Big third quarter powers Lady Eagles past Iroquois

Youngsville’s Paige Mineweaser brings the ball up the floor during the second quarter of Wednesday’s Region 3 win over Iroquois.

One thing became very clear in Youngsville’s home and Region 3 opener against Iroquois on Wednesday – the Lady Eagles can score in bunches.

Aspen Flinn and Cailtin Craig each connected on a pair of 3’s in a 24-point third quarter that lifted YHS to a 52-42 win over the Lady Braves.

“We talked about coming back out and controlling the game,” said Youngsville coach Kerstin Wyman. “We played smart basketball and the defense from our press turned into execution on the offensive end.”

Trailing by three, 24-21 at halftime, Youngsville outscored their counterparts from Erie by 14 in the third, forcing six turnovers out of the press that Wyman alluded to.

Flinn’s triple with 29 seconds left in the third gave the Lady Eagles a double-digit advantage, 45-34. Iroquois never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Youngsville’s Caitlin Craig slices through the defense on her way to the bucket during Wednesday’s game against Iroquois.

“It (press) did change the tempo of the game,” Wyman said. “The girls have the potential to turn quick turnovers into scores.”

Iroquois (1-1 overall, 0-1 Region 3) came out of the gates hot, as Brooke Burdick and Shaelyn Parnell combined to score 13 of their first 15 points to stake them to a seven-point advantage in the second quarter.

Alison Ishman helped keep the Lady Eagles (2-1 overall, 1-0) within striking distance early, scoring eight of her 12 points in the first half and showing tremendous poise from her point guard spot.

“She takes control of the court,” Wyman said. “She’s a team player. She works hard regardless of the situation.”

Back-to-back buckets by Kathy Sveda and Ishman cut the deficit to three at the half and that momentum carried over into the third quarter.

In addition to her 12 points, Craig pulled down eight rebounds and Ishman six to go with a steal and an assist, while Sveda notched seven boards and Paige Mineweaser three assists and three steals to go along with her six points.

“We really played as a team,” Wyman said.

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Youngsville: At Maplewood on Wednesday

Iroquois: Hosts Seneca on Saturday.

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Burdick 4-6-10-14, Barnes 0-5-6-5, Harris 2-1-2-5, Herget 3-0-0-8, Parnell 5-0-0-10, Silbaugh 0-0-0-0, Carpenter 0-0-0-0, Smith 0-0-0-0, Totals 14-12-18-42


Ishman 4-4-5-12, Sveda 5-0-2-10, Mineweaser 3-0-0-6, Craig 4-2-2-12, Flinn 4-0-0-10, Bulard 0-1-2-1, Dunn 0-1-2-1, Lawson 0-0-0-0, Totals 20-8-13-52

By Quarters

Iroquois           12   12   10   8 – 42

Youngsville      10   11   24   7 – 52

Three-point FGs: Iroquois (2) – Herget 2; Youngsville (4) – Flinn 2, Craig 2

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JV: Youngsville 32, Iroquois 15; Youngsville scoring – Sadie Hoffman 25 points, Megan Foley 7