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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - C.W. North Catholic vs. Sewickley Academy (Jan. 30)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

C. W. North Catholic and Sewickley Academy meet in a non-section game, Saturday, January 30, 2016 at North Catholic high School.  Each team came into the game number one in their prospective sections, Sewickley Academy in A-1, North Catholic A-2. Scoring stayed close and with 22 seconds left in the game the score  was 38-41 in favor of Sewickley Academy.  Before the final buzzer went off, North Catholic landed a three pointer to tie.  Sewickely won in overtime 55-42.

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Photo by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Girls Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Sam Breen

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Sam Breen
School: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Grade: 11
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: Sam is a three-year starter for the Trojanettes, and she is averaging 25.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She is one of three captains for the Trojanettes. Sam is shooting 63.4 percent from the floor, and 38 percent from 3-point range. Sam is a member of the Photography Club and the World Language Club. She is an honor student. She currently is considering offers from seven Division I colleges.

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Girls Basketball: C.W. North Catholic steps out of comfort zone

Written by Joe Koch on .

When a team wants to see where it stands, it's not a bad idea to play against unfamiliar competition.

That's what Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High's girls basketball team will be doing at 6 p.m. today when it meets Cardinal O'Hara High School in the McDowell Tournament. McDowell is located near Erie. The other game features the host school against another New York team, Frontier Central, at 7:30 p.m. The championship and consolation games will be played on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

Cardinal O'Hara High School is located in Tonawanda, N.Y., which is about 12.5 miles north of Buffalo, N.Y. The Lady Hawks won the New York State Class A championship and are 8-0 overall this season. The school is named for Cardinal John O'Hara, who was the Bishop of Buffalo, before he was named the Archbishop of Philadelphia in 1952 and was named a Cardinal by Pope John XXIII. A school in the Philadelphia Archdiocese also is named for Cardinal O'Hara.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic is off to a fine start with an overall record of 6-0 and the Trojanettes are 4-0 in Section 2-A. The Trojanettes are averaging 65.7 points a game and giving up 32.5. Their offensive and defensive averages are better against Section 2-A opponents. The Trojanettes are averaging 70 points a game in Section 2-A and giving up 27.75 points per contest.

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Girls Basketball: North Catholic passes big test; second one tonight

Written by Joe Koch on .

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High's girls basketball team had heard plenty about the Riverview High girls basketball team heading into this past Friday's Section 2-A game on the Raiders' floor.

Riverview had just lost one game – a 47-44 non-section loss at Brentwood, and the Raiders had knocked off Leechburg, 54-33, this past Monday.

But when the two teams squared off, it was North Catholic – the top-ranked team in Class A – that emerged victorious with a 47-29 triumph.

Heading into tonight's home game with Leechburg, the Trojanettes have won four of their five games by double-digit margins. Their only close call was a 58-49 season-opening victory over Greensburg Central Catholic in the opening game of the Oakland Catholic Tournament at the beginning of the month.

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Girls Basketball: North Catholic on fire following three impressive wins

Written by Joe Koch on .

When Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High's girls basketball team opens the home segment of its schedule at 7 p.m. today against Springdale, the Trojanettes – the top-ranked girls Class A basketball team – enter the game on a season-opening three-game winning streak.

The Trojanettes played "up" in the season-opening Oakland Catholic with victories over two Class AA teams: Greensburg Central Catholic, 58-49, and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 56-35. The winning streak reached three with a Section 2-A victory at St. Joseph this past Thursday. In their most recent game, the Trojanettes' Sam Breen scored 30 points.

North Catholic is averaging 66 points a game this season, and the Trojanettes are yielding 42.3 points a game. Going into this past weekend, their points-scored average is the second-highest in all of Class A basketball. Plenty of other teams are stingy on defense, but the differential – 23.7 – is quite impressive.

Following tonight's game with Springdale, North Catholic visits Riverview. The 4-1 Raiders rolled to a 46-19 victory over Greensburg Salem this past Saturday and visit Leechburg at 6 p.m. Wednesday before hosting the Trojanettes at 6 p.m. Friday.