It's hard to look ahead when a team has just seen its season come to the end in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
But that finish -- a 69-49 loss to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals -- likely will be a springboard for coach Laura Montecalvo and her Bucs.
The team finished with a 19-10 overall record and were third in Section 3-AA. Ousted by one section opponent, Bishop Canevin, the Crusaders meet the section champions, Seton-LaSalle, in the semifinals on Tuesday. In section play, the Bucs had a record of 8-4 that put them in third place behind the Rebels and the Crusaders.
Few believed the Bucs would accomplish much with a lineup that featured 13 underclass athletes on a 17-player roster. Two of the team's most significant contributors were ninth-graders Alexa Williamson and Jules Vulcano.