Quaker Valley girls recover well at Ambridge Tournament
By Karen Kadilak
Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013
Coming off its best performance of the season, the Quaker Valley girls basketball team expects to be more confident when it resumes section play today at South Fayette.
Quaker Valley coach Jim Dudas said his team played flawlessly in beating Quigley, 65-47, in the second round of the round-robin Ambridge Tournament last week.
“I was proud of the girls,” Dudas said. “They stayed with the game plan.
“They adjusted well after halftime, when we were up by only a couple points. They were patient on offense and did a nice job of identifying opportunities.”
Senior Sierra Perlik led the Quakers with 28 points, including six 3-pointers.
Senior Rachel Smith had 27 points and 12 rebounds.
Junior Heather Peduzzi contributed five assists.
Dudas thinks a pep talk Peduzzi gave before the game inspired the Quakers, who entered the new year 5-3 overall and 2-1 in Section 5-AAA.
“Heather had a nice conversation with the girls about mental approach,” Dudas said. “After listening to her, they felt good walking out on the court.”
Perlik said she and her teammates were determined to win after losing to Ambridge in the first round.
“We knew we could play a lot better,” she said.
Dudas agreed with Perlik's assessment.
“We held their top player to two points in three quarters but couldn't get into the flow offensively,” he said. “We weren't hitting all cylinders.”
Ambridge allowed Perlik only nine points, well below the 20 she averaged entering the game.
Smith was limited to six points and eight rebounds.
“I played horribly,” Smith said. “My head was going faster than my body; I wasn't in sync. It wasn't my shining moment. (Quaker Valley assistant coach) Aimee Young and my mom and dad kept telling me not to dwell on it, to just move on.
“The day we played Quigley, I did nothing but think about the game. I was more focused.”
Sophomore Karen Pugh was a bright spot against Ambridge, scoring a team-high 12 points. She was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line and had five rebounds.
Also competing in the Ambridge Tournament, Sewickley Academy (4-4 overall, 1-2 in Section 1-A) lost to West Allegheny, 41-14, in the second round. The Panthers' first game was called off because of inclement weather.
“We did not play well, but are not going to let (it) affect what we have accomplished up to this point of the season,” coach Allen Vaccarelli said.
The Panthers lost both section games by a combined five points.
Sewickley Academy uses an eight-player rotation led by juniors Katelyn Ripple, Mackenzie Pryor and Amanda McLeod.
The Panthers resume section play Thursday at Freedom.
“We (used) the tournament in (place) of practice over the holiday season,” Vaccarelli said.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.
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