North Xtra: Vincentian delights in WPIAL championship victory against rival North Catholic

WPIAL CLASS A GIRLS BASKETBALL FINAL
March 8, 2012 12:01 am
  • Vincentian teammates celebrate the Royals' victory against North Catholic in the WPIAL Class A girls championship at the Palumbo Center Saturday.
    Vincentian teammates celebrate the Royals' victory against North Catholic in the WPIAL Class A girls championship at the Palumbo Center Saturday.
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Vincentian Academy girls basketball coach Ron Moncrief presides over a high-scoring team that isn't afraid to shoot from long distance.

With few exceptions, the Royals have the green light to shoot ... from anywhere.

Vincentian made nine 3-pointers in both the WPIAL Class A semifinal and final last week, setting -- and tying -- a record for a WPIAL Class A postseason game.

But for all the Royals' straight shooters and impressive shooting performances this season, it's difficult to imagine any player showed she had as much of the proverbial ice water in her veins than Laura Primyon did Saturday.

Primyon, a senior, made four 3-pointers in the final 6:15 of the game, igniting Vincentian's comeback from a 10-point deficit for a 54-50 victory against rival North Catholic in the WPIAL title game at the Palumbo Center.

"She's been doing that all year," Moncrief said. "Any time we needed a big shot, she delivered. She's not someone who's afraid to step up and shoot, so any time she's open, I want her to shoot the ball. She's a great shooter."

For her part, Primyon was speechless about her late-game performance.

"That was just awesome, just awesome," she said. "A great way to end the game ... just ... awesome. That's all I can say. It was great."

Primyon entered the stretch having scored only one point through more than three quarters and with Vincentian trailing, 44-34. She made her second 3-pointer on the next possession to cut the Trojanettes' lead to six, then again on the next possession after a North Catholic two-point field goal to pull the Royals to within five.

Her final 3-pointer came after a missed free throw was tipped out to her, capping what was, in effect, a five-point possession for Vincentian with 1:41 left. That made the score 50-50 -- only the second (and final) time the game was tied. The Royals took their first lead with 55 seconds to play.

"Oh my gosh, I wanted to give her a big hug after every one of [those 3-pointers]," senior guard Noreen Fischer said. "She's probably the best 3-point shooter on our team. We focused on shooting this whole week -- it wasn't conditioning or anything like that. It was just the mental side of the game and shooting. And she came up big."


First Published 2012-03-07 23:39:11

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