SV boys snap out of skid
Raider girls fall to Butler, 31-25
Butler Eagle
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February 11, 2013

BUTLER TWP — Seneca Valley in a slide? Coach Victor Giannotta won’t hear of it.

The Raiders snapped a four-game section losing streak Friday night with a 57-52 boys basketball win at Butler, taking the lead for good with 3:48 left in the contest.

“Three of those section losses came to New Castle, North Allegheny and Hampton, three excellent teams,” Giannotta argued. “And we were 3-4 in our last seven games coming into tonight.

“I don’t consider that a slide, a slump, anything like that.”

His team backed him up with its play Friday.

The lead changed hands for the sixth time in the Raiders’ regular season finale when senior guard Easton Bazzoli sank a layup with 3:48 remaining for a 46-45 advantage.

Coming out of a timeout, Bazzoli stole the inbounds pass and jammed it home for a sudden three-point edge. Butler never got closer the rest of the way.

“A huge play,” Giannotta said of the steal. “Easton made a basketball play there. It turned the momentum.”

Bazzoli said he had anticipated making that play all night.

“I came close a few times, just missed it,” he said. “On that one, I was able to read the play and step in front of the pass.

“We needed something to turn this game. That felt good.”

Seneca Valley (15-7, 8-6) was able to seal the win at the foul line, hitting nine of 11 free throws in the final quarter.

“Once they got the lead, they widened it and closed the deal,” Butler coachMatt Clement said. “That’s what good teams do.”

Matt Darby sank both ends of a one-and-one with 2:50 left. After a steal and layup by Butler’s Arum Krause cut the gap to 50-47, Bazzoli snared an offensive rebound off a missed one-and-one, got fouled and sank both free throws for a five-point lead with 1:26 to play.

Bazzoli tallied 18 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists on the night. R.J. McCauley contributed 12 points and four rebounds.

“McCauley is one of the most underrated players in this section,” Clement said.

Zach Snyder came off the bench to grab six rebounds for the Raiders.

Arum Krause had 17 points and three steals to pace Butler (5-15, 2-12), which dropped its eighth straight game. Dom Pusateri had 12 points, five assists and three steals, Seth Cook 11 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Tornado.

Seneca Valley finished with the fourth and final playoff spot in Section 3-AAAA and will learn its first-round opponent at Tuesday’s WPIAL pairings meeting.

Butler 31, Seneca Valley (girls) 25 — The Lady Raiders (8-12, 4-8) were eliminated from playoff contention with this Friday night loss.

Seneca Valley managed only three field goals in the first three quarters and was shut out in the third, but still trailed only 16-11 entering the final period. The halftime score was 11-11.

“I never felt like we were out of this game,” SV coach Rob Lombardo said. “We missed a bunch of layups in the first half. If we make half of them, we’re up six or eight points at halftime.

“We held North Allegheny to 40 points and they’re our section champion. Butler finished second and we held them to 31. I’ll put our defense up against anyone’s.”

Paige Montrose came off the bench to score six points in the final quarter and was the Raiders’ leading scorer. Abbie Trzeciak had seven rebounds, Montrose five in a losing cause.

Butler (13-9, 9-3) had the game’s only double-digit scorer in Mackenzie O’Donnell. She scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter.

“We denied her the ball and she still beat us late. That’s why she’s one of the best players in the section,” Lombardo said. “She’s a go-to player offensively. Every team in this section has one of those but us.”

O’Donnell had nine rebounds and Cait Baxter grabbed seven for the Golden Tornado.

The teams combined to sink eight of 48 shots from the field through the first three quarters.

Kaitlyn Eagle is the lone senior on SV’s roster. The Raiders have two non-section games remaining.



Zach Snyder 0-4 0-0 0, Matt Darby 2-4 2-2 6, Easton Bazzoli 6-14 4-4 18, Mike Smith 3-4 2-2-3 8, TJ Holl 2-6 0-0 5, Eric Woods 2-4 3-5 8, R.J. McCauley 4-10 3-3 12, Taylor Mantick 0-0 0-0 0, Chad Izenas 0-1 0-0 0, Kyle Schneider 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-47 14-17 57.


Dom Pusateri 4-12 2-2 12, Seth Cook 4-4 3-3 11, Keenan Krause 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Neudorfer 0-4 0-0 0, Arum Krause 7-13 1-1 17, Nick Patten 3-6 0-1 8, Seth Horwat 1-2 0-0 2, Luke Tincha 1-1 0-0 2, Mark Gross 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Cratty 0-2 0-0 0, Andrew Paterno 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 20-45 6-8 52.

Seneca Valley 20 8 9 20—57

Butler12 16 12 12—52

3-point goals: Bazzoli 2, Holl, Woods, McCauley; Pusateri 2, A.Krause 2, Patten 2

JV: Seneca Valley, 36-35 (SV: Zach Snyder 10; B: Nick Patten 12)

Monday: Butler at South Fayette



Kaityln Eagle 0-8 0-0 0, Jane Vandrak 1-4 0-0 2, Meghan Hess 1-5 0-0 3, Katie Brown 0-2 0-0 0, Hanna Parey 2-3 0-0 5, Paige Montrose 3-6 0-2 6, Lexus Lambert 1-2 2-2 5, Melissa Carter 0-1 2-2 2, Abbie Trzeciak 1-7 0-0 2, Alexa Sisko 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 9-41 4-6 25.


Alyssa DiPippa 1-2 3-5 5, Natalie Barkus 2-7 0-0 5, Mackenzie O’Donnell 2-5 8-10 12, Sam Marak 0-2 2-7 2, Morgan Pfabe 0-0 0-0 0, Cait Baxter 1-6 3-4 5, Kaylynn Callihan 0-1 0-0 0, Julia Baxter 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 7-25 16-25 31.

Seneca Valley 2 9 0 14—25

Butler7 4 5 15—31

3-point goals: Hess, Pare, Lambert; Barkus

JV: Butler, 36-29 (SV: Melissa Carter 13; B: Alyssa DiPippa 10, Julia Baxter 8)

Saturday: Hopewell at Seneca Valley