GCC girls basketball team jumps all over Jeannette
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team has run away with victories on multiple occasions this season. Its players felt Monday's rout of rival Jeannette was their finest performance yet.
With junior captains Carolyn Appleby, Nikki Adisey and Leah Bisignani leading the way, the Centurions took it to the visiting Jayhawks, coasting to an 82-26 victory in a Section 3-AA game.
“Best game we played all year,” GCC coach Joe Eisaman said. “I knew the girls would be up for Jeannette. … We came out ready to play, and it showed on the scoreboard.”
With their fifth win in a row — the Centurions moved to 9-3 overall and 6-0 in their section. Jeannette, which has not yet won away from home, is 5-6 overall, 3-2 in Section 3-AA.
“I think we really played tough, and we'll learn from it and bounce back,” Jeannette coach Adam Knaresborough said.
Appleby and Adisey scored 26 and 22 points, respectively. Bisignani had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
“They rose to the occasion, no doubt about it,” Eisaman said of the two leading scorers. “They got a lot of inside presence with Leah Bisignani. … Can't say enough. They shot the ball well, made very good decisions. They were very disciplined on defense. Didn't get themselves in foul trouble, and defended hard.”
Appleby admitted that this win was extra satisfying — not just because it came against a rival, but because it came against a rival she had never bested before.
“To beat them tonight, that bad, it was a really good win for our team,” she said.
Greensburg Central Catholic has won six games by more than 20 points and four games by more than 40. Monday's victory was its third by at least 50 points.
On Knaresborough's part, there was no ill will regarding the lopsided score.
“You know what? I think if we had made our layups and our foul shots, it would have been a closer game,” he said. “Those are things we can work on in the gym, and that's what we'll do tomorrow.
“Our girls never gave up. Jeannette girls are tough, and they'll bounce back. They're upset a little bit right now, but tomorrow they'll come in ready to work like we do every day.”
Monique Redman led the Jayhawks with 10 points.
Though Monday's result indicated a massive gap in ability between the two teams, GCC will not take Jeannette lightly when the teams meet again Feb. 6. This still is a heated rivalry, no matter how much Greensburg Central Catholic dominated the most recent contest.
“I just think we out-executed them tonight and out-hustled them,” Eisaman said. “Every game is going to be tough. When we go down there in a month, it's going to be a war again.”
Mark Emery is a freelance writer.