to the fourth.

Charleroi didn't make its first field goal of the second half until Gottheld tossed in a trifecta with 6:23 to go in the contest to make it 40-17. It was the Lady Cougars' first field goal since 2:08 remained in the opening half.

The Lady Lancers were 24 of 60 from the field and they turned the ball over 11 times.

Paras, Regan Moorhouse and Ally Zarilla followed Matarazzo's effort with eight markers apiece. Burrelli chipped in with seven markers and seven boards. Moorhouse collected seven caroms and four steals, while Aidan Noga notched three assists.

Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Neshannock 15 11 10 22 0 58
Charleroi 2 9 1 11 0 23
Box Scores
Maria Claybaugh 3 2-2 8
Aislyn Lee 0 4-4 4
Adrianna Gottheld 2 1-3 6
Kaitlyn Riley 1 3-4 5
Kyra Watkins 0 0-1 0
Kaitlyn McCann 0 0-0 0
Larissa Usher 0 0-0 0
Mackenzie Skobel 0 0-0 0
Totals: 6 10-14 23

Stephanie Paras 2 3-4 8
Aidan Noga 0 0-0 0
Regan Moorhouse 4 0-4 8
Ally George 1 0-0 2
Bella Burrelli 3 -2 7
Ally Zarilla 3 1-3 8
Brie Dean 0 0-0 0
Hannah Haswell 2 0-0 4
Carmie Matarazzo 9 0-0 19
Catherine Kwiat 0 0-0 0
Nicole Barnes 1 0-0 2
Tori Gouza 0 0-0 0
Totals: 25 5-13 58.

CHARLEROI 2 9 1 11 — 23
NESHANNOCK 15 11 10 22 — 58

3-point goals — Charleroi 1 (Gottheld 1), Neshannock 3 (Matarazzo 1, Paras 1, Zarilla 1).
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