The Chartiers-Houston girls basketball team has four senior starters in its lineup, though it doesn’t always seem that way to head coach Veronica Sansom.
Take Monday’s Section 4-AA game against Fort Cherry. Early in the third quarter – the Bucs led, 31-16 at halftime, no less – Sansom couldn’t watch another second and used a timeout, her team coming unglued at the seams.
“We looked like a junior high team,” Sansom said. “We were dribbling the ball off our feet, missed five or six shots, and I had to call a timeout. I said, ‘Everybody … calm … down. We have four seniors on the floor, and I need you to start acting like seniors.’ And they did.”
The Bucs went on to win, 52-35, but the game was a microcosm of the team’s season so far: great, about the furthest thing from great, then great again. The only consistent thing has been inconsistency.
Chartiers-Houston (3-3, 8-5) started the season with three straight wins, including one at the KSA Classic in Orlando, Fla. That was followed by losses in five of six, the only win coming against 0-10 Wilkinsburg, which had to forfeit against Fort Cherry because it couldn’t find five healthy players.
The win over Fort Cherry was the fourth in a row for Sansom and Co. entering tonight’s home game against Seton-La Salle.
“We’ve been hammering (playing smart) into their heads, and finally it’s starting to click,” Sansom said. “We’ve got the ball. They need it. Why are we shooting 3-pointers? It doesn’t make sense.
“I think we’re starting to get it, and that’s been the difference in these past four games, controlling the game at the time we need to control it. Even when we got a little crazy (Monday), we were able to pull it back together and get a couple baskets here and there.”
Ashley Balzer leads the Bucs at 12 points and eight rebounds per game. Kristin Scott has been contributing four assists per game, and Amanda Balzer and Tori Foster are scoring 9.7 and 9.3 points, respectively.
The fifth spot has rotated between Addisen Knetzer, Megan Kraushaar and Deja Wormsley, with the 5-11 Knetzer having the most success at 10.1 points and six rebounds per game.
“That kid is 5-11, and when she plays with confidence, there are very few people who can stop her,” Sansom said. “She had 19 points against Seton-La Salle, but sometimes she plays down. “Sometimes she plays like she’s been playing the past couple of games, and I can start her. She’s a junior, and it’s a confidence thing most of the time with her. But when she’s on, she’s unstoppable.”
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
PIHL all-stars announced: Rosters have been released for four Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League All-Star Games that will be played Feb. 10 at RMU’s Island Sports Arena.
Peters Township’s Trevor Recktenwald, who leads Class AAA with 47 points (20 goals) headlines the Southwestern Conference squad. Indians defenseman Brad Tylenda and goaltender Brian Baker also made it.
Canon-McMillan, which has 18 points and is tied with Peters Township atop Section 1, had four selections: forwards Carmen Dalesandro, Blair Oldaker and James Oddi, as well as defenseman Anthony Tonkovich.
South Fayette has two entrants in the Class A game, forwards Joe Testa and Ryan Schultz, the latter tied for seventh in Class A with 33 points. Shane Morgan, Nick Green and Ryan Ferguson will represent Canon-Mac’s Open Class team.
The Open Class game starts at 11 a.m., Class A at 1 p.m., Class AA at 3 and Class AAA at 5.
Lions make statement: Three meet records were broken, as the South Fayette girls swim and dive team accumulated 481 points to win the prestigious Big Six Meet at Central York High School last Friday and Saturday.
Sophomore Maddie Bartrug won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles in 25.03 and 54.00, respectively, the latter setting a meet record. She also teamed with Mary Rosati, Tiana Marrese and Morgan Fink to take gold in the 200- and 400 freestyle relays.
The 200 freestyle relay team set a meet record in 1:41.50, while the 400 free group took first in 3:42.59.
Fink was the 200 free champion, setting a meet record in 1:56.45. She also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.09.
Ryne Fromholzer won two events – and set two meet records – for the third-place boys team, touching the fall in 1:50.41 to win the 200 freestyle and clocking a 5:00.31 to take top honors in the 500 freestyle.
The girls meet featured four of PIAA’s top nine teams from a season ago.