GCC girls have championship aspirations under 1st-year coach
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team has lofty goals under first-year coach Chris Kallock.
After losing in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs last year, players said they won't be happy unless they reach the championship game.
“We want to make it to the Palumbo Center,” senior Devon Larkin said.
As usual, the Palumbo Center at Duquesne University will be the site of the WPIAL finals.
Greensburg Central Catholic lost its top scorer after Karly Mellinger transferred to Greensburg Salem in the offseason. But the rest of last year's lineup is mostly intact.
Sophomore Carolyn Appleby will be the point guard for the second consecutive year.
Kallock considers her one of his best players.
“She's very quick and very competitive,” he said.
Senior Heather Bosco and sophomore Nikki Adisey will fill the other guard position.
Larkin will start at forward.
Kallock likes his team's depth.
“We have nine or 10 other kids we can go with,” he said. “There are 13 girls on the varsity, and nine on the (junior varsity). Practices are competitive.”
“We have a deep bench,” Larkin agreed.
Greensburg Central Catholic will switch to man-to-man defense after playing mostly zone last season.
Bosco looks forward to the change.
“It's going to be a blast,” she said. “Things will be fast paced and aggressive.”
“Man-to-man is difficult to play against,” Kallock said. “It forces your opponent to think about one defender instead of taking advantage of another.”
Kallock, 44, took over for Don Favero, who resigned after last season. Before taking a break from coaching last season, Kallock was at Kiski Area, where he had an 85-56 record and led the team to the playoffs four times in six years.
“I really missed (coaching),” Kallock said. “It's good to be back, especially with this team.
“It's going to be fun.”
So far, the players are adjusting well.
“Coach Kallock is a good coach and a nice person,” Larkin said. “We like having him.”
Greensburg Central Catholic was second to Jeannette in Section 3-AA last year with a 10-2 record.
GCC has qualified for the WPIAL playoffs every year since 2001 and has been WPIAL champions five times. They won Class AA titles in 1997, 2003, '06 and '07.
In 1991, they were Class AAA champions.
They were Class AA runners-up in 2002 and '05.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.
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.