Roncalli Wins Regional Title 42-32 Over Mooresville PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rosemarie Kelly   
Sunday, 17 February 2013 03:47

By Rosemarie Kelly

UPDATE: Roncalli will play Bedford North Lawrence at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Bedford North Lawrence.

It's Final Four time for the Roncalli girls basketball team - they are headed to semi-state action. The Rebels earned its first regional title in Class 4A Saturday by finally pulling away from a pesky Mooresville team in the fourth quarter, beating the 18th-ranked Pioneers 42-32 at Decatur Central.

Freshman Lindsey Corsaro stepped up and led the Rebels' scoring attack with 17 points. She made big plays and kept the Rebels game in the second and third quarters as Roncalli struggle thanks to tough defensive play from the Pioneers. Senior Bridget Perry also stepped up in the fourth quarter, hitting 5-of 6 free throws in the game's final minute to seal the win.




"Lindsey was great down the stretch again," said Roncalli coach April Schilling. She plays like a veteran. Both she and Bridget have stepped up all year when we needed them.

The Rebels started the game slowly, not hitting their first field goal until 2:57 left in the first quarter. Roncalli trailed 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, and battled to a 16-16 tie at the half. Neither the Rebels or the Pioneers could get an offensive rhythm in the first half due to strong defensive play by both squads.

"The kids were too amped up to start the game and they were just pressing too hard and not finishing plays. We had no easy looks and Mooresville is a very skilled team fundamentally," Schilling said.

"We need to attack more," Corsaro said. "We played passive to see what (Mooresville) was going to do. Once we got into a rhythm and started to execute, we played better."

That they did. The tide began turning in the third quarter as Roncalli jumped out to a quick 21-16 lead  on a jumper from Perry and a layup and free throw from Elizabeth Bowers. Mooresville charged back and came to within one point 23-22 and then tied the game at 25-25 on a three-point shot by Lauren McBryar with 2:15 to go in the third quarter. That's when Roncalli started to pull away while Mooresville's shots wouldn't fall and they turned the ball over twice early in the fourth quarter.

Perry, Corsaro and point guard Kellie Kirkhoff all loomed large in the fourth quarter. Kirkhoff scored six of her nine points in the fourth quarter. Perry added 12 points for the Rebels while Bowers had 7.

The Rebels will face a tall order next week: they will face undefeated and No. 2 ranked Bedford North Lawrence in the semi state. Bedford North Lawrence defeated Franklin Central 58-51. The semi-state location is yet to be determined; the game will be played at Richmond or Bedford.





1955 - Forrest Albertson is named MVP for Sacred Heart for the the week by the Kiwanis Club.

1965 - Harold Quiesser scores TD as Chatarnd beats Pike 19-0 in football action.

1975 - Franklin Central gets past Rebels 15-12, 8-15, 15-10 in girls volleyball match.

1985 - Rebels finish second in a three-way boys cross country meet.

1995 - Roncalli downs Beech Grove 15-10, 15-10 in girls volleyball action.

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