Mars girls gearing up for WPIAL tournament – Butler Eagle

Playoff-bound

Mars’ Alexis Cashdollar will get high-fives from the bench because the Planets deal with New Citadel in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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ADAMS TWP — It has been a curler coaster of a season for the Mars ladies basketball workforce, however one which has landed the Planets in a really acquainted spot for this system.

Mars’ Amanda Lane goes up for a layup in opposition to tight protection from New Citadel’s Rihanna Boice in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars wrapped up the Part 2-5A schedule with a dominating 59-32 victory at house Thursday in opposition to New Citadel. The Planets face Montour in a non-section sport Monday and can then put together for the WPIAL playoffs. Mars has not missed postseason play this century.

Whereas the workforce has not gained greater than two video games in a row this season, Mars (11-10, 7-5) has additionally not misplaced greater than two straight.

“All yr, we’ve been preaching a constant effort, vitality and communication on each ends of the ground to the women,” stated first-year Planets coach Zach Stitt. “After we’re enjoying properly, we’ve gotten these issues, however with a youthful workforce, generally it will get shut off like a change and that’s after we get in hassle.”

The beginning lineup contains senior Ava Day, juniors Vita Vargo and Carmella McDole and sophomores Alexis Cashdollar and Cecilia Christy.

High reserves are juniors Grace Zatezalo, Gianna DeLisio and sophomore Mya Moore.

Nearly all of the juniors seeing enjoying time moved into way more expanded roles from final yr.

As a three-year start line guard, Vargo has been a steadying pressure.

“All of us need to believe,” she stated. “I’ve been a frontrunner since my freshman yr and may help with that. I wish to contribute as a lot as I can.”

Vargo leads the workforce with 13 factors per sport, adopted by Christy (10.5) and Cashdollar (9.5).

Christy and Moore each stand 6 ft.

“With our size and measurement, we may give individuals issues, however once more, protection has been on and off for us,” stated Stitt. “We now have some ladies who’ve playoff expertise. Clearly Vita and to an extent Ava and Alexis, however the remainder of the workforce will likely be experiencing the playoffs for the primary time. Getting them that have is essential.

“We’re simply taking it at some point at a time.”

Vargo is aware of what the workforce must do to win within the playoffs.

“We have to enhance our shot choice and need to work collectively,” she stated. “We’re getting higher with that.”

NEW CASTLE 32

Layla Ott 1 0-0 3, Raegan Hudson 2 0-0 5, Rhiauna Brothers 1 0-2 2, Janessa Griffin 0 2-4 2, Rihanna Boice 7 4-4 18, Ahlaina Armstrong 0 2-4 2. Totals: 11 8-14 32.

MARS 59

Vita Vargo 8 2-3 21, Carmella McDole 4 0-0 8, Cecilia Christy 4 2-4 10, Ava Day 1 1-1 3, Alexis Cashdollar 4 1-1 9, Mya Moore 1 0-0 2, Gianna DeLisio 1 0-0 2, Vivian Black 1 0-0 2, Tess McGrath 1 0-0 2, Amanda Lape 0 0-2 0. Totals: 25 6-11 59.

New Citadel 6 8 1 17 — 32

Mars 22 15 18 4 — 59

3-point targets: Mars 3 (Vargo 3).

Monday: Mars at Montour

Mars’ Grace Zatezalo throws a move to the nook in opposition to New Citadel in a Part 2-5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday evening. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars’ Mara Lerza dribbles on the protection of New Citadel’s Layla Ott in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars’ London Ayers appears to move in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup in opposition to New Citadel at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars’ Julia Lego goes up for a shot in opposition to New Citadel’s Raegan Hudson in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars’ Mara Lerza dribbles on New Citadel’s Alaina Armstrong in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars’ Julia Lego dribbles to the ring on New Citadel’s Rah’Jare Roberson in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars’ Tess McGrath appears to move in opposition to New Citadel in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars’ Grace Zatezalo runs the offense in opposition to New Citadel in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars’ Vita Vargo checks out of the sport within the fourth quarter with the Planets in full management of a Part 2 Class 5A matchup in opposition to New Citadel at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars’ Alexis Cashdollar goes up for an and-one layup in opposition to New Citadel’s Alaina Armstrong (23) and Rah’Jare Roberson (21) in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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Mars’ Ava Day dribbles to the ring on New Citadel’s Valerie Colon in a Part 2 Class 5A matchup at Mars Excessive Faculty on Thursday. Kyle Prudhomme/Butler Eagle

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