PITTSBURGH — On Saturday afternoon, Blackhawk took down Knoch by a score of 55-35 behind a 22-point effort from Quinn Borroni at the Petersen Events Center.
Borroni, a junior guard, scored 14 in the second half en route to the championship blowout. However, there was not always a 20-point margin between the two teams.
Knoch went into the half up by four, 22-18, as the two teams both struggled to put points on the board early.
“I think the first half might have been just a little bit shaky,” Borroni said. “But I knew coming into the second half, the nerves check away. We have always heard that our whole lives: ‘Keep shooting and it’s going to go in.’ The confidence in everybody that we have in each other. I was confident no matter who was going to shoot it, that it was going to go in.”
The Cougars then came out of the halftime gates on fire, taking the lead and all of the game’s momentum with a 14-3 run spanning from the third quarter into the fourth.
Borroni added nine of her 22 points in the last quarter, and the Cougars had sealed the championship victory and had improved to 24-0 on the year.
“It’s such a special moment for us,” Borroni added after the game. “Our late coach, Bob Amalia, his number was 24. This is our 24th win, and we went undefeated. It’s just amazing to win it with our teammates but to also honor his legacy.”
Behind Borroni, Alena Fusetti drained five of her seven field goals for 14 points.
On the other end, point guard Nina Shaw led the Knights with 13 points on 4-for-18 shooting. Madilyn Boyer added eight, and both Karlee Buterbaugh and Naturelle Ewing scored seven in the loss.
Knoch struggled mightily to shoot the ball, going just 4 for 20 from three-point range, and 11-41 overall.