Schenley smokes Westinghouse, wins City League title
The first half of the City League girls basketball championship game Thursday night between Schenley and Westinghouse was as close as expected.
But Schenley senior Dominique Duck turned the second half into a personal showcase.
The Western Kentucky recruit scored 16 of her team's final 18 points en route to a game-high 24 to lead the Spartans to a 43-27 victory against Westinghouse at Pitt's Petersen Events Center.
Duck added 10 rebounds and five steals, as Schenley won its sixth title in the past eight seasons and its third title in four years.
"This is my senior year, and I didn't come out here to lose," Duck said. "I told the girls before the game to have a lot of pride and desire. We wanted this one so badly."
Schenley coach Debbie Lewis said Duck and guard Courtney Bruce were the difference.
"In the second half, Courtney Bruce controlled the flow of the game, and Dominique said, 'Hey let me create a shot or pass to the open person and get it done,' " Lewis said.
Westinghouse held a 10-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, but it endured a dry spell of more than seven minutes, which allowed the Spartans to take control with a 9-0 run.
Schenley held a 20-15 advantage at the intermission.
Westinghouse cut the Spartans' lead to four points twice during the third quarter, including a basket off a steal by Shameika Christian, bringing the Bulldogs to within 27-23.
But a layup by Duck and another drive to the hoop during the following 40 seconds gave the Spartans control.
"I knew we needed to score, and I just took it upon myself," Duck said.
Schenley's defense took over in the fourth quarter, limiting Westinghouse to two points and 1-of-16 shooting from the field.
"All year long, we've been a very good defensive team," Lewis said. "The one strength we have is going from either zone to man. It depends what the opposition is going to dictate to us. They made a little run at us, and we made some changes."
Both schools have qualified for the PIAA tournament. Schenley (22-3) will play Mt. Lebanon or Gateway in the opening round of the Class AAAA tournament March 4. Westinghouse (17-9) will enter the Class AAA field March 5 against Blackhawk or Hopewell.