2003 Golden Tornado Girls
1st row L to R...Sara Pelusi, Kala Schnur, Kerry Finan, Maria Klutinoty, Heather Spangler, Valerie Gray, Head Coach Jonna Burke 2nd row: Asst. Coach Frank Hilovsky, Kate DeGeorge, Danielle Koehring, Holly Geibel, Kim Nowakowski, Maura Connelly, Tanya Nocera, Kelly Miller, Junior Varsity Coach Rebekah Cygan

Butler's Danielle Koehring hugs teammate Kim Nowakowski Wednesday after being fouled by Montour's Haley Gaidosh late in the fourth quarter. Koehring completed the three-point play to give Butler a 55-54 victory in a WPIAL Quad-A first round playoff at North Allegheny.
Christopher Horner/Tribune-Review
Butler slips one past Montour

Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Butler held off lower-seeded Montour last night in the WPIAL Class AAAA first round at North Allegheny. The Golden Tornado (21-7) needed a three-point play in the waning moments to pull out a 55-54 victory. Danielle Koehring scored the winning points with 3.7 seconds left on a layup and a free throw after being fouled. Andrea Snyder gave Montour (17-5) a 54-52 lead when she converted two free throws with 13.4 seconds left. Montour came close to spoiling Koehring's heroics, but Spartans guard Elena Radenkovik's layup came a split-second after the buzzer. Kim Nowakowski led Butler with 18 points. Samantha Woznichak led Montour with 20 points. Butler has won six consecutive games.

Butler - 57 McDowell - 34
The Golden Tornado (22-5) had no problem defeating Erie McDowell, 57-34, in the first round at New Castle. Heather Spangler led the Golden Tornadoes with 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Butler connected on 13 of 15 free throws, while Erie McDowell was just 1 for 5 at the line. Vickie Innes was the lone player for Erie McDowell (14-13) in double figures with 11 points. Kim Nowakowski scored 14 points for Butler.

Nowa chooses Bowling Green...


Butler 59 Pine-Richland 55
Kim Nowakowski scored 19 points and went over 1,000 for her career as Butler (17-4, 9-4) eliminated Pine-Richland (13-8, 5-6) from playoff contention. Annie Zopf scored 21 points for Pine-Richland.

Tornado Girls continue to look unbeatable...

Butler Girls and Boys 2002 Holiday Champions......
Nowa and Sales..MVP's...

WAG'S has the scoop... straight from the Head Coach and the WPIAL selection officials....

Butler - 59 Seneca Valley - 37

Butler -65 Franklin Regional - 43
Three players scored in double figures for Class AAAA No. 4 Butler (13-2) in a non-section victory. Danielle Koehring and Kelly Miller each scored 13 and Kim Nowakowski added 12 points in the win.
- 55 New Castle - 49
Butler (12-2, 5-1) needed overtime to hand New Castle (15-1, 5-1) its first loss of the season, 55-49, in Class AAAA Section 3. New Castle rallied from a 5-point deficit with 18 seconds left in regulation. Kelly Miller led Butler with 18 points

Butler - 49 Seneca - 36

Butler - 64 North Hills - 37

Butler point guard Kelly Miller drives past Montour’s Andrea Snyder during their WPIAL Quad-A first-round playoff game. Although senior Kim Nowakowski gets a lot of attention, Miller and the rest of the team are a major part of Butler’s success.
Christopher Horner/Tribune-Review

Awards Banquet 2003

RATS!!!...Curses,... foiled again...

Tornado Not So Golden Against Eagles in Season Finale
Not much changed in the course of three weeks. That was the amount of time separating the two Butler-Oakland Catholic games. Unfortunately, the outcomes were not much different. The Lady Tornado ended their terrific 17 and 10 season Tuesday night 54-26 to the Oakland Catholic Eagles. Butler was led by Adria Matonak and Kim Nowakowski each having 9 points and 5 rebounds. Stay tuned to Golden Tornado Sports for a girls basketball season wrap-up story in the coming days.
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Butler - 56 Central Mountain - 53

Oakland Catholic: Just Bring It!
The rematch is set--Butler vs. Oakland Catholic, part II. But it didn't come without a fight from a very game Central Mountain team. The Lady Tornado were able to get out of Gateway High School with the 56-53 victory. Butler, down by one with under 90 seconds remaining, was able to come up with a steal by Caitlyn Connelly who went to the hoop and made both free throws. Her sister Maura Connelly nailed two foul shots to ice the game. Butler was led by Kim Nowakowski with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Adria Matonak had 18 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. And Caitlyn Connelly scored 14 including 3 treys. Holly Geibel had 7 a team-high 7 assists. Butler, 17 and 9, will now go head-to-head with arch-nemesis and defending state champion Oakland Catholic on Tuesday, March 12. Time and place are still up in the air. This one will be a classic.

