Lady ’Canes lost first game
Oakland Catholic (58) Vs. New Castle (51)
Jan 18, 2010
The streak is over for the New Castle High girls basketball team.
Oakland Catholic outscored the Lady ’Canes 14-6 in the second quarter en route to a 58-51 verdict in the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout at Geneva College on Saturday. The loss snapped New Castle’s 19-game regular season win streak dating back to last season.
The Lady ’Canes, ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in Class AAA by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, led 21-16 in the second quarter before the Lady Eagles rallied for a 30-23 halftime decision.
“I thought we missed some good shots in the second quarter,” said first-year coach Jason Rankin. “We had some missed assignments and we gave them some easy baskets; they played hard and outhustled us.
“A lot of the girls were very upset with the loss. I don’t think we got deep enough into the season to be thinking of an undefeated season.”
LaShauna Brothers paced New Castle (11-1) with 18 points and nine rebounds, while JaNia McPhatter added 11 markers and six boards.
Bobbi Baker led Oakland Catholic (7-4) with 18 points and Ally Schmidt tossed in 16.
The Lady ’Canes were 18 of 55 from the floor, compared to 19 of 41 for the Lady Eagles.
New Castle will attempt to shake off the loss when it returns to action at 7:30 p.m. today at Hopewell. The Lady Vikings (2-0 section, 12-0 overall) are ranked No. 2 in the WPIAL in Class AAA and No. 3 in the state poll as well. The Lady ’Canes (3-0 section) are No. 8 in the state.
“Hopewell is a very good team, maybe the best in the WPIAL,” Rankin said. “They have very few weaknesses.
“Rankings don’t mean a whole lot. I feel confident we can go in there and play well, but it won’t be easy.”