Fabulous farewell
Eagle Staff Writer
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March 25, 2015
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Vincentian Academy senior and Cranberry Township resident Brenna Wise celebrates after her final high school game, an 86-38 victory over Old Forge in the PIAA Class A girls basketball title game Saturday in Hershey. Wise had a triple-double with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 13 steals.
Brenna Wise gave Old Forge the Royal treatment in Saturday’s PIAA Class A girls basketball title game.
The Cranberry Township resident managed a triple-double with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 13 steals, leading Vincentian Academy to a dominating 86-38 victory at the Giant Center in Hershey.
“It was an incredible performance by Brenna,” said Vincentian coach Ron Moncrief, “but it doesn’t surprise me. She knew it was a big game and she steps up in big games. She contributed on both ends of the floor.”
Vincentian led 20-3 late in the first quarter.
“We understood that defense was going to win the game,” said Wise, a senior. “We played up-tempo basketball. We knew if we could jump on them early, it would lead to success for us.
“(Old Forge) has good players and they played hard, but we played as a team.”
Wise did not hesitate in admitting she was nervous leading up to the game.
“I get nervous before every game,” she said. “It’s good to be nervous. It shows you care about the game and you’re not taking it for granted. This was my last time putting on a Royal uniform, my last game under the wing of Coach Moncrief. I got a little sentimental about it and I wanted to play my absolute best.”
Wise’s individual effort was certainly one of the best in the history of the state championship game, but was merely a footnote as far as she was concerned.
“It was a nice addition to winning, but stats really mean nothing to me,” she said. “The only thing I cared about was who got the win at the end of the day. It was the Royals and I had that gold medal around my neck.”
Wise helped Vincentian to four straight WPIAL crowns and now two straight state titles. The Royals won 114 games in her four years there, including a 30-1 record this season.
Vincentian won its nine playoff games this year (WPIAL and PIAA) by an average margin of 37 points.
“My time at Vincentian has been very memorable,” she said. “Winning back-to-back state titles was the perfect way to end my (high school) career. It’s something not many players can relate to. To be honest, this year’s win was even sweeter.”
Wise is a University of Pittsburgh recruit. With a promising college career ahead of her, she took time to reflect on her scholastic playing days.
“At Vincentian, it’s truly a family,” she said. “I’ll be leaving the nest, so to speak. But I had great teammates and Coach Moncrief has become a very good friend. I know he’ll always be there if I need anything.”
“It was bitter-sweet for me as a coach,” said Moncrief of Wise’s last game, “but I know she’s going to have a great career down at Pitt. She has been the face of our program. She helped us out tremendously as a student-athlete and has been a great role model on and off the court.”
Wise ended her prep career with 2,314 points — 15th on the WPIAL’s all-time scoring list — and well over 1,000 rebounds.