The key for Kennedy

Junior Condoleon is leader for experienced Eagles

Tribune Chronicle / Jamie Trina Mackinzie Kirk (3) of John F. Kennedy battles for a loose ball in the Eagles’ 56-40 victory over Heartland Christian on Monday. JFK’s Katie Martinko (22) watches the play.

WARREN — Coming into the season, John F. Kennedy planned on the experience of its players to lead them through the season.

Experience is not the only thing the Eagles need for success, though. They also need junior Caitlyn Condoleon who led them to a 56-40 victory Monday night over Heartland Christian.

Condoleon returns as the reigning Trumbull County Division IV Player of the Year. In addition to that, Condoleon was a first team All-County pick, first-team All-District, and third-team All-State. It is no surprise that Condoleon has started the season in the fashion that she has, with a scoring average of over 24 points per game.

“My success as a player is based on my teammates,” Condoleon said. “Without them, I would be nowhere near where I am today. Oh, and my dad (Kennedy coach John Condoleon).”

Caitlyn finished Monday’s contest shooting 48 percent from the field, and ended the night with a game high 29 points and eight steals. Her five 3-pointers led all shooters as well.

Tribune Chronicle / Jamie Trina Kennedy's Katie Martinko dribbles up the floor for the Eagles Monday against Heartland Christian.

“We had some good passes up the court,” Caitlyn said. “I got the ball, executed my shot, and my teammates got me the ball.”

Kennedy came out quickly and jumped out to a 34-17 lead at halftime. Faith Hollobaugh had the hot hand in the opening two quarters, as she drained three 3-pointers and scored 11 points.

“I thought the first half we came out and played well,” John Condoleon said. “We got out to a big lead at halftime. Hollobaugh has been struggling a little with her shot, and it was good to see it going in tonight.”

The second half was nothing different, as the Eagles continued to control the momentum of the game. Condoleon did most of her damage coming out of the gates in the third quarter, as she tacked on 11 points.

“We were able to execute the ball,” she said. “Defensively we made some good steals and stops, and we were able to get the breakaway.”

Tribune Chronicle / Jamie Trina Cassidy Brozovich (33) and Mackinzie Kirk (3) of John F. Kennedy battle for a rebound Monday against Heartland Christian.

Heartland was able to make a fourth-quarter run by outscoring the Eagles 17-9, but Kennedy would not relinquish the lead.

“The thing is, we are getting better but we still have a long way to go,” John Condoleon said. “Last year we went to the sectional finals and lost to the No. 2 seed, so we just want to build to get better and make a deeper tournament run. That’s our goal.”

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