Kiski Area earns first win of season
TribLIVE Sports Videos
First-year Connellsville girls basketball coach Shawna Little wants to see her team play a complete game.
The Falcons got closer to that goal against Kiski Area on Thursday, but a lackluster second quarter proved to be the difference in a 42-36 Section 1-AAAA loss.
“We didn't quit, and that was the most minutes we've played hard in an entire game,” Little said. “I told them that if we played a complete game, we would win, and we almost did. I think it's just a matter of finding some consistency.”
After a winless season in 2011-12, the Falcons already have made what many would consider some positive strides with four wins so far this season. But Connellsville couldn't pick up its first section victory as Kiski Area's Maddy Antone scored a game-high 21 points to help the Cavaliers snap a seven-game losing streak to start the season.
Antone scored nine points in the first half to help Kiski Area build a 22-14 lead. She also was a huge factor in holding off a Connellsville rally with 12 points in the second half.
“That's what Maddy is here for,” Kiski Area coach Nick Ionadi said. “She is almost unselfish to a fault, and I told her she has to be almost superhuman for us to win and she did a nice job in the third and fourth quarters to bail us out.”
The game was close early, but the Cavaliers (1-7, 1-2) outscored the Falcons, 12-6, in the second quarter. From there, Connellsville was in catch-up mode. The Falcons (4-6, 0-4) pulled to within 22-20 early in the third but could never complete the rally as Antone hit two critical baskets in the third quarter, including a late 3-pointer that pushed the Cavaliers' lead to 30-21 heading into the fourth.
Connellsville continued to battle. Alyssa Orndorff and Ashton Grimm each hit two buckets in the final quarter. Maria Merendino led the Falcons with 15 points before fouling out.
The Falcons pulled within four points in the final minute, but fittingly, Antone iced it with two free throws in the closing seconds. Liz Recchia was Kiski Area's next highest scorer with six points.
“We're starting to figure each other out, and we're coming around,” Ionadi said. “It's nice to get that first win off our chest, and we'll just keep on digging.”
Little, though disappointed with the loss, was pleased with the way her team kept clawing, especially in the second half.
“We needed to come out (in the second half) on fire and come out with a purpose and that's what we did,” Little said. “A couple layups and a couple shots killed us.”
Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Daily News Fabulous 15: Senior standouts highlight all-star team
- Grodz resigns as Charleroi Area coach
- Montgomery’s 3s help team to Cager Classic win
- Cager Classic notebook: Highlands, Mars players bury hatchet for the weekend
- Spartans looking for a rebound season in 2015-16
- Riverview girls lose PIAA playoff opener
- Allderdice uses late run to overtake Mt. Lebanon