Frosh leads Lady ’Canes
New Castle (74) Vs. Avonworth (48)
Jan 03, 2009
Kaylynn Waters had a breakout game for the New Castle High girls basketball team Saturday.
Waters, a freshman, registered game-high totals of 21 points and six steals, while contributing seven assists in a 74-48 victory over Avonworth in a nonsection win at the Ne-Ca-Hi Field House.
She was 6 of 12 from the field and the 21 points are a career-high.
“Kaylynn played a very good all-around game,” Lady ’Canes coach Luann Grybowski said. “She’s learning with each game and she’s getting better.
“I thought she passed the ball very well and played very good defensively. This was by far her best game all-around for us.”
The game was one of five contests held to benefit Harry’s Army Foundation for New Castle public address announcer Harry Dattilo, who is battling myelodysplastic syndrome. The disease is a form of leukemia with which he was diagnosed in the fall of 2005.
“I thought it was an excellent thing to do,” Grybowski said. “Harry has been around New Castle athletics for a long time. He always volunteers to do things for anybody.
“It’s great to be able to give back to him.”
Jazelle Dennis contributed 14 points, a team-high nine assists and five steals for the Lady ’Canes, while LaShauna Brothers chipped in with 14 markers.
Shelby Rodgers was next with 13 points, six rebounds and five steals.
New Castle (8-1), which is ranked third in Class AAA in the WPIAL according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, handed the Lady Antelopes (7-1) their first setback. Avonworth is ranked third in Class AA.
The Lady ’Canes built a 21-14 advantage after the first quarter and held a 36-29 buffer at the break. New Castle put the game away by outscoring Avonworth 19-7 in the third period.
“That was a good win for us,” Grybowski said. “I thought we played very well in the third quarter.”
New Castle was 25 of 50 from the field, compared to 15 of 40 for the Lady Antelopes. Avonworth committed 33 turnovers to just 15 for the Lady ’Canes.
Tara Gallupe, who averaged 15 points and 12.5 rebounds a game last year for Avonworth, led the team with 15 markers.