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Girls Basketball: Blue Dons’ Big Start Keys Win

Madonna scores 14 straight points in first

February 22, 2012
By ED LOOMAN , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WEIRTON - Madonna jumped on visiting Cameron early and cruised to a convincing 66-44 victory in Region One, Section One Class A action Tuesday.

The triumph sends Don Ogden's 17-6 club into Friday's sectional final against top-seeded Wheeling Central.

Tuesday's contest inside the Bill Barrett Gymnasium was tied at 2-2 before the Blue Dons rattled off 14 consecutive points. Madonna, the tournament's second seed, held a 21-5 advantage after the opening quarter and never looked back.

Senior Lisa Parkins sparked the early scoring spurt, accounting for six of the 14. Senior Isabella Anile and junior Amy Davis combined for 11 of Madonna's first-quarter total.

''I don't think they missed a shot in that first quarter,'' Cameron coach Joe Pettit said. ''They made their shots and we didn't.''

Madonna sank four of its first seven shots. In addition, the Dons swished 9 of 10 from the line during the initial 8 minutes.

The Blue Dons outscored the Dragons 15-10 during the second quarter and held a 36-15 lead at halftime. Cameron opened the third with a 6-0 run, Tara Paczewski scoring five, but Parkins put a halt to that threat when she buried a 3-pointer from the corner.

''We just couldn't get any momentum,'' Pettit said. ''We played pretty good defense and contested their shots, but they just kept making them. And Anile is just a fabulous player.''

The Blue Dons point guard scored a game-high 18 points, with a perfect 10-for-10 effort from the free-throw line. She also dished out six assists.

Davis recorded a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling down 15 of her team's 40 rebounds.

Parkins had 13 and junior Nicollette Sellitti 10.

''(Davis) really came up big for us,'' Ogden said. ''She had a great game on the boards. In the second quarter, it seemed like she was getting every rebound. She also defended well. We had her matched up on their post player and she really came through.''

Senior Sara Lyons contributed seven points, six rebounds and rejected six Cameron shots.

''I thought in the first quarter, we played sound defense (the Dons held Cameron to a 2 of 15 shooting performance),'' Ogden said. ''That really got us started. We got a little undisciplined in the second quarter. Our emphasis at halftime was to get a good defensive start (after scoring a quick six, Madonna limited the visitors to just four points).

''We're playing some younger kids and we, the staff and our seniors, have to be patient with their progression.''

Madonna finished with 20 field goals and was a stellar 23 for 29 from the line. The Dragons hit 16 from the floor and 7 of 9 at the line.

Paczewski and Neely Benline scored 12 each to pace Cameron, which drops the curtain at 12-12. Taylor Whipkey collected 10 rebounds.

''We're a very young team with just three seniors,'' Pettit said. ''I think we had a great year. Our seniors (Paczewski, Whipkey and Lindsay Siburt) led by example. Our senior leadership throughout the year was huge. Everyone should be blessed to have a senior class like I had this season.''

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