Lady Jays end season in frustrating loss
By Dave Moio
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Playing in what amounted to a road game last Friday to open the PIAA Class-AA playoffs, the Jeannette Jayhawks girls basketball team could not afford one thing.
A slow start.
But that's exactly what happened at Edinboro University.
General McLane (Edinboro) capitalized on Jeannette's poor shooting and seeming inability to shake off some spotty officiating early to take out the Jayhawks, 51-34.
The Jayhawks hit just four of their first 16 shots and picked up six team fouls in just under seven minutes of play to fall behind 20-8 after one quarter.
The shooting woes frustrated Jeannette who could not seem to shoot their way out of the funk, but the perception of the officiating seemed to creep deeper into the Jayhawks' collective mindset.
Jeannette head coach LuAnn Mills expressed concern in the days leading up to the game that the District 10 officiating crew may have a different take on some of the more physical play that tends to characterize District 7 (WPIAL) play.
Mills commented after the game that her team was not able to shake off the early foul trouble and it had an effect on how they played the rest of the way.
General McLane head coach Sarah Jay did not have a problem with the officiating, but did notice the more physical play noting after the game that Jeannette may have been taking liberties when defending her players and the officiating simply matched the physical nature of the play.
Jeannette fought back and found some scoring in the second quarter, but was stymied by a very good General McLane defensive effort in the second half.
The loss marked the official end of the Ciara Gregory Era at Jeannette.
Gregory, who finished the playoff loss with a game-high 19, capped off her record-setting career with 2,130 points, more than any other player in Jeannette girls basketball history. Gregory will play her college ball at Charlotte.
Dave Moio is a freelance writer.
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.
- New Valley boys basketball coach Faulx seeking right mix
- Mid-Mon Valley basketball teams ready to tip off
- Blairsville girls, boys expected to lead pack in Heritage Conference
- Valley girls basketball sees boom in roster numbers
- City League basketball preview: Westinghouse teams out to defend titles
- Alle-Kiski Valley basketball teams look for place among WPIAL’s best
- Class AAA boys basketball preview: 6-11 transfer George Prota vaults Elizabeth Forward into contender status
- South Allegheny believes playoffs within its grasp
- Section 1-AAAA favorite Hempfield girls set sights on WPIAL title
- Greensburg Salem girls to have different look than last year’s team
- Trio of junior captains return to lead Greensburg Central Catholic girls