Seton-LaSalle Again Drops Rival Bishop Canevin For Girls AA Title

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Friday, February 27, 2015 | 8:22 PM


When Seton-LaSalle needed their two best players to come through, that is exactly what they did. It was just in separate halves.
 
Cleveland State recruit Nicolete Newman scored all 16 of her points in the first half and long-time teammate and Pitt recruit Cassidy Walsh scored all nine of her points in the second half to lead the No. 1 Rebels (19-7) to a 51-35 win over No. 6 Bishop Canevin (16-10) on Friday night at the Petersen Events Center.
 
The win is the seventh in the history of the Seton-LaSalle program, second in a row and fourth in the last five years.

The 17th meeting between the two Catholic school rivals in the last five seasons was not close for long, as the Rebels built a 15-8 first quarter lead thanks to eight of Newman’s 16 points. She would add eight more in the second quarter and go into the half with 16 points behind four three-pointers. But the second quarter story was more about the Seton-LaSalle defense, which held the Crusaders to just two points in the frame and took a 28-10 lead to intermission.

Bishop Canevin would attempt a rally in the second half, once cutting the Rebels’ lead to 13 behind Sarah Green’s game-high 17 points and Brionna Allen scoring nine of her eleven points in the second half.

But Walsh, who added nine rebounds, would heat up and receive some scoring help from senior center and Slippery Rock recruit Morgan Henderson (11 points, 8 rebounds) and junior point guard Shaunay Edmonds, who scored six of her seven points in the second half.

For Newman and Walsh, the win is a sweet finish to illustrious careers in which they have won 103 games, three WPIAL AA Championships and two PIAA Championships. The two have played together since “before fourth grade,” according to Newman.

The win was the third this season for Seton-LaSalle over Bishop Canevin and the second Championship win for the Rebels over the Crusaders in the last four years.

The good news for the Crusaders is that they will lose only one senior and no starters to graduation. Bishop Canevin started two freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors in the first Championship Game at the Peterson Events Center since 2006.

With the win, Seton-LaSalle will be the top seed from the WPIAL in the PIAA Playoffs and will meet the District Six Third Place Finisher Westmont Hilltop next Friday at a site and time to be determined. Bishop Canevin will play the District 10 Third Place Finisher, either Cambridge Springs or Franklin.

Scoring by Quarter:
SLS: 15-13-10-13=51
BC: 8-2-12-13=35
 

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