STEUBENVILLE — Katie Zatta and Clara Symington celebrated senior night by combining for 33 points as Catholic Central rolled to a 52-28 victory over Toronto Wednesday inside the Mickey Barber Gymnasium.
Zatta connected five times from behind the arc in posting a game-high 21 points. Symington finished with 12 (she was a perfect 6 for 6 from the charity stripe) and recorded a double-double by snaring 11 rebounds.
“I am so happy that our two seniors really stepped up and led our team tonight,” said Central coach Jess Looman. “We rely a lot on Katie and she continues to deliver. Clara keeps getting better and better. She has come such a long way in just two seasons.
“We had a great environment in our gym tonight. Our fans were really into it from the start and I want to thank them for coming out to support our team. It was great to celebrate our seniors with a victory against one of our rivals.”
With the win, the Crusaders, who remain in the hunt for an OVAC Class 2A playoff berth, improved to 12-3 and completed the season sweep of their Jefferson County foes. The Red Knights fell to 4-12.
Central shot out to a 17-6 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back. Zatta accounted for 13 of those points, knocking down three long range bombs. The Crusaders, who have now won eight straight, were up 26-10 at the break.
“One goal we have game in and game out is to start strong,” Looman said. “We were able to do that tonight and we also were able to get points in transition. Katie just really had her shot gong in that first quarter.
“Toronto’ offense really made our defense work hard and as the game went along, the girls were able to make some adjustments. Anytime you can hold a team under 30 points, you have to be happy as a coach.”
Looman’s club outscored their guests 26-18 in the second half.
Three-pointers by Zatta and Theresa Kerker fueled Central’s offense in the third quarter while Symington accounted for eight of the 10 Crusader points during the fourth.
Kerker joined Zatta and Symington in double figures with 10 points. Central finished with seven triples.
Abby Liddick, the lone senior on Toronto’s roster paced her team with 13 points. Tatum Derrington contributed 7 and Jenna Anderson 6.
“I was pretty happy with how we played missing the people that we were missing (the Red Knights were without regulars Maryn Donnelly and Andrea Reeves),” said Toronto coach Rusty Hodgkiss. “We had kids step up and fill those roles. Maryn is a big part of what we do. I thought Michelle Anderson played a great game and Abby picked up the scoring. Tatum also played well for us tonight.
“We just couldn’t find a way to stop Central from making shots. I’m not sure how many 3s they made but it felt like 74. We think Central is a pretty good team and they showed that tonight.
“All in all, I’m proud of the way we competed. We had a couple of runs at Central that we usually don’t have. Usually, they come out and dominate us and we kind of let them. Tonight, we made a couple of runs and cut the lead to nine but then they went nuts and hit more 3-pointers.”
Looman complimented the Red Knights “for always being ready to play.”
“Rusty’s teams play physical and tough,” she said. “Liddick really had a nice shooting night and really kept our defense on its toes.”
Before the game, Symington, who is in her second year of playing basketball, and Zatta, a four-year member of the program, were honored. Toronto’s Liddick also was recognized.
“I can’t say enough about our two seniors,” Looman said. “They are outstanding individuals from great families and just a joy to coach. Katie has really worked hard to improve her game and her hard work has paid off. We wish Clara would have joined us sooner but we are fortunate to have her as part of the program and she has really contributed.”
Both teams are idle until Monday.
The Crusaders will entertain Buckeye Local while Toronto hosts Harrison Central.
Catholic Central 52, Toronto 28
Toronto 6 4 12 6 — 28
Central 17 9 16 10 — 52
TORONTO (4-12): Derrington 3 1-2 7; Liddick 6 0-0 13; M. Anderson 1 0-1 2; C. Anderson 0 0-0 0; Crago 0 0-0 0; Allen 0 0-0 0; J. Anderson 3 0-0 6; A. Thomas 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13 1-3 28.
CENTRAL (12-3): Zatta 7 2-2 21; Cherepko 0 0-0 0; Symington 3 6-6 12; Walker 0 0-0 0; Rohde 0 0-0 0; Gibas 0 0-0 0; Kerker 4 0-0 10; O’Karma 2 0-0 4; T. Marcino 0 0-0 0; Arai 2 1-2 5; Maragos 0 0-0 0; A. Marcino 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 18 9-110 52.
3-POINT GOALS: Toronto (Liddick); Central 7 (Zatta 5; Kerker 2)