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Plum basketball draws “halftime speeches” from game against North Catholic

Written by Cara De Carlo on .

It was December 28 – they day after the Mustangs took a tough loss to a young-but-talented North Allegheny team. It was North Allegheny’s Christmas tournament, and Plum did not want to go home in last place.

They didn’t.

“We came out the next day against North Catholic,” said head coach Bernie Pucka. The Plum team was familiar with North Catholic’s reputation and the abilities of senior guard Lauren Wolosik.

But the Mustangs made the decision as a team not to let the previous day’s loss rattle them. Plum won the game 65-32.

“We got on the floor, we were scrappy, and we said we weren’t going to finish last in the tournament… these kind of things are the things I can turn back to and draw from in a halftime speech,” said Pucka.

“The highlight of our season was the way they responded to North Catholic at North Allegheny,” Pucka summarized. “If we play like that we’re a difficult team to beat.”

Since that December 28 springboard, Plum’s used the “don’t let yesterday color today” mentality to win games after losses. On Tuesday versus Franklin Regional, Plum won after taking a tough one to Fox Chapel the Friday before.

Three Mustangs scored in the triple digits during the 61-48 showing versus Franklin. Krista Pietropola shot for 19 points, Courtney Zezza had 16, and Allie Weifenbaugh had 12.

Plum played Shaler on Wednesday and Woodland Hills on Friday. Game results and current records can be found on the WPIAL 2012-13 girls’ basketball page at Post-Gazette NOW.

Plum plays next at McKeesport tomorrow night. This is a Section 2-AAAA game.