Old Forge was in some serious foul trouble with three starters on the bench. Enter: Teri Vieira.
Vieira saved some of her biggest plays for last week’s PIAA Class A second-round game against Marian Catholic. With three starters on the pine in the second quarter, Vieira led the Blue Devils with three steals to preserve a five-point lead.
Vieira added a deep three to thwart a Marian Catholic run and eventually lifted Old Forge to a 43-39 win at Hazleton Area High School, and a berth in yesterday’s state quarterfinal against Jenkintown.
Rhyan Barnic finished with 13 points on only one field goal. She was 10-of-14 from the charity stripe. Natalie Bieryla had eight points, while Nina Pascolini finished with six. Vieira had five points in the game, but without her defensive efforts in the second quarter, the outcome could have been different.
Marian Catholic had 19 turnovers and scored the first points of the game, but never led again.
The Blue Devils took a 27-21 lead into the fourth, only to see some hot shooting on both sides extend the game. The Fillies outscored Old Forge, 18-16, in the final stanza and climbed within two points twice.
The first time Barnic hit two free throws, Vieira swished her 3 and Tansley added two free throws for the game’s biggest lead, 36-27, with two minutes left.
The Fillies pulled with two again when Savannah Krusinsky cashed in a 3-point play with a minute to play. But Barnic capped off the win for Old Forge by going 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 37 seconds.