New Castle girls stay unbeaten
New Castle (69) Vs. Ambridge (53)
Jan 11, 2010
The New Castle High girls basketball team continues to roll.
The Lady ’Canes used a quick 12-0 run in the second quarter to erase a four-point deficit and post a 69-53 WPIAL Section 2-AAA verdict over Ambridge on Saturday.
New Castle (1-0 section, 9-0 overall) is ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in Class AAA by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Lady Bridgers (0-1, 5-2) topped the Lady ’Canes in last year’s section lidlifter.
New Castle trailed 21-17 midway through the second quarter before starting the pivotal run that spanned just 35 seconds. The Lady ’Canes forced four Lady Bridgers turnovers during the spurt, turning them into layups.
“That was a crucial run for us,” said first-year New Castle coach Jason Rankin. “I told the kids going in that we were behind the eight ball all year when we lost down there last year.
“Ambridge is better this year. This is really a quality win.”
LaShauna Brothers led all scorers with 23 points, while snaring 10 rebounds. Brothers was 8 of 17 from the field.
“When you have someone like LaShauna that can handle the ball and shoot it like she can, it’s like having a third guard on the floor,” Rankin said.
Kaylynn Waters contributed 17 points and nine rebounds for the Lady ’Canes, while JaNia McPhatter followed with 14 markers and eight boards. Zynieckia Bester tossed in 10 points to go along with eight rebounds and five steals.
Sam Santiago paced Ambridge with 20 points.
New Castle outrebounded Ambridge, 43-29. The Lady ’Canes were 24 of 65 from the floor, while the Lady Bridgers were 22 of 63.
New Castle returns to action at 7:30 p.m. today when it hosts Center in a section matchup at the Ne-Ca-Hi Field House. The Lady ’Canes will honor former standout Lorri Johnson in a pregame ceremony.
Johnson, who played just three years because she tore her ACL and missed a season, ranks second all-time in the county in scoring with 2,110 points. Ellwood City Lincoln’s Anne Malkowiak is the county’s all-time girls scoring leader at 2,370 markers.