St. Basil rolls to AA crown

Posted: March 03, 2014

Moments after St. Basil won its second straight District 1 Class AA title in girls' basketball, Kate Skalski compared her team's impending journey in the PIAA state tournament to a "business trip."

One of eight seniors for the Panthers, Skalski said this group has its eyes on only one thing: a state-tournament run.

Basil certainly took care of business Saturday, defeating Christopher Dock, 51-23, for the district championship at Villanova's Pavilion.

The Panthers took control from the start, setting the tone by knocking down seemingly anything they put up from the perimeter. They drilled 10 three-pointers, as seven players hit from beyond the arc.

"We are definitely a shooting team. That's our strong point," Skalski said. "We live and die by the three."

The top-seeded Panthers (21-5) lived by it Saturday, but also dominated all other aspects of the game, as third-seeded Dock (15-8) never got into an offensive rhythm and struggled to defend Basil's multifaceted attack.

"Compared to our league, the teams we run into in District 1, the level is nowhere near as hard as the Catholic Academies," Basil senior Molly Greenberg said. "That really prepares us for these kind of games."

Greenberg and sophomore Karen Lapiewicz each scored a game-high 12 points for Basil. The Panthers got contributions from nine players, moving the ball well all game.

"We feel very confident once we hit one [three-pointer], we know that the rest are probably going to follow soon," Greenberg said.

On Friday, Basil will face District 12's third-place team, Ben Franklin, in the first round of the state tournament. The loss ended the Pioneers' season.

Last year, the Panthers advanced to the state semifinals before losing to York Catholic, 45-28, in a game that stung.

"We really want to get to Hershey this year - that's our goal - to play in the state championship," Greenberg said.

In other words, the Panthers have to take care of unfinished business.

Christopher Dock 4 3 4 12 - 23

St. Basil 15 22 9 5 - 51

CD: Sabrina Demetrius 4, Olivia Seavy 4, Olyvia Longacre 4, Jill Bolton 4, Lanae Hunsberger 2, Megan Swintosky 2, Tabitha Miller 2, Lauren Anderson 1.

SB: Molly Greenberg 12, Karen Lapiewicz 12, Kalee Fuegel 6, Kate Skalski 5, Ally Sloan 5, Natalie Kucowski 5, Sarah Wilson 3, Kelly Mancini 2, Caroline Buckley 1.

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