Lady Greyhounds set to turn up the tempo against Gissendanner, Clairton
The top-seeded Lady Greyhounds (21-5) meet second-seeded Clairton (17-9) in the WPIAL title game at Duquesne’s A.J. Palumbo Center tonight (tip-off 5 p.m.).
The game will feature a showdown of two of the state’s premier young players in Clairton’s Kamela Gissendanner, a 6-1 sophomore (24.3 ppg) and Monessen’s Charel Allen, a 5-10 freshman (22.8 ppg).
While Corley knows his team will have to figure out a way to handle Gissendanner, he says that the Lady Bears better be concerned with his team, too.
‘It’s not going to be a game of shutting (Gissendanner) down,’ Corley said. ‘It’s going to be whether they can shut us down. I just don’t think they are as quick as we are, but we’ll see. The team that is in better shape will win and we’re definitely going to try and run them.’
Gissendanner, who is among the top scorers in all the WPIAL, is no stranger to the Lady Greyhounds. Monessen played against Clairton twice last season and has scouted the team this season.
‘Gissendanner is probably 80 percent of their offense,’ said Corley. ‘If you shut her down, then you can win. We’re not going to do anything different than we have been doing. We’ll see if she can run for four quarters.’
Corley thinks that a one-player team will have a tough time beating Monessen.
‘Everybody talks about Gissendanner, but I think that Charel is just as good,’ Corley said. ‘It’s just that Charel has more players around her. Don’t forget we have Nychole Whitlock, who can score 20 points. And Erica Yuschak didn’t score against Rochester, but she can explode for 15 points in the next game.’