The St. Vincent College women’s basketball team grabbed early control of a Presidents’ Athletic Conference road contest against Bethany (W.Va.) on Saturday and won, 79-58.
With the win, the Bearcats move to 5-0 in the PAC and 9-5 overall while the Bison drop to 2-3 and 3-11.
SVC opened the on Paige Montrose’s putback, and the teams traded the next couple possessions until Madison Kollar (Greater Latrobe High School) drove the left lane and was fouled. Kollar made one of two from the line to give the Bearcats a 3-0 lead.
Bethany tied the game with the contest’s first three-pointer at the 8:15-mark before Montrose gave the lead back to the Bearcats with layup in the right lane. After setting up a screen, Kollar rolled to the left block for a layup and three-point play to give St. Vincent an 8-4 edge with 7:04 to go in the first quarter.
Carlee Kilgus kept the offense going for SVC as she blocked a Bison shot and began the transition offense and went coast-to-coast while completing an and-one opportunity, and the Bearcats extended their lead to nine, 15-6.
The offenses for both teams then began to heat up as both exchanged makes with Stephanie Vaughn nailing a three from the right wing to keep a nine-point lead with 2:02 to go in the opening period. The Bearcats closed the first frame on an 8-2 run and led, 27-15, after one.
Erin Giancola kept the scoring going for SVC as she made back-to-back jumpers in the paint. A few plays later, Bethany hit a three pointer, but St. Vincent responded as Bri Van Volkenburg laid in a floater followed by a free throw shot.
Giancola extend the run to 11-2 with a layup, forcing a Bethany timeout at the 7:24-mark. With a 37-18 lead, Van Volkenburg made two free throws to give her team its biggest lead of the game (21).
Bethany and St. Vincent went a couple minutes without a make, but after a Bethany jumper, Kollar scored seven-straight points to give the Bearcats a 46-22 lead. Kayla Slovenec added a three-point play of her own to increase the lead to 27 with 1:17 to go in the half.
Bethany hit a three 20 seconds later to make the score 49-25, and it remained thats way at halftme.
At 1:41 into the third, Bethany made the first basket of the half with a three-pointer. Just a minute later, Kilgus answered with a three of her followed by a Kollar layup in transition. Lafko stole the ball at mid court and had an uncontested layup to force a Bethany timeout as SVC led, 56-28, with 6:38 on the clock.
After a missed shot by the Bison, Slovenec drove the right lane for a layup and kept the momentum going as stole the ball and went coast-to-coast. Bethany ceased the Bearcats 11-3 run with another three-pointer, but the Bearcats still held a 29-point advantage, 60-31, at the 5:31-mark.
The Bison scored the next four points, but Taylor Boring got on the scoresheet with a trey from the top of the arch. After two minutes, Bethany scored the next basket along with a free throw, but SVC still led, 63-38, with 1:50 to in the third.
Giancola converted two free throws before the Bison made a layup with 50 seconds on the clock. The Bearcats led, 65-40, as the game headed into the final period of regulation.
Bethany began the fourth by scoring the first five points. St. Vincent responded as Giancola made two free throws followed by a Kilgus three in the left corner to make it 70-48 with 6:28 to go.
The Bison scored three of the next five points until Madison Weber grabbed a rebound and converted the putback. Boring followed with a three from the top of the arch with a 77-49 lead.
Bethany scored nine of the final 11 points to set the final.
Kollar paced all scorers with 17 points as Kilgus added 15. The Bearcats forced 24 turnovers with 11 steals. The bench for SVC contributed 33 points as the team scored 22 points off the fast break.
St. Vincent returns home, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday against Waynesburg in PAC play.
ST. VINCENT (79)
Kollar 6-4-17; Kilgus 5-3-15; Lafko 1-0-2; Slovenec 3-1-7; Montrose 2-1-5; Van Volkenburg 2-3-8; Geer 0-0-0; Vaughn 2-2-7; Kallock 0-0-0; Fennell 0-0-0; Boring 2-0-6; Weber 2-0-4; Giancola 3-2-8; Davis 0-0-0. Totals, 28-16(20)—79
BETHANY, W.VA. (58)
Meintel 1-1-3; Murry 1-0-2; Kuhn 3-0-9; Glass 3-0-8; Heap 4-0-8; Dahman 0-2-2; Reynolds 4-5-13; Dobbins 1-0-2; Walker 3-0-9; Morey 1-0-2; Stinnett 0-0-0; Chenot 0-0-0. Totals, 21-8(10)—58
Score by Quarters
St. Vincent 27 22 16 14 — 79 Bethany, W.Va. 15 10 15 18 — 58
Three-point field goals: Kilgus-2, Boring-2, Kollar, Van Volkenburg, Vaughn; Kuhn-3, Walker-3, Glass-2