BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Continuing a late-season playoff push, Padua’s basketball team picked up a big win the afternoon of Feb. 15 at Concord. The Pandas took a large lead early on and never looked back in a 57-15 win over Concord in their final road contest of the regular season.
With her team playing for the third consecutive day, coach Sheila DiNardo took advantage of her team’s fortune to get the entire roster significant time on the floor. The Pandas struggled from the floor the first few trips down the floor, but Maggie Schulte got the scoring started with a follow shot. The Raiders knotted the score on two Carli Marsilii free throws, but that was the last time the game would be tied.
After missing multiple shots on two possessions, starter Michelle Kozicki entered the contest and paid immediate dividends. Kozicki was fouled on a third-chance basket, and she completed the three-point play. After a Paige Kenton free throw, Kozicki went inside again and scored. She was fouled on that play as well, and she made that free throw. Another follow shot for the junior forward made the score 11-2, and a Padua steal led to another Kozicki field goal.
Hannah Dawson ended the run, but Haley Scott joined the scoring for the Pandas after that. She picked up a steal and went in for a layup, then repeated that at the buzzer. The Pandas’ lead was 17-4 after one.
Padua continued to dominate inside in the second quarter, leading to a bunch of free throws. The Pandas scored four of their 10 second-quarter points from the free throw line, three of those by Skylar Salvo. The field goals came from Natalia Frabizzio on a long bank shot, Haley Truver after a steal, and Schulte on a follow.
Padua scored 30 more points in the second half while holding the Raiders to four.
Final statistics were not available late Friday night. The Pandas, winners of four of their last five, are now 11-8. They host St. Elizabeth on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. for senior night and the regular-season finale.
Concord, with a roster that included five freshmen and three sophomores – and no seniors – finished its season with a 4-15 record.