Crusaders hand Dutchmen 67-47 D9 League setback

ST. MARYS – The Elk County Catholic Crusaders handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch a 67-47 District 9 League setback last night at the ECCHS gym.The Crusaders were able to use a quick start to jump out to an 18-4 lead after the first eight minutes of play. The Dutch were never able to recover as the Crusaders went on for the victory.“We had a good start but I thought we played a little loose in the fourth quarter,” said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub. “We were shooting the ball pretty well and when you make them they are all good shots.”“This team is working hard. We’re scrapping hard. When we make mistakes out inexperience shows but it’s not for a lack of effort,” said Straub. “We have played 11 games and we’re halfway through the season, and other than last week in Punxsy, I think the effort has been good.”The Crusaders were led by Brock McCullough with 23 points on 10 field goals and and a three for six night from the foul line. Clayton Housler had 17 points on six twos, one three and a two for four night from the foul line.The Dutchmen were led by Justin Quiggle with 23 points on five twos, two threes and a seven for eight night from the foul line. Brandon Vollmer and Jimmy Werner were next with six points each.“We’re definitely regressing since early in the season and that’s my responsibility,” said St. Marys coach Mark Guido. “We have to find a way to get the intensity back.”“Give Elk Catholic credit. They played better. They were the better team tonight,” said Guido.The Crusaders took a 4-0 lead on buckets by McCullough and Housler. Werner scored for the Dutch before Elk went on a 12-0 run. Housler scored on a putback with Cappiello hitting a three and converting a three-point play. McCullough and Housler both scored to make it 16-2 with 1:36 left in the quarter. Vollmer sank two foul shots for the Dutch with McCullough making the score 18-4 at the end of the first period.Housler and Shajuan Carrero traded buckets to start the second quarter. Housler hit a two and Devin Constable hit a three as Elk went up 25-6. Sam Guido converted two foul shots before Housler converted two. Brandon Schlimm sank one of two foul shots for Elk. Justin Quiggle then connected on a trifecta. He added three foul shots to cut Elk’s lead to 28-14. Ben Wortman scored on a putback to give Elk the 30-14 lead at the half.Werner made the score 30-16 to start the second half. McCullough made one of two from the foul line and Wortman scored off a steal, 33-16. Quiggle sank two foul shots and Vollmer scored on a putback making the score 33-20. Housler and Quiggle traded buckets before Elk went on a 10-0 run as McCullough scored eight and Cappiello two, 45-22. Quiggle scored twice, 45-26. Housler hit a three and McCullough scored twice as Elk led 52-26 at the end of three quarters.Werner made it 52-28 to start the fourth quarter. Constable hit a three for ECC with Quiggle hitting a two for the Dutch. McCullough scored for Elk. A three by Caleb Bennett and a two by Vollmer made it 57-35 with five minutes left in the game. In the closing minutes the Dutch outscored the Crusaders 12-10 making the final score 67-47 in favor of Elk Catholic.The Crusaders are now 6-5 overall and 2-1 in District 9 League play. They are 2-1 in the AML North Division.The Dutchmen are now 6-6 on the season and are 0-4 in District 9 League play.Elk Catholic will play host to the Curwensville Golden Tide tonight. Junior varsity begins at 6 p.m. with varsity set for 7:30 p.m.St. Marys returns to action tonight when they play host to the Punxsutawney Chucks in a District 9 League game. Junior varsity is set for 6 p.m. with varsity set for 7:30 p.m.