It was December 28 – they day after the Mustangs took a tough loss to a young-but-talented North Allegheny team. It was North Allegheny’s Christmas tournament, and Plum did not want to go home in last place.
“We came out the next day against North Catholic,” said head coach Bernie Pucka. The Plum team was familiar with North Catholic’s reputation and the abilities of senior guard Lauren Wolosik.
But the Mustangs made the decision as a team not to let the previous day’s loss rattle them. Plum won the game 65-32.
“We got on the floor, we were scrappy, and we said we weren’t going to finish last in the tournament… these kind of things are the things I can turn back to and draw from in a halftime speech,” said Pucka.
“The highlight of our season was the way they responded to North Catholic at North Allegheny,” Pucka summarized. “If we play like that we’re a difficult team to beat.”