Joe Koch profiles the Vincentian girls basketball team.
(Photo: Vincentian players celebrate their 58-34 victory against Old Forge in the PIAA Class A championship game at the Giant Center in Hershey. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"No one would ever want to call a loss in a state championship game a positive experience, but for the "Vincentian Academy girls basketball team, the loss to Tri-Valley in the 2013 girls PIAA Class A state championship game was as effective as any chalk talk or film study that a coach could present.
"It helped a lot," said Royals coach Ron Moncrief fewer than 24 hours after his team completed a magical 27-3 season with a 58-34 victory against Old Forge in the PIAA Class A girls championship game this past Saturday at the same venue where they suffered that bitter defeat a year earlier, Hershey's Giant Center.
It was the second state championship for the Royals. The first took place in 2002 when the Royals won the Class AA championship with a 45-37 victory against Camp Hill Trinity of District 3. Current assistant Renee Robinson played on that team.
Other than Robinson, no member of the Royals team had tasted victory at the state championship level. In fact, a far less pleasant feeling prevailed."