by PJ Dumnich
In their third matchup of the year, number three seed Pitt-Greensburg and number two seed Pitt-Bradford faced off in the AMCC semi-finals on Friday, February 27.
If this team were to succeed, they would have to rely heavily upon the seniors that Coach Erin Eaton said “are incredible young women who gave their all to our program.”
Similar to their previous matches, the first half remained close, but it was Pitt-Bradford that held the lead heading to the second half, by a score of 21-27.
Seeking her 1,000th point of her career one game after Kayla Dames did so, Morgan Biddle led the Bobcats in first half points with a total of 11.
Biddle’s milestone point would come on the foul line, where she put her team up by a score of 41-39, with 7:05 remaining.
A period of back-and-forth play, that included a tying three pointer by Emily Nelson, followed.
In fitting fashion, Biddle found herself at the free-throw line once again. Her team was down by a score of 48-49, with :01 remaining on the clock.
With all of the pressure in the world on her back, Biddle sunk both of her shots to lead the Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats onto the AMCC Championship game.
In the championship, Pitt-Greensburg played the underdog role against the number one see, La Roche College.
After initially trailing in the early minutes of the first half, the Bobcats went on a 17-6 run to put themselves up by 10 with less than nine minutes left.
This lead would all but vanish by halftime, though as La Roche led Pitt-Greensburg by a score of 31-28.
The Bobcats, led by Biddle (18 pts) Dames (11 pts), Nelson (8 pts), and Brittany Butterworth (7 pts), gave it their best shot in the second half, but La Roche’s lead would never vanish.
With the victory, La Roche improved to 22-5 on the season, and were granted an NCAA tournament bid.
Despite the loss for the Bobcats, they still had a successful season with a record of 18-10, thanks in large part to the senior class.
These seniors were the coach’s first recruiting class, and Eaton said that “they arrived to Pitt-Greensburg with a desire and dedication to return our program to championship caliber.”
The team has improved each and every year that these seniors have been a part of the program, and considering that they made it to the championship in their final year, it is safe to say that they accomplished their goal.
Eaton “could never thank them enough for their leadership, perseverance, passion, and guts.”
“Words could never fully explain what they’ve meant to [this Bobcats] program.”
Although they’re losing a vastly important part of their team, the Bobcats are in good hands next year with the underclassman, and they hope to get fan support all year long just as they did in the playoffs.