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2003/2004 Basketball



Coach Grybowski -- Coach of the Year
by Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review

Jeleesa Sams named Third Team All-State, to Post-Gazette
WPIAL AAAA Fabulous Five and
First Team Section 3 and
Tribune-Review's All AAAA Second Team

Maria Joseph named First Team Section 3

Lady Canes magical season over 45-43 to Bethel Park
The Canes never led in a game in which they couldn't buy a bucket in the first period. New Castle tied the game at 16 in the second quarter and trailed by as much as eight during the second half.
But trailing by six with 33 seconds left Jaleah Robinson hit a 'three' and was fouled on the floor after the shot. The Canes were in the double bonus and Robinson made both free throws for a 'five point play' to get the Canes within one 41-40. Bethel Park made two free throws then after a Canes' turnover and a steal back, Maria Joseph hit a long 'three' to tie the game  at 43 with 11.9 seconds to play. However the Blackhawks scored with about five seconds left to claim the victory.

Lady Canes move on in PIAA playoffs
Beat Butler 44-38   
NC News Story

Lady Canes shut down Oakland Catholic 36-32
The Canes trailed only once, after the Eagles first basket, 2-0. Natalie Wallace tied the game and New Castle never looked back holding Oakland Catholic to just three points in the first quarter, five in the second and just nine in the third. The Lady Red Hurricanes survived a fourth quarter barrage of 'threes' with clutch free throw shooting in the last minute of play by Maria Joseph (3 of 4), Jelessa Sams (3 of 4), and Ashley Wise (1 of 2), to top #1 ranked and defending State Champion Eagles.

Photos from post game celebration

NSN Sports story   Post-Gazette Story   Tribune-Review Story

Lady Red Hurricanes to play for WPIAL Championship vs Oakland Catholic
Saturday 2/28 3:00pm @ Palumbo Center

Game time changed from 6:00pm to 3:00pm
AAAA Brackets

Lady Canes
sink Chartiers Valley 37-34
Post-Gazette Story

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New Castle’s Ashley Wise battles Chartiers Valley’s Lauren Revesz

Trubune-Review photo

Post-Gazette article about Lady Canes' program click here

Girls ranked #10 in the State

Lady Canes reach WPIAL semi-finals
Belt #2 seed Bethel Park 42-33

Ashley Wise scored 17 and Jelessa Sams had 14 for the Canes. New Castle's defense forced 24 turnovers.

Girls play the winner of Chartiers Valley & Hempfield

Boys and Girls both qualify for State Playoffs with wins

Lady Canes
top Laurel Highlands 55-44
NC News Story
AAAA Brackets

Girls seeded #10 - face Laurel Highlands
Tuesday 2/17 6:00 pm @ North Hills HS

   Season standings

Lady Canes fall to Butler 44-41
NC News Story
Final Section 3 standings

Lady Canes ranked fourth by P-G

Lady Canes back on winning track 48-40 over Shaler  NC News Story

Girls fall 42-41 to N. Allegheny NC News Story

Lady Canes rally for Section win over Pine-Richland 48-45

Twin killing at the Field House
Girls crush Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 65-38
Boys beat Penn Hills 73-67 in overtime
Game Story

Hurricanes sweep two from Tornadoes
Girls win 52-45 to gain second place tie in Section.
NC News story

Boys blow out Butler 60-47 to stay in playoff race.

NC News story

Lady Canes Indiana Tournament champs - top host Indiana 60-53 for title
The girls beat Williamsburg in the first round.

Lady Canes back on track with 52-39 win over Shaler  NC News story

Canes Girls edged 53-46 NC News story

Lady Canes ranked 4th by the P-G

Lady Canes beat Blackhawk  48-41
NC News story

Girls easily beat Sharon 64-33 NC News story

Pine-Richland edges Lady Canes 57-52
P-G report

Lady Canes still perfect 59-29 over Center
NC News story

Tribune-Review ranks Lady Canes #5

Girls 6-0 with section win over Seneca Valley 62-30

Lady Canes top Beaver 57-47

Canes girls rout Mohawk 69-22 NC News story

Lady Canes take Tip Off title with 53-35 win over Mars
Ashley Wise scored 17 to lead the Hurricanes past Mars to the tournament title. Jalessa Sams added 15. Wise was the tournament MVP while Sams and Jaleah Robinson were on the All-Tourney Team.  Scoring summary

Lady Canes advance to Tip Off finals

Hurricanes boys ranked #2 preseason by the Post-Gazette P-G story &
#4 by the Tribune-Review
Devin Taylor noted as a player to watch

P-G rankings  Tribune rankings

Incredibly girls not!  P-G story  P-G rankings

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