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High School girls' Basketball
Halifax scores wins over Tribe, Eagles

By Janet Smeltz, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Millersburg’s Brooke Shomper attempts to get ahead of Halifax’s Paige Miller Jan. 15. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

HALIFAX • The Lady Cats led 36-23 at halftime and Millