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Girls Basketball: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls finally get their banner

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls basketball team.

"The Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls wanted to take their usual school van to the PIAA basketball finals last weekend in Hershey, Pa.

Coach Molly Rottmann nixed that idea, insisting on a little more luxury for their trip to the Class A title game, but perhaps it says a lot about this championship-winning bunch.

"They're just a great group," Rottmann said. "We talked about, early on, 'You have that special chemistry that you need to be successful,' and I think they really bought into it."

So much so that the Trojanettes (28-3) captured their first PIAA crown since 1995 with a 56-33 rout of Lourdes Regional last Saturday. It was quite a comeback story after the Trojanettes lost to section-rival Vincentian in the WPIAL championship."

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Girls Basketball: Second-quarter surge sparks North Catholic to eighth state title

Written by Joe Koch on .

With the game still very much in doubt, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls basketball team needed a spark to put some distance between itself and the Lourdes Regional Red Raiders in the Class A girls basketball championship Saturday afternoon at Hershey's Giant Center.

Owners of a two-point lead with four minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Trojanettes went on an 8-3 run to end the first half, and gradually pulled away in the second half to earn a 56-33 victory and the eighth girls basketball title in the school's storied history. The victory capped a very successful 28-3 season for the Trojanettes. North Catholic is now 8-5 in state championship games. This was the Trojanettes' first title in Class A. Five titles were earned in Class AAA. The other two were in Class AA.

It was the fifth consecutive year a team from Section 2-A of the WPIAL has competed for a PIAA Class A state championship. North Catholic started the streak in 2012 with a 66-59 loss to Steelton-Highspire. Vincentian Academy followed the Trojanettes with a 59-42 loss to Tri-Valley in 2013 and successive victories in 2013 and 2014 over Old Forge by scores of 58-34 and 86-38.

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Girls Basketball: North Catholic girls win eighth state championship

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko covered Saturday's PIAA Class A championship between Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Lourdes Regional.

2016 0320 NorthCatholic GBasketball(Photo: From left, North Catholic players Sam Breen, Elyssa Paras, Abby Goetz and Lillia Smyers celebrate after defeating Lourdes Regional 56-33 in the PIAA Class A championship game at Giant Center in Hershey. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"HERSHEY, Pa. — In the beginning for Sam Breen, it was frustration. In the end, it was elation. In between, it was a whole lot of domination.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's star junior racked up 27 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals — just shy of a triple-double — to lead the Trojanettes to a 56-33 rout of Lourdes Regional in the PIAA Class A girls championship Saturday afternoon at Giant Center.

And it was a giant game from Breen to nab the first state crown for the Trojanettes since 1995 when they were in Class AAA, and their eighth overall in their first finals appearance since 2012.

"I've had a handful of players like her, and you're blessed when you have them. The bigger the arena, the better she does," said Molly Rottmann, who won her first PIAA title as a coach after winning one as a player for North Catholic in 1988."

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Girls Basketball: PIAA Class A championship preview - North Catholic vs. Lourdes Regional

Written by Joe Koch on .

The game: PIAA Class A championship
The teams: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic vs. Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Catholic
Where and when: Giant Center, Hershey, Saturday, noon.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojanettes
Record: 27-3
District finish: District 7 Runner-up
Coach: Molly Rottmann
PIAA titles: 7 (5 in Class AAA, 2 in Class AA).
How they got here: (First round) Cochranton, 72-44; (Second round) Keystone, 61-36; (Quarterfinals) Bishop Carroll, 62-45; (Semifinals) Bishop Guilfoyle, 49-43.
Scoring offense: 63.8 points per game
Scoring defense: 40.7 points per game

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Girls Basketball: North Catholic star looks to lead team to PIAA title

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles North Catholic basketball standout Sam Breen.

"Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic coach Molly Rottman believes two of the reasons Sam Breen has excelled this season is because she is in better shape and lost some weight from a season ago.

But lately, Breen has been carrying a heavy load. It's the North Catholic team.

The Trojanettes have hitched themselves onto Breen and gone for a joy ride, and the next stop is Hershey for the PIAA Class A championship. North Catholic plays Lourdes Regional at noon Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Breen, a 6-foot-1 junior forward, has been on one of the most impressive state playoff runs by a WPIAL player. She is averaging 29.3 points over four PIAA games and has scored 30 or more three times. Sure, other North Catholic players have also played key roles in this playoff run. But in the PIAA playoffs, Breen is averaging almost half of North Catholic's 61 points a game."