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Wrap: West Chester Rustin can’t break through against O’Hara

GBB_20141209_WCRvsOHARAWEST CHESTER – Sophomore sensations Hannah Nihill and Mary Sheehan both contributed double-doubles to propel Cardinal O’Hara to a 69-52 nonleague girls’ basketball win over winless West Chester Rustin Monday night.

Nihill came up with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Sheehan amassed 10 points and 21 rebounds as O’Hara pulled away from a narrow 44-40 lead by outscoring the Golden Knights (0-3) 25-12 over the final 8 minutes.

“We had some really great bursts of connectivity but you can’t do it for 5 minutes or 2 minutes, you have to do it for 32 minutes,” said Rustin first-year coach Colette Dugan. “There were some glimmers of greatness but not for very many minutes. We need to find the blends that work.”

Rustin did display balanced scoring with Noelle Powell (14 points), Courtney Warley (13) and Katie O’Hare (11) all hitting double figures. But it wasn’t enough to keep the Ches-Mont League representatives out of the win column.

“It’s a new coaching staff and we’re learning new offenses, new defenses and new strategies,” said Dugan. “It’s a new group on and off the court. We’re working at it and I think we’ll get there.”

A brutal early schedule that has included Central Bucks West and Bethlehem Catholic have also contributed to the slow start for Rustin.

“We have started the season playing some very good teams and we knew that coming in,” said Dugan. “We’re trying to incorporate a different philosophy, getting the players to perform at their maximum potential – not individuals but as a team and as one collective unit. We have had some difficulty with our confidence and getting connected. But I anticipate that happening down the road. We’ll be fine. It’s just taking us a little time to get blended.”

Cardinal O’Hara (69) – Denoncour 2 points, Sheehan 10, Paolino 11, Nihill 26, Hoy 6, Hendrixson 5, Gardler 9.

WC Rustin (52) – Griesemer 2, Casey Warley 1, Courtney Warley 13, Walls 2, Powell 14, O’Hare 11, Zavitsky 9.

Cardinal O’Hara          15 18 11 25 – 69

West Chester Rustin   13 16 11 12 – 52

 

North Penn 45, Downingtown West 41 – Maddie Dew hit for a game-high 23 points but the Whippets (2-1) were victimized in the fourth quarter by a pair of Taylor Putnam three-pointers in dropping the non-league clash.

The defending District 1-AAAA champion Maidens (2-1), who were paced by Irisa Yi (14 points), Mikaela Giuliani (12) and Putnam (11), overcame a 35-34 deficit at the end of the third period with their late burst.

North Penn (45) – Thames 7, Putnam 11, Hewlett 1, Giuliani 12, Yi 14

Downingtown West (41) – Supplee 7 points, Schanck 3, Dew 23, M. Camden 6, H. Camden 2

North Penn                   15  4 15 11 – 45

Downingtown West  10 15 10  6 – 41

 

West Chester Henderson 68, Chichester 19 – The Warriors raced out to a 19-3 lead after one quarter and extended the advantage to 33-5 by the break in their nonleague romp. Julia Gawrylowicz (13 points), Jenna Maratea (11) and Morgan Maturani (10) all hit double figures for Henderson (1-2), which had 13 different players get into the scoring column.

Chichester (19) – Thornton 13 points, O’Donnell 3, Carrafa 3

Henderson (68) – Shea 2, Webb 3, Duffy 2, Jones 2, Torrance 4, Caruso 4, Maturani 10, Maratea 11, Kneis 6, Gawyrylowicz 13, DePrisco 3, Cullinan 2, Bertrando 6

Chichester     3   2   8   6 – 19

Henderson  19 14 22 13 – 68

 

Coatesville 65, Chester 28 – Nafisa Saunders collected 15 points and Zada Bookman added 10 to help the Red Raiders improve to 2-1 with the nonleague win.

Chester (28) – Robertson 2 points, Grassley 3, Williams 4, Phillips 3, Hopton 2, Cowan 11, Kelly 2, Bethel 1. Totals 9 10-21 28.

Coatesville (65) – Saunders 15, Bookman 10, Irwin 5, Brown 6, White 9, Turner 4, McLaughlin 6, Dunn-Hoague 2, Jemison 6, Torres 2. Totals 18 25-36 65.

Chester          6   4 16  2 – 28

Coatesville  11 20 17 17 – 65

3-point goals: Phillips.

 

Wilson 41, Great Valley 35 – The Patriots slipped to 0-3 with the nonleague loss despite 16 points from Ashlyn Smith and 6 from Sadie Budan.

Great Valley (35) – Smith 16, Budan 6, Aker 5, Campetti 4, Buettner 2, Kahn 2. Totals 13 9-17 35.

Wilson (41) – O’Brien 15, Ebner 14, Templeton 4, Winfield 4, Owens 4.

Great Valley   9 11  5 10 – 35

Wilson            4 13 12 12 – 41

3-point goals: O’Brien, Aker.

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