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Crusaders big second quarter paves the way to victory over Edison

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central rode a 30-point second quarter point explosion to a 67-42 victory over Edison Saturday inside the Mickey Barber Gymnasium.

The Crusaders, who rebounded from a season-opening loss at Beallsville, were up 15-11 after the opening stanza before erupting in the second, outscoring their guests 30-11 and grabbing a 45-22 advantage at the intermission.

Katie Zatta led the Central run with 10 points. Theresa Kerker knocked down a pair of 3-pointers while Ellen Rohde scored six from the paint.

“The second quarter may have been the best I’ve seen out of a Central girls basketball team in my eight seasons here,” said Crusader coach Jess Looman. “We were strong on both ends of the floor, got some steals and were able to score in transition. If we continue to play strong and together as a team, we should be OK going forward.

“This was a great team win in a great environment against a well-coached and talented Edison squad. We told the girls that if we were going to be successful, they had to be focused, mentally strong and play together. Overall, they exceeded our expectations today.”

The Crusaders were red-hot in the second, shooting a blistering 86 percent from the floor.

Central kept things going in the third and took a 59-32 lead into the game’s final eight minutes.

“Things spiraled out of control in the second quarter,” said Edison coach Mark Smyth. “Central got out in transition, created easy looks for themselves, got good shots and knocked down their shots. We tried to match their speed and get out in transition ourselves but they turned into turnovers.

“A lot of credit goes to Central. They did a lot of things right in that second quarter and we couldn’t match them.”

Three Central players finished in double figures. Zatta collected a game-high 26 points, she had a pair of 3s and made all eight of her free throw attempts. Kerker, who finished with four connections from behind the arc, added 14 and Rohde scored 11. Clara Symington and Jackie O’Karma had eight apiece.

“Overall, our shooting was pretty good today,” Looman said. “It was good to see Theresa and Jackie step up and make some shots. We really need all of our starters to become offensive threats. The balanced scoring we had today is exactly what we need.

“Katie continues to impress. She did a great job of getting to the hoop against Edison’s aggressive defense. She was able to draw some fouls and knocked down those shots.”

Central outrebounded the Wildcats 43-31. Rhode hauled down 16 to complete a double-double. Symington snared 10 and Anna Arai six. Alysea Fiedorczyk grabbed seven for Edison and Olivia Huff six. Rohde also was charted with six assists and six steals while O’Karma dished out eight assists.

“I was very impressed with the play of our posts — Ellen, Clara and Anna,” Looman said. “They really battled and limited Edison’s inside scoring.

“Edison always is a physical and aggressive team. To come away with a big win is a tribute to our girls and the ‘want to win’ attitude they showed today.”

Fiedorczyk had a big game for Edison, now 1-1, with 21 points. She swished five 3-pointers.

Huff added seven and Pressly Meadows six. Savanna Ankrom recorded nine assists.

“We don’t have any excuses,” Smyth said. “We had some good shots today and we didn’t make them. If you want to beat a good team like Central, you have to make the shots that you get.”

Up next:

Both teams return to the hardwood Monday.

The Crusaders will entertain Caldwell (the two-quarter junior varsity game is set for a 6 p.m. start) while the Wildcats visit Jefferson County foe Indian Creek.

“We have to rebound,” Smyth said. “I look for us to have a much better team than we did last year. We have a ton of experience with three girls that are three-year starters and two girls that are four-year starters. We have to bounce back.

“You’ll have games like this when you don’t play well and the other team played excellent and did a lot of things right. We have to rebound on Monday and try to beat another quality team.”

JV action:

Central collected a 27-21 win in the junior varsity contest.

Emily Walker paced the Crusaders with eight points. Talia Marcino added five.

Edison’s Kylee Stull took game-scoring honors with 10.

Catholic Central 67, Edison 42

Edison 11-11-10-10 — 42

Central 15-30-14-8 — 67

EDISON (1-1): Johnson 0 0-0 0; Fiedorczyk 8 0-0 21; Ankrom 1 0-1 2; A Meadows 1 0-0 2; P. Meadows 3 0-2 6; Fox 1 2-2 4; Huff 2 3-4 7. TOTALS: 16 5-9 42.

CENTRAL (1-1): Zatta 8 8-8 26; Symington 3 2-4 8; Rohde 4 3-4 11; Gibas 0 0-0 0; Kerker 5 0-0 14; Walker 0 0-0 0; O’Karma 4 0-1 8; T. Marcino 0 0-0 0; Arai 0 0-2 0; Maragos 0 0-0 0; A. Marcino 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 24 13-19 67.

3-POINT GOALS: Edison 5 (all by Fiedorczyk); Central 6 (Kerker 4; Zatta 2); REBOUNDS: Edison 31 (Fiedorczyk 7; Huff 6); Central 43 (Rohde 16; Symington 10); ASSISTS: Edison 11 (Ankrom 9); Central 18 (O’Karma 8, Rohde 6); TURNOVERS: Edison 20; Central 16.

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