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Girls' Basketball: Steubenville Gets Back on Track

January 24, 2014
By AARON PETCHAL , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WELLSBURG - Basketball is a team sport, but the spotlight can shine down on one or two players.

Fans on both sides of the river braved the elements Thursday night to watch two of the top players in the valley - Big Red senior Emiley Masloski and Brooke junior Angela Staffileno - battle it at Brooke High School.

The highly anticipated showdown never materialized, however, as neither standout was able to fully show off her skills.

Masloski, who scored two points, left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return, while Staffileno was saddled with foul trouble in the first half. In the end, Steubenville was able to shake off a slow start and pull away from the Bruins (3-10) en route to a 59-41 victory.

Staffileno netted a game-high 32 points, including scoring all 14 of her team's total in the first quarter, enabling the hosts to lead 14-9.

Big Red (17-1) gained the lead and the momentum in the second quarter on their way to their second victory against the Bruins this season.

"We did a much better job fronting Angela in the second quarter and in the second half," Steubenville coach Phil Casinelli said. "We used three girls on her - Lysiah Rice, Abby Taylor and Rhiannon Petrisko. Rhiannon Petrisko, a freshman, played a really good game. We did a good job of guarding her and fronting her.

"We were able to get better ball pressure. We got good backside help. It was a team effort defensively. We did a much-better job. We made it not as easy for her to get the ball than in the first eight minutes of the game.

"She is a great player. You're not going to completely stop her. We were able to front her, we had backside help and we were able to have ball pressure."

Staffileno scored her team's first 16 points before missing the final few minutes of the first half after picking up her third foul.

"Angela picked up that third foul and had to sit," Brooke coach Ryan Scherich said. "The game was back-and-forth. Then, she got her third foul and had to sit for the final three or four minutes of the half.

"We played real well without her for about minute. It was 22-20, and then they went on a 5-0 run over the final two or three minutes of the half to take a 27-20 lead. We went brain dead. We lost our mental focus. We had to play catch up from there."

Staffileno led all scorers, but she was just one of three Bruins to score in the game.

Michaela Hinerman netted eight points, while Gabriella Velegol scored one point.

Nine players scored for Big Red, including two in double digits. Mytia Barker recorded a team-high 22 points, and Rice contributed 12 points.

 
 
 

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