KANE — The DuBois Central Catholic girls basketball team was once again overmatched by Kane for the third time this season, ending Thursday evening’s AML semifinal in a 57-33 loss to the Lady Wolves.
The Lady Cardinals only found themselves down 10 going into halftime after a Shayleigh Gulvas three-pointer that ended the first half, but Kane put together a 26-point third quarter that effectively ended any chance of a DCC comeback.
“Two things happened in the third, we didn’t shoot well to start the third and they shot really well and the game got away from us,” said DCC coach Jordan Hoover. “We hung tough. I thought we played hard and executed well. At the end of the day, it was just too much of an advantage in size that we knew we were giving up.”
Kane (22-1) will now play Elk County Catholic in the AML Championship game on Saturday evening. The Lady Crusaders defeated Ridgway, 40-28, in the other semifinal on Thursday.
Once again, 6-2 forward Ella Marconi played a big part in the Lady Wolves’ success as she put in 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Kane also hit five three-pointers on the night, including three of them in the second half.
“I think they played as well as I’ve seen them play,” said Hoover. “They shot it so well at the beginning of the third quarter. It just seemed like anything they put up was going in.
“Tactically against a team like that, they’re going to get some open threes. I think they hit eight against us last time. They shot it so well from the three-point line. They’re a really tough team to beat when that’s the case.”
Although the Lady Cards never led in the game, they kept it close for much of the first quarter until the three-ball started to fall for the Lady Wolves. Kane led 15-8 after one.
Abbey Pettenati hit a three to start the second for DCC, but Kane went on a 7-0 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.
Kane started the third quarter on a 16-2 run, giving them a 42-18 lead. They led 52-23 at the end of the period.
Central won the fourth quarter, 10-5, thanks to a 5-for-6 quarter from the foul line and a three from Maia Cogley.
Cogley led the Lady Cards with seven pionts on the night, while Gulvas and Jordan Kosko each had five.
DCC, which is now 9-14 on the season, entered the District 9 Class A playoffs and will now wait and see who they will face when the postseason starts next week.