Carroll easily moves on to round 2

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic forced Veritas Academy to turn the ball over on its first four possessions, and the Lady Monarchs didn’t take a shot that wasn’t an air ball for the first six minutes of the game.

The Lady Huskies put it on cruise control from there in a 60-22 victory in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs at Central Cambria High School on Saturday.

Still, Bishop Carroll coach Bob Gongloff and his players weren’t thrilled with how they played.

“I wasn’t happy with our defense today,” Gongloff said. “We didn’t play with a lot of heart today, but a win is a win. Maybe we were looking past this team. I don’t know what they were doing, but for us to improve and move on, we’ll have to play better than we did today.”

Caitlyn Liebreidis led Veritas Academy with 10 points, and until Serena Hartzler’s jump shot with about a minute to play in the first half, Liebreidis was the only Lady Monarch who made a shot, or even connected with the rim or backboard on one.

“We were just outmanned from top to bottom,” Veritas Academy coach Daniel Spanjer said. “Seven players against a team that size, with that kind of experience, it’s tough. They are a good squad. I just don’t think we had enough.”

Yet, Bishop Carroll scored just 10 points in the second quarter and shot 6-of-16 from the free throw line, something that has been a season-long problem. The Lady Huskies have big goals, and even a lopsided victory let them know they have to improve.

“They practice free throws, and they have to learn to put them in,” Gongloff said. “They need to have the right mental attitude when they go to the line. I tell them, it’s all muscle memory. They just need to focus on their shot and make them.”

Mara Yahner led Bishop Carroll with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Kate Yahner added 12 points, and Anna Haigh chipped in 10 points before the starters exited for good early in the fourth quarter.

“We have to be better communicating on defense,” Kate Yahner said. “We have done pretty well with that, but today we were slow. We just have to talk more.”

Bishop Carroll will play District 4 champion Lourdes Regional, a 43-24 winner over Faith Christian, on Wednesday in the second round.

“I have tapes on them,” Gongloff said. “They are going to be a tough opponent. They play hard. They have some nice 3-point shooters. We’ll be ready for them, but we just have to get ourselves prepared and not look past teams. It’s one game at a time.”

Bishop Carroll has reached the PIAA Class 1A semifinals the past two seasons and remains focused on getting one step farther this year.

“To get to the state game is our ultimate goal,” Kate Yahner said. “This is just one step in that direction.”

VERITAS ACADEMY (22): Fischer 0 0-0 0, Liebreidis 4 0-0 10, Rawlings 2 0-0 4, Hartzler 4 0-0 8, King 0 0-0 0, Mylin 0 0-0 0, Trimbath 0 0-0 0. Totals — 10 0-0 22

BISHOP CARROLL (60): M. Yahner 5 3-6 13, K. Yahner 5 2-4 12, Rosenberger 2 0-0 4, Gittings 3 0-0 7, Haigh 4 0-0 10, Smorto 2 0-2 6, Buynack 0 1-2 1, Becquet 1 0-2 2, McMullen 1 0-0 3, Long 1 0-0 2, Krumenacker 0 0-0 0. Totals — 24 6-16 60

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Veritas Academy 3 4 6 9 — 22

Bishop Carroll 16 10 19 15 — 60

3-point goals: Veritas Academy 2 (Liebreidis 2); Bishop Carroll 6 (Smorto 2, Haigh 2, Gittings, McMullen)

Officials: Craig Knupp, Tony Rullo, Ted Oppergard

Records: Veritas Academy (16-10); Bishop Carroll (18-7)

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