Monday night’s non-conference girls basketball game between Edgewood and St. John came was so close that neither team managed to extend its lead beyond five points at anypoint of the night.
Games that close often come down to the little things, and Monday’s came down to foul shooting. Edgewood only made four trips to the charity stripe all night compared to St. John’s 23 attempts, but the Heralds managed to put only 10 of their 23 free throws through the hoop and found themselves on the wrong end of 39-35 score as the final buzzer sounded.
“We need to spend more time shooting free throws, it really came down to that,” Heralds coach Nick Iarocci said.
Following two foul shots by Sydney Carpenter, the Heralds (0-1) jumped out to a 31-28 lead early into the final frame.
But then, following an Edgewood (1-2) foul shot, Warriors freshman Sidney Melaragno made two 3-pointers in the span of 25 seconds to recapture the Warriors lead.
Edgewood finished the game on an 11-4 run to pick up its first win of the season after previous losses to Pymatuning Valley and LaBrae.
“First win, that’s important,” Edgewood coach Paul Stofan said. “You build off those things. It was a great game tonight, a lot of people came off the bench and contributed.”
Six different Warriors scored on the night, led by Melaragno’s 12 — all of which came behind the three-point arc.
Faythe Diemer orchestrated Edgewood’s offense throughout most of the evening and finished with a game-high five assists. She also stepped up to the foul line with a three-point lead and 35 seconds remaining and made both to essentially clinch her team’s first win.
“Faythe made key foul shots down the stretch,” Stofan said. “She’s our glue to the whole team.”
While Monday night marked Edgewood’s first win in three tries, it was also the Heralds’ season opener.
Despite Paradie walking the ball up and letting it rip for a 3-pointer in the games first possession, St. John started slow and finished the first quarter with only six points.
“I was a little concerned with it being our first game and Edgewood’s third game,” Iarocci said. “I think it showed in the first half, we were a little rusty, but credit to Edgewood, they played well.”