Youthful I&Y picks up trophy with victory over KitchenSales
By Jim Lane
For the Mirror
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Youth was served in the Alumni Division of the Blair Regional YMCA Women’s Summer Basketball League.
Kitchensales.com went undefeated during the regular season, but fell in the playoff championship game to I&Y Construction, 49-42, on Thursday night.
Kitchensales.com defeated I&Y in last season’s playoff championship game and scored another win over I&Y during this year’s regular season game. The defending champs also had a 25-20 lead at halftime Thursday night.
But, I&Y, after trailing by 10 points (34-24) early in the second half, caught fire and dominated the final 10 minutes, 25-8, to pull off the upset.
“Honestly? Youth,” Kitchensales.com’s Kristi Kaack said matter-of-factly while managing a chuckle. “They’re young, we’re not.
“You could see it at the end of the game,” Kaack, Bishop Guilfoyle High School’s new coach, continued. “We had only seven girls and we were tired.”
Still one of the league’s top players, Kaack buried a “3” to open the scoring last night. After a trey by Olivia Mottern, Kaack scored on a driving layup to give Kitchensales.com a quick 8-0 lead.
Kayley Burke’s triple finally got I&Y on the board but Kitchensales.com controlled the first half and held a 25-20 advantage at the intermission.
Marrysa Moyer’s bucket gave Kitchensales.com a 10-point lead (34-24) midway through the second half, but then the bottom fell out.
A free throw by Maddie Shetrom started a 15-1 blitz that turned the tide in I&Y’s favorite. Three treys by Halle Herrington (Philipsburg-Osceola senior) offset a deuce by Kaack and tied the game at 36-all with 6:15 left.
It remained 36-36 until a conventional 3-pointer by Courtney Cecere (Forest Hills) gave I&Y its first lead, 39-36, with 2:28 remaining.
Kitchensales.com rallied, though, and two free throws by Kaack put the defending champs on top, 42-41, with 1:06 to go.
Cecere’s drive regained the lead, 43-42, for I&Y and Rena Enterline (Blairsville) converted four straight free throws to lock it up with 23 ticks on the clock. Allison Shuke (Bedford) added a layup as time expired.
“We had a lot more players, we had fresh legs and outran them at the end,” said Shetrom, a former Altoona High player who will be a sophomore at LeMoyne College.
“Our key players were Courtney Cecere and Halle Herrington, both high school players,” Shetrom continued. “Then Rena Enterline’s free throws helped seal the deal.”
Cecere, Herrington and Shuke all scored 12 points for the new champions. Tamara Thomas led Kitchensales.com with 12, one more than Kaack.
I&Y CONSTRUCTION (49): Shetrom 0 1-2 1, Cecere 5 1-1 12, Enterline 1 4-4 7, Love 1 0-0 2, Burke 1 0-0 3, Herrington 4 0-0 12, Shuke 4 4-4 12, Donley 0 0-0 0, Mock 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 10-11 49.
KITCHENSALES.COM (42): Kaack 4 3-5 11, Moyer 2 3-4 7, Mottern 3 0-0 8, Thomas 5 2-2 12, Whitfield 1 0-0 3, Conrad 0 0-0 0, Reimer 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 8-11 42.
HALFTIME: Kitchensales.com 25-20.
3-point goals: I&Y Construction 7 (Herrington 4, Cecere 1, Enterline 1, Burke 1); Kitchensales.com 4 (Mottern 2, Kaack, Whitfield).
Officials: Jack McDougal, Clark Adelman, Denny Detwiler.