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Jeannette girls coach becomes father, leads squad to win in the same day

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Monica Carl takes aim for a foul shot.
Monique Redman shoots a lay-up.
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Olivia Sirnic shoots for two points in a win over South Allegheny.

Jeannette girls basketball may have only played one game last week, but it is safe to assume that head coach Adam Knaresborough had the busiest week he will have all season.

On the morning of Jeannette's first section game against South Allegheny, Knaresborough's wife gave birth to a son, Neil — a great way to start a great day. With wife and baby both healthy and happy, Knaresborough was able to coach the Lady Jayhawks to a 60-37 win over visiting Section 3-AA foe South Allegheny.

“My wife is great. She understands my commitment level and let me get away for a couple of hours,” said Knaresborough. “The team was very excited for me and I think they played extra hard to help us get the win.”

Junior forward Monica Carl led a balanced Jeannette attack with 10 points and 12 rebounds. The double-double was just one part of a solid section opener for the Lady Jayhawks.

“We played very well,” said Knaresborough. “It was an absolutely great start to section play.”

Jeannette's sharpness may be partially attributed to their almost week-long layoff between games. The extra practice time allowed Knaresborough to dig into the intricacies of Jeannette's offensive and defensive sets.

“The extra time in practice allowed us to be more detailed,” said Knaresborough. “The girls understand the plan and the philosophy of what we do and the extra time made it better.”

Knaresborough's busy weeks continue with three section games this week including tonight's home game with Springdale. The Lady Jayhawks will have a much better idea at week's end about how they fit into the hierarchy of Section 3-AA, and based on the work ethic of his players, Knaresborough expects continued improvement.

“The team works really hard,” said Knaresborough. I think it reflects the work ethic of the people in Jeannette.”

As for Neil Knaresborough, “He's 1-0 and that's pretty cool,” said a proud new daddy.

WPIAL Class-AA,

Section 3

GCC (1-0) (3-1)

Riverview (1-0) (2-2)

Jeannette (1-0) (1-2)

East Allegheny (0-1) (0-4)

Shady Side (0-1) (0-4)

South Allegheny (0-1) (0-4)

Springdale (0-0) (2-2)

Dave Moio is a freelance writer.

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