For three quarters, everything was going according to plan for Butler. “Then we just ran out of gas,” Coach Burke

The Final Say...
Tornado Girls Basketball-6 losses, 3-USC, 2-NA, 1-Greensburg Cath....think about it...

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Team schedule for Butler girls' varsity basketball Conference record: 9-3-0 Overall: 17-9-0 WPIAL - Section 3 - AAAA
(as of March 13, 2002)

Date Opponent Venue Score
Tournament: Blackhawk Tipoff Tournament      
11/30/02 18:00 Vincentian Academy   Blackhawk L 62-60
12/1/02 18:00 Erie McDowell  Blackhawk L 59-45
12/5/02 19:30 at Hampton  Hampton W 52-42
12/7/02 19:30 at Moon  Moon L 53-38
12/10/02 19:30 North Hills * Butler W 57-40
12/14/02 18:00 at Shaler * Shaler W 57-35
12/17/02 19:30 Seneca Valley * Butler W 51-47
12/21/02 18:30 at North Allegheny * North Allegheny L 59-54
Tournament: Butler Holiday Tournament      
12/28/02 16:15 Freeport  Butler W 64-38
12/29/02 18:00 Blackhawk    L 53-39
1/3/02 19:30 at Upper St. Clair  Upper St. Clair W 52-49
1/7/02 19:30 Ambridge * Butler L 53-39
1/10/02 19:30 at New Castle * New Castle W 51-45
1/14/02 19:30 Greensburg Central Catholic  Butler W 52-47
1/18/02 18:00 at North Hills * North Hills W 61-51
1/21/02 19:30 Shaler * Butler W 51-42
1/24/02 19:30 at Seneca Valley * Seneca Valley W 46-26
1/28/02 19:30 North Allegheny * North Allegheny W 68-58
1/30/02 15:00 at Schenley  Schenley W 56-48
2/1/02 20:00 at North Catholic  North Catholic L 48-42
2/4/02 19:30 at Ambridge * Ambridge L 59-54
2/8/02 18:00 New Castle * Butler W 49-35
2/11/02 19:30 Vincentian Academy   Butler W 50-41
WPIAL Class AAAA Playoffs: First Round      
2/18/02 20:00 Uniontown  Aliquippa W 54-41
WPIAL Class AAAA Playoffs: Quarterfinals      
2/22/02 20:00 at Oakland Catholic  North Allegheny L 62-46
PIAA Class AAAA Playoffs: First Round      
3/8/02 19:30 Central Mountain  Gateway W 56-53
PIAA Class AAAA Playoffs: Second Round      
3/12/02 19:00 at Oakland Catholic  To Be Determined      

100, 400, 20/20, 1
The above numbers correspond to the following items, in order: Number of career victories for Coach Jonna Burke, number of points scored this season by Kim Nowakowski, point totals for Nowa and Caitlyn Connelly in the first round, and Butler's next opponent. All of this was possible due to the Lady Tornado defeating the Uniontown Red Raiders 54-41 at Aliquippa High School of the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs. Besides being led by Connelly and Nowakowski with 20 points apiece, Adria Matonak added 7 points and 8 rebounds. With the first three numbers out of the way, Butler can now concentrate on #1, the defending state champions Oakland Catholic. The site and time are TBA. Check back later in the week to find out the information.
Copyright © 2001 goldentornadosports.com & Chris Wagner BHS Statistician

Tornado Unable to Ground Eagles
The nerves may have been just too much. In front of a Butler-partial crowd at North Allegheny High School, the Lady Tornado were ousted from the WPIAL playoffs by Oakland Catholic 62-46. Butler did, however, out score the Eagles 30-27 in the second half. Butler was led by Adria Matonak with 19 points. Danielle Koehring came off the bench to add 8 points and Kim Nowkowski scored 7 as well as grabbing 8 rebounds. Also the Tornado only turned the ball over 9 times through out the entire game. Butler, 16 and 9, will now wait to find out who their first round opponent will be in the PIAA playoffs beginning March 8.

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