St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy coach Katie Sosnoskie said her team will use Monday night’s District 6 Class A semifinal game against Juniata Valley as a learning experience.
Juniata Valley rolled past the Lady Wolves 69-23 at Huntingdon High School to advance to the district championship game. St. Joseph’s will to return to action in a consolation game against Portage on Wednesday night at a site and time to be determined, playing for a spot in the PIAA playoffs.
“They ran away with the game a bit,” Sosnoskie said of Juniata Valley. “I’m really proud of our girls. We bounce back. We’re going to play on Wednesday. We’re excited about the opportunity for our first time in program history to go to states. We’re just focused right now on getting ready for our next opponent.”
Juniata Valley took control from the start Monday night against the third-seeded Lady Wolves, who were coming off their first-ever playoff win last Thursday. Juniata Valley led 8-0 less than two minutes into the game and led 16-0 before St. Joseph’s got on the board with a pair of free throws with 3:34 left in the first quarter.
Juniata Valley forced turnover after turnover, leading to easy buckets in transition to add to the lead. The Hornets return an experienced roster from the team that reached the state championship game a year ago, and the Lady Wolves didn’t have an answer Monday night.
“They do a phenomenal job,” Sosnoskie said of Juniata Valley. “They were runner-up in the state last year. Their coaching staff does a tremendous job. They were experienced, and they’ve been there before.”
The Lady Wolves still have a chance to join Juniata Valley in the PIAA tournament.
And they’ll turn their focus to Wednesday night’s consolation game with a chance to extend their season and make more history.
“We’re excited that our season isn’t over,” Sosnoskie said. “We still have a game on Wednesday.”
Note: SJCA’s Denaya Poston-Cooper missed Monday night’s game due to a knee injury.