Saturday, March 16, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL: St. Basil topples Notre Dame, advances to Eastern final

Adversity is something that comes along with playing in the state tournament. How a team handles that adversity shows how far it can go. If St. Basil’s quarterfinal win is any indication, the Lady Panthers have what it takes to win the whole thing.

“We were out of sync in the third quarter,” St. Basil coach Terry Mancini said. “We were playing a patient game and they got us running up and down. If you had asked me if we would be in the final foul after losing to Villa in the league, I wouldn’t believe it. I give the girls a lot of credit.”

After a disastrous three-point third quarter, St. Basil rallied in the final period with good defense and clutch shooting to clip Notre Dame-Green Pond, 45-42, and clinched a spot in the PIAA Class AA final four. Led by Kalee Fuegel’s 12 points, St. Basil battled all game and was rewarded with the prize of a shot at a state title.

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