Lady Warriors fall just short

Everett’s Brooke Colledge tries to steal the ball from Diasha Allen with Bishop Canevin freezing the ball up three in the second half. / Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

EBENSBURG — Heading to the fourth quarter, Everett trailed Bishop Canevin by three, 35-32, in the PIAA Class 3A second round matchup between the two teams.

At the start of the fourth quarter, BC held the ball out high to force Everett to play them man-for-man, but the Lady Warriors elected to stay back in its zone defense.

The game of chicken went on for five minutes with neither team taking a shot. When Everett did come out of its zone, Brionna Allen scored two of her game-high 19 points on a driving layup to put the Lady Crusaders up 37-32.

Kaitlyn Maxwell immediately answered with a 3-pointer to pull Everett back within two points, but Kasey Kaczorowski’s 3-pointer drove the BC lead back to five with 1:32 remaining.

Bishop Canevin closed it out converting four straight foul shots in the final 30 seconds for a 46-39 win.

“A lot of people have Bishop Canevin being the best team in the west. It’s a one-possession game with a quarter to go. I thought if we can limit the possessions, we’d have an opportunity,” Everett coach Keith Moyer said. “It went well. We missed shots. Last three minutes, we had open looks that if we make I think we come away with a win. We had two 3s that rimmed out. Two layups that rimmed out. That’s the difference in the ballgame.”

Trailing 22-19 at halftime, Maxwell started the second half with a 3-pointer to tie the game. After BC’s Shamyjha Price scored to make it a 24-22 game, Sydney Reffner knocked down a 3 to give Everett its first lead of the game.

Madison Hicks’ two foul shots 2:12 into the third quarter increased the Lady Warriors to three.

“We were really confident at halftime that we were going to be able to win, and it showed in the third quarter,” Moyer said.

It looked like the start of an Everett run, but it didn’t materialize. BC regained the lead later in the quarter on a Kaczorowski 3-pointer that made it a 31-29 game.

Reffner, the lone senior on the team, followed with a 3-pointer to give Everett its last lead of the game. The Lady Crusaders closed out the quarter with four straight points to take a 3-pointer advantage to the fourth.

“Something we try to emphasize day in and day out. Don’t panic. Keep your composure,” BC coach Scott Dibble said. “Basketball is game of runs. It always has been. You withstand it. It’s peaks and valleys. You just want to be on top of the hill at the end. That’s all that matters.”

Dibble decided to slow down the game at the start of the fourth quarter for a couple reasons. He didn’t expect it to last as long as it did, though.

“A couple kids were tired. A couple kids were in foul trouble. We got a little bit of a lead, we wanted be patient for a while. If they go man-to-man, we’ll run our stuff,” he said. “It’s tough to guard us man-to-man. It works in our favor, but they didn’t come out until there were three minutes left.”

In addition to Allen’s 19 points, BC got 12 points and nine rebounds from Price.

Maxwell led Everett with 14 points, and Reffner finished with 13.

Bishop Canevin, a state finalist last year, moves on to the quarterfinals to play Mohawk Friday. Mohawk downed Laurel 46-31 Monday.

Everett’s season ends at 22-6. It’s the furthest the Lady Warriors have advanced in the state playoffs since 2000 when they were beaten in the second round by Karns City.

“We were one-possession away from tying it up. What more could you ask for? What a tremendous year with this group of kids,” Moyer said. “We’ve reached the point in the program where the kids believe that we can compete at the state level. That’s part of it. Now we have to put in the work in the offseason. I think they will.”

EVERETT (39): Jay 1 0-0 2, Colledge 1 2-2 4, Reffner 3 5-6 13, Hicks 2 2-3 6, Maxwell 6 0-0 14, Ewing 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 9-11 39.

BISHOP CANEVIN (46): Gustine 1 0-0 3, D. Allen 1 2-2 4, Price 4 4-5 12, Gamble 0 2-2 2, B. Allen 8 3-5 19, Kaczorowski 2 0-0 6. Totals — 16 11-14 46.


Everett 6 13 13 7 — 39

Bishop Canevin 10 12 13 11 — 46

3-point goals: Everett 4 (Reffner 2, Maxwell 2); Bishop Canevin 3 (Gustine, Kaczorowski 2).

Records: Everett (22-6); Bishop Canevin (22-4).