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Irish hold off Crusaders

December 6, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

BELLAIRE - Following a win over city rival Bellaire last weekend, St. John Central veteran girls' basketball coach Bubba Kapral was worried heading into Wednesday night's contest with visiting Steubenville Central.

He was right on the money as his team came out flat, but eventually earned a 34-29 victory over the visiting Crusaders (2-2).

The Irish misfired on seven of their first eight shots from the floor, but played well enough on the defensive end to be able to reel off six straight points to end the first period with a 7-6 edge.

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PRESSURE — Steubenville Catholic Central’s Miranda Parkinson dribbles the ball against the defensive pressure of St. John Central’s Kaydie Coppa during Wednesday’s game in Bellaire. The Irish held off the Crusaders, 34-29.
-- Paul Krajnyak

Steubenville Central used a basket by Michaela Torrance to gain the upperhand, 14-13, with just under a minute left in the first half, but Kristen Russell knocked down one of two free throws at the 34.7 second mark for a 14-all deadlock at the half.

Trailing 16-14 early in the third panel, St. John Central made its move, and did so without freshman point guard Marissa Rose who was saddled with three fouls.

Russell, an all-district performer last season as a junior, netted six of her game-high 11 points to ignite an 8-0 spurt that gave the hosts a 22-16 lead it would not relinquish.

Union Local transfer Caitlin Sliva also connected for two points in the spree.

After the Crusaders cut the deficit to 22-21 late in the period, St. John Central's Morgan DeLuca made it 24-21 after 24 minutes.

The Irish tallied eight of the first 12 points in the final chapter to build a 7-point, 32-25, margin.

Miranda Parkinson's bonus bomb made it a 32-28 game, but St. John Central held on despite numerous turnovers down the stretch.

Rose, a promising frosh, backed Russell with eight points. She also charted a trio of steals and four rebounds. Russell finished with six boards and four steals. DeLuca had six points and seven caroms, while freshman Lindsey Froehlich had five points and a like number of rebounds.

Steubenville Central held a slim, 33-31, margin off the glass as Rachel Riguad grabbed eight.

The Crusaders turned the ball over 19 times, four more than the Irish, but 11 of St. John Central's miscues came after the half.

St. John Central 34, Steubenville Central 29

Steubenville Central 6 8 7 7 - 29

St. John Central 7 7 10 10 - 34

STEUBENVILLE CENTRAL: Knight 4 0-0 8; Irvin 2 0-0 4; Riguad 1 0-0 2; Parkinson 2 1-2 7; Mirabella 3 0-0 6; Re. Dziewatkoski 0 0-0 0; Torrance 1 0-0 2; Hartzell 0 0-0 0; Ondos 0 0-0 0; Virture 0 0-0 0; McComb 0 0-0 0; Totals: 13-46 1-2 29. 3-pointers: Parkinson 2.

ST. JOHN CENTRAL: Russell 4 3-4 11; Coppa 0 0-0 0; Deluca 3 0-0 6; Froehlich 2 1-2 5; Rose 4 0-0 8; Sliva 1 0-0 2; Alvey 1 0-0 2; Totals: 15-43 4-6 34.

Big Red tops

Panthers

STEUBENVILLE - Junior Emiley Masloski scored a game-high 18 points and was backed by nine from Mytia Barker and eight from Dana Poole as the Steubenville Big Red girls basketball team raised its record to 4-0 with a 49-30 victory over Buckeye Local Wednesday in the Crimson Center.

Kayla Fillipovich led the winless Panthers with 11 points.

Big Red visits Weir High Monday, while Buckeye Local heads to Martins Ferry tonight and hosts Indian Creek Monday.

Steubenville 49, Buckeye Local 30

Buckeye Local 5 5 8 12 - 30

Steubenville 13 13 10 13 - 49

BUCKEYE LOCAL (0-3): Zeroski 0 4-5 4, Swiger 1 2-5 4, Fedorko 0 0-2 0, Smith 1 0-0 2, Leonard 1 0-0 2, Fillipovich 4 3-8 11, Valuska 2 1-2 5, Czuchran 0 0-2 2, Balk 1 0-2 2. TOTALS: 10 10-26 30.

STEUBENVILLE (4-0): E. Masloski 6 6-9 18, H. Masloski 1 0-0 2, Young 3 0-0 8, Poole 3 2-3 8, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Barker 3 3-5 9, Bodo 0 0-1 0, Taylor 1 1-2 4. TOTALS: 17 12-20 49. 3-pointers: Young 2, Taylor.

 
 

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