Playoff time has become synonymous with big achievements for Oakland Catholic. A good story came from last Monday’s (February 4) 54-41 win over Seneca Valley).
The Eagles drove through the snowstorm to take on the Raiders. They knew Seneca Valley would be playing with the motivation of getting into the playoffs.
“Seneca Valley is a really nice team, they’re well coached and played very well,” said Oakland Catholic head coach Shannon Boyle. “They were really hoping to get the win against us to become the fourth place team in the playoffs.” (Seneca Valley was, after the Oakland Catholic game, still tied with Shaler for fourth place in Section 3-AAAA).
Oakland had practiced defense before the Seneca Valley game – they knew whom to stop. But Oakland also placed high importance on the transition.
“We’d been practicing a lot of transition scoring,” said Boyle. “In transition, I feel that was something that had not yet come together for us this season. So we really started to focus on a transition game – and our players showed us they were ready to play.”
Oakland’s Mara Fitzgerald scored 17 points in the game and went 6-for-6 from the foul line. Teammate Madison Caulfield scored 12 points on her three-point shooting skills. Further, senior Rachel Kroner has returned to the Oakland lineup after more than a year of absence due to a concussion.
“She has been out since last October with a concussion,” Boyle said about Kroner. “She tried to come back last year but wasn’t fully healed. She’s been really fighting and working hard and seeing a lot of specialists to be able to make it back sometime during her senior year. She was just cleared last week.. just to see her play and see and be successful in the [Seneca Valley] game.. it was a really great week for us,” said Boyle.
Oakland finished out the week with Chartiers Valley on Thursday. Game results as well as current records can be found on the WPIAL 2012-13 girls’ basketball page at Post-Gazette NOW.
The Eagles finish the regular season tonight against nonsection rival Seton-LaSalle.