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UPJ Lady Cats Defeat Fairmont State in Overtime to Advance to WVIAC Semifinals

Posted Wednesday, March 04, 2009 by Ed Dalton
Lady Cats Defeat Fairmont State in Overtime to Advance to WVIAC Semifinals
     03/04/09...Lindsay Cale (Hummelstown, Pa.)
and Andrea Dalton (Washington, Pa.) each scored 18 points and the Lady Cat basketball team held off a Fairmont State (WV) University comeback to earn a 78-76 overtime victory and advance to Friday's WVIAC Semifinals in Charleston, WV.  Pitt-Johnstown will play the winner of the Charleston-West Virginia State game at 3:00 p.m. 
     Pitt-Johnstown scored the first 12 points of the game, and Andrea Dalton's (Washington, Pa.) short jumper at 15:50 increased the the Lady Cats' lead to 14-1.  A 9-0 Fairmont State run over the next four minutes cut the lead to 14-10.  Pitt-Johnstown recovered to built the lead to 36-19 on Cale's layup and free-throw with 2:13 to play.  The Lady Falcons scored the last four points to pull to within 36-23 at the half.
     The Lady Cats held a 41-28 lead 2:31 into the second half, before Fairmont State used a 20-9 run over the next 7:42 to climb to within 50-48 on Molly Kiger's third straight basket.  The Lady Falcons battled all the way back to take its first lead of the game at 56-54 with 6:00 to play on another Kiger layup.  Cale answered with a three-pointer on the next possession to put the Lady Cats back into the lead.
     Then with under a minute on the clock, Pitt-Johnstown and Fairmont State exchanged long three-pointers to keep the game deadlocked and force overtime with the score tied at 64.
     In the overtime period, Dalton's three-pointer from the top of the key with 2:15 remaining gave the Lady Cats a 71-66 lead.  Jamie Gennett (Davidsville, Pa.) followered with another three-pointer with :49 seconds to increase the lead to 74-68, before Pitt Johnstown held on for the two-point victory.
    Cale finished with 18 points on 6-10 shooting, including 2-4 from three-point range and 4-5 from the free-throw line.  Cale also had four rebounds and four assists, while Dalton netted 18 points on 7-12 shooting from the field, 2-4 from behind the three-point line and 2-2 from the free-throw line.  Sheena Aden (Sandy Lake, Pa.) and Qiuana Brown (Monroeville, Pa.) rounded out the Lady Cats who scored in double-figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.  Aden also collected team-highs of seven rebound and seven assists.  Kristin Irwin (Bellefonte, Pa) scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds to help Pitt-Johnstown advance to the semifinals.      
 
     Cale is currently in 21st place on the Lady Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,149 career-points. Cale needs 17 points to tie Allison Krischer (2003-07) for 20th place on the scoring list.
     Pitt-Johnstown finished the game shooting 46.7% (28-60) from the field, 11-25 from three-point range and 11-13 from the free-throw line, while holding the Lady Falcons to 44.6 (25-56) shooting.  Fairmont State, which held a 36-31 advantage in rebounding, was also 6-15 from behind the three-point line and 20-23 from the charity stripe.
      Ashley Vavrek led all scorers with 19 points.  Kiger scored 18 points and Samantha Wanichko added 17 points and eight rebounds to pace the Lady Falcons who fell to 18-11

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