Seton-La Salle lays trap for Greensburg CC
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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.
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.
- McConnell’s 34 points fuel Chartiers Valley’s victory in Class AAAA title game
- Karns City girls win 2nd straight District 9 Class AA basketball title
- Blairsville boys claim District 6 title
- Playoff experience could pay dividends for Butler basketball team
- Redbank Valley boys claim 1st District 9 title since 1980
- Blackhawk girls top South Fayette to repeat as WPIAL Class AAA champs
- Allderdice boys advance to PIAA tournament
- Gorman: McGinnis’ move has perfect ending
- Undefeated Aliquippa downs Seton-La Salle for WPIAL Class AA title
- Indiana boys beat Beaver Falls for 1st WPIAL basketball title
- Monessen downs Jeannette to win WPIAL Class A championship