Shaler girls basketball gaining momentum
TribLIVE Sports Videos
When the Seneca Valley and Shaler girls basketball squads met for the second time, the teams were fourth and fifth in the standings with Seneca Valley holding a slight edge.
The Lady Raiders defeated Shaler on the road earlier in the season, 47-36, but the second time around, the Lady Raiders simply could not get the offense going, as Shaler's defense came to play in a 42-19 Lady Titans win.
Neither team could find the basket early, but a scoreless tie was broken by Shaler's Courtney Bauer, who knocked down a pair of 3-point baskets late in the first quarter to help Shaler build an 8-2 lead.
“We made them play our game,” Bauer said. “They came out in a press, and we broke it by doing what we do best. Now we are tied for fourth in the section and have a winning streak going.”
Bauer led all scorers with 11 points, but Shaler had many contributors. Liz Kline added eight points, Andi Lydon and Carly Harris each scored seven and Paige Quinn chipped in five.
Shaler got a little bit from everyone all game long, but Seneca Valley struggled all evening. Seneca managed two points in the first quarter, three in the third and two in the fourth.
Seneca Valley coach Rob Lombardo was frustrated by what he called a lack of effort.
“You can't teach urgency or toughness,” he said. “We are in the playoff hunt, but you have to go out and do little things. You can't score two, three and two points in a quarter and win a sixth grade basketball game, let alone a varsity game.
“If the shots fall, the girls seem to piggyback off that, but when they don't fall, everyone starts missing. They are all or nothing, and tonight they saw what nothing will get you.”
Lombardo is hopeful the devastation of this loss will act as motivation for the near future. It appears North Allegheny has a stranglehold on the section lead with Oakland Catholic right behind them. There is a log jam between third and seventh with only two game separating third place and last. Shaler and Seneca are right in the middle of that.
Shaler coach Neal Martin said he has been stressing to his players that now is when they want to be playing their best, and the team responded by winning five of the past six games.
“We got out of the gates slow, which is not what we wanted,” Martin said. “We have definitely turned the corner in a lot of areas and made defense a focus.”
During the past three games, Shaler has held the opposition to 33 (Woodland Hills) 29 (North Hills) and 19 against the Lady Raiders.
As of press time, Shaler and Seneca Valley were 3-5 in the section, and after splitting their season series, the final four section games will be critical.
Shaler has to face all three teams that are directly above them in the standings, and Seneca Valley has games against some of the teams below them in the standings.
Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Highmark CEO keeps eyes ahead
- Steelers sign former star LB Harrison; Tomlin talks ‘different climate’
- Attorney general rejects Tribune-Review request for ‘racy’ emails
- Port Authority: Drivers ‘reckless’ before buses bumped, wrecking 1
- State Sen. Jim Ferlo: ‘I’m gay. Get over it. I love it’
- Steelers’ Taylor recovering from forearm surgery
- Bill allowing schools to administer epinephrine advances in state senate
- With informant missing, drug case should be dropped, Carrick man’s lawyer says
- Steelers defense must replace 3 injured starters after victory
- Photos: Fern Hollow holds music festival
- Baldwin-Whitehall substitute teacher charged in child porn case