Boys Basketball: Senior leads North Catholic to quarterfinals

Written by Joe Koch on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles North Catholic basketball standout Dom Robb. Click here to read his story.

"Halfway through this past Friday's WPIAL Class A first-round game against Winchester Thurston, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic boys basketball coach Dave Long realized something was quite wrong with his team's offensive approach.

"Winchester Thurton was still in the game, but Dom hadn't shown up for the first half," said the veteran Trojans coach.

He was referring, of course, to Dom Robb, his 6-foot-6 senior center.

His tone and the team's effort quickly changed, though, as Robb scored all 13 of his points in the second half as the Trojans turned a 14-point halftime lead into an easy 75-45 victory and a berth in Friday's quarterfinals against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at 8 p.m. at Cornell High School."



Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - North Catholic's Timon Gribbin

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Name: Timon Gribbin
School: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: In early December, North Catholic coach Dave Long said he expected Timon Gribbin to make a big impact this season. It turns out Long was right. Gribbin, a 5-9 junior guard, had one of his finest performances of the season in a 75-45 win against Winchester Thurston in a WPIAL Class A first-round playoff game last Friday. Gribbin made seven 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points.


Photo Journal: Girls Basketball WPIAL A Playoff - Card. Wuerl North Cath. vs. Winchester Thurston (Feb. 15)

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic meets Winchester Thurston in the first round of the WPIAL A Girls Basketball Playoffs held Saturday, February 15, 2014, at North Hills.  Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic takes home the win, defeating Winchester Thurston 51-27.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Serivce

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Girls Basketball: North Catholic to meet California in quarterfinals

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A stifling defense and a balanced offense were more than enough for Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic as the Trojanettes rolled to a 51-27 first-round victory over Winchester Thurston in the WPIAL Class A basketball tournament this past Saturday at North Hills. North Catholic meets California in the quarterfinals at a time and site to be determined on Saturday.

Paige Kizior led the Trojanettes past the Bears with 10 points and five rebounds. Abby Goetz added nine points, as did Sam Breen, who almost had a double-double with nine rebounds to go with her nine points.

What most pleased North Catholic coach Molly Rottmann was the stellar fourth quarter in which the Trojanettes outscored the Bears, 16-2 that turned a 10-point lead into an insurmountable margin. That effort went with the 30 turnovers the Trojanettes forced the Bears to commit.

"We wanted to put some pressure on them, and we picked up some early fouls, so we went back into a 2-3 (zone)," she said. "At halftime, assistant coach Kate (Lewandowski) suggested a half-court trap, and they did a tremendous job with that half-court pressure."


Girls Basketball: North Catholic closes Graham Court with last-second win

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The storied rivalry between Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School and Vincentian Academy has been decided by some last-second heroics on both sides. Two years ago, the Trojanettes won 45-43 on a last-second baseline layup by Tina Ferrari. Last year, Royals standout Brenna Wise dribbled the length of the court with less than 10 seconds remaining and converted a layup as time ran out to give the Royals a 65-64 victory over the Trojanettes.

So, it seemed fitting that last Thursday's game between the Trojanettes and the top-ranked Royals -- both in the WPIAL Class A rankings and statewide Class A rankings -- would come down to yet another last-second shot. Tied 38-38 at the outset of the fourth quarter, the teams forged five more ties with Torieonna Cash's free throw with 26 seconds left in regulation tying the game at 51-51.