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Latrobe girls make early playoff exit

| Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 9:39 p.m.
Baldwin's Taylor Letender battles Greater Latrobe's Anna Ayers #40 and Madison Kollar #30 for an offensive rebound during their WPIAL Quad A preliminary round playoff game at Penn Trafford High School in Harrison City on February 15, 2013. Baldwin defeated Greater Latrobe 54-39. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review

Latrobe's girls basketball season is over, but it was fun while it lasted — even if winning games was a challenge all year for the Wildcats.

“We were back in the playoffs,” coach Greg Fenton said after a 54-39 loss to Baldwin in a WPIAL Class AAAA preliminary-round game Friday night at Penn-Trafford, extending the Wildcats' losing streak to six. “It's been awhile. I'm very proud of the girls we have here. They saw what it was all about.”

Nikki Corcoran scored 15 points to lead Baldwin (11-11), which advanced to a first-round game Tuesday against second-seeded North Allegheny.

Mandi Johnston and Amanda Larkin added 12 points each for the Highlanders.

“Baldwin is a good basketball team,” Fenton said. “They were certainly a better team than us tonight.”

Latrobe's starting lineup consisted entirely of underclass players. Freshman Rachael Kollar led the Wildcats (9-14) with 10 points.

“Two juniors, three sophomores and one freshman,” Fenton said. “We have our entire starting lineup back.”

Latrobe, which was playing in its first postseason game in five years, struggled from the start, falling behind after the first quarter, 19-10.

Baldwin, which competes in Section 4 alongside such teams as top-seeded Mt. Lebanon and third-seeded Bethel Park, built leads of 25-14 at halftime and 42-27 after the third quarter and coasted to the victory.

It was the Highlanders' second victory in a row after upsetting Bethel Park in their final regular-season game.

“We've had some moments this season. This team is playing well now, although we started slowly tonight,” Baldwin coach Gavin Prosser said. “We missed our first five shots, but once the girls saw one go through the nets, we got rid of our jitters.”

Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at dmackall@tribweb.com.

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