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Seton-La Salle lays trap for Greensburg CC

| Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 10:48 p.m.
Greensburg Central Catholic's Carolyn Appleby takes a pass from Leah Bisignani and drives by Seton-La Salle's Katherine Hart during their WPIAL AA playoff contest on February 22, 2013 at Bethel Park High School. Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review

Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball coach Chris Kallock knew his team needed to take care of the basketball if it wanted to win its WPIAL quarterfinal matchup against Seton-La Salle.

An ugly third quarter put that out of the question.

The top-seeded Rebels (23-1) took advantage of several GCC miscues in the third quarter en route to a 66-43 victory Friday at Bethel Park.

“For us to stay in the game deep into the fourth quarter, we couldn't turn it over as many times as we did,” Kallock said. “They're too good to give them easy ones, and we can't go empty possessions without getting shots.”

The Centurions (17-7) trailed the Rebels, 15-4, after the first quarter and by as many as 18 points in the first half, but a 10-0 run helped them cut their deficit to 10 points at halftime.

During the break, however, Seton-La Salle decided to switch to a 1-3-1 trapping zone defense to put the game away.

“I just talked to them about kind of having a killer instinct,” Seton-La Salle coach John Ashaolu said. “I think we're lacking that right now.”

The trap paid big dividends in the third quarter, as Seton-La Salle forced seven GCC turnovers in a 14-0 run that widened the lead to 48-25.

Greensburg Central Catholic never cut it closer than 20 points the rest of the way.

“We waited for the trap, (and) we expected them to trap,” Kallock said. “We handled the trap at times, but that stretch in the third quarter, we did not. They had some steals, we floated some lazy passes, we didn't come to the ball real hard — and that was the difference.”

Natalie Piaggesi scored 18 points to lead Seton-La Salle, which played without starting point guard Cassidy Walsh (stress fracture). Angela Heintz added 15 points — 12 in the first half — for the Rebels.

GCC's leading scorer, Naje Gibson didn't score until 90 seconds remained in the third quarter and finished with six points.

Sophomore Carolyn Appleby led GCC with 12 points.

Seton-La Salle will move on to play Jeannette in the WPIAL semifinals Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

GCC, meanwhile, will advance to the PIAA playoffs if Seton-La Salle advances to the WPIAL finals.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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