Basketball season ends with loss to Mt. Lebanon
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Yet another successful season for Penn-Trafford girls basketball came to a close last week.
The Warriors were eliminated in the second round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs by perennial power Mt. Lebanon, 59-36, at Baldwin on March 12.
Taylor Cortazzo had 13 points to lead Penn-Trafford (20-6) in her final game, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Blue Devils (24-4).
A slow start crushed the Warriors' chances, as Mt. Lebanon pushed out to a 20-1 lead in the second quarter. A 3-pointer by Cortazzo was P-T's first field goal after more than nine minutes, and though the Warriors played evenly with the Blue Devils from that point, they were unable to rally.
“We gave up 13 points in the first quarter, which is decent,” Penn-Trafford coach John Giannikas said.
“We just couldn't score. They challenged every shot, and we tried to fight our way back, but we came up short.”
Even with the loss, this year's P-T team can look back on a 20-win season and wins in the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs as top achievements. And though the team didn't win a third straight section title as it hoped to, its coach had plenty of positives to reflect upon.
“You always wish you could have done more, but when you take a look back, they've had a great year,” Giannikas said. “They made it farther in the playoffs than they did last year, and these seniors only lost three section games in three years. Sure, we wish we were better at some things, but there's still a lot to be proud of.”
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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