Conneaut coach Bill Stevenson knows when to flip the switch.
Playing to Saegertown’s half-court game and scoring only seven points in the first quarter, Stevenson had seen enough and decided to hit the “attack” button.
In a 42-second blur, Conneaut — applying a full-court press and recording three steals in the process — went from a 9-7 deficit to a 15-9 lead and went on to a 35-23 victory Saturday night in Region 3 girls basketball action.
The win kept CASH perfect in the league at 9-0 and is now 16-2 overall. Saegertown dropped to 10-6 and 6-3.
“We just beat a good ballclub,” said Stevenson. “They dictate the tempo of the game, and for the most part, they did. We had to grind out this win.”
Playing its slow-down game, Saegertown coach Steve Scott had the game going his way in the opening quarter as his Panthers stayed even with the favored Eagles at 7-7.
Then, on Saegertown’s opening possession in the second quarter, Victoria Eckart tossed in a 12-foot bank shot to give the Panthers a 9-7 lead.
A steamed-up Stevenson then flipped the switch.
After Mallory Reynolds drained a 3-pointer off a turnover, junior Kristen Baker scored on two offensive rebounds and sank one free throw to give the Eagles a 15-9 lead with 6:28 remaining in the first half.
Conneaut’s full-court press did the trick.
“We changed it up at the beginning of the second quarter and got some turnovers,” said Stevenson.
Conneaut led the rest of the way, but Saegertown made a couple runs.
Trailing 17-12, Rachel DiBartolomeo scooped up a loose ball and converted a three-point play and Katie Kapanick made one of two free throws with three seconds remaining in the first half to cut Conneaut’s halftime lead to 17-16.
The Panthers nearly grabbed the lead in the opening seconds of the third period as Arianna Hanley’s 15-foot jumper went in-and-out.
Too close for comfort for Stevenson & Co.
CASH answered the close call with two long-distance jumpers as Baker and Kimmy Litwin drained 3-pointers to push the Eagles’ lead to 23-17 with 6:08 left in the third quarter.
The Eagles’ “D” did the rest.
Leading 31-23 with 4:43 left in the game, Conneaut held Saegertown scoreless for the remainder of the game.
“Holding a team the caliber of Saegertown to only seven points in the second half is a great defensive job,” said Stevenson. “It was a team effort.”
Baker led Conneaut with 14 points and Challen Litwiler and Litwin scored nine and eight points, respectively.
DiBartolomeo was Saeger-town’s top gun with 10 points.
Conneaut coach Bill Stevenson knows when to flip the switch.
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ERIE — The Saegertown baseball team took another confident step forward in the hunt for a District 10 three-peat, downing Wilmington 10-0 in five innings in the semifinals of the D-10 Class AA playoffs, Friday at Ainsworth Field.
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But luckily in boys volleyball what you do throughout the regular season doesn’t much matter. It’s what you do on the big stage in May in front of hundreds of fans at Meadville Area High School that counts.
And, well, the Panthers know how to perform in the limelight.
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The 100-meter dash. Of any athletic endeavor, the 100-meter probably goes by the quickest — around 10 to 13 seconds from start to finish. The difference between winning and losing can sometimes be measured by a blink of an eye.
Yet, there is a lot that goes on in that 10 to 13 seconds. A runner has a lot of T’s to carefully cross and I’s to precisely dot to be on the winning side of one of those eye-blink moments.
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Northcott stellar as Cardinals upend Eagles
Welcome to the Ryan Express II, Kennedy Catholic.
Resembling the original Ryan Express (Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan), Cochranton ace hurler Ryan Northcott handcuffed the Golden Eagles with a three-hit 1-0 shutout Wednesday night in the opening round of the District 10 Class A baseball playoffs on the beautiful Northwestern High School baseball diamond.
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NBA PLAYOFFS: LeBron saves Heat at buzzer
LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, changed direction and immediately attacked the rim.
There was no one in his way.
There was no stopping him, either.
James made a layup as time expired in overtime, capping a 30-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist effort as the Miami Heat found a way to outlast the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in a wildly back-and-forth Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. There were 18 ties and 17 lead changes, the last two of those coming in the final 2.2 seconds.
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Justin Verlander overcame a rocky start and rain delay to get his fifth win and Miguel Cabrera hit another homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 11-7 on Wednesday night, sweeping the two-game series between the AL Central’s top teams.
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Just ask Franklin.
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The Maplewood softball team nearly got that complete seven-inning effort it’s been striving for all season long. But it still wasn’t enough to keep up with undefeated Fairview, which bounced the ’Wood from the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals with an 8-1 verdict on Tuesday at Penn State-Behrend.
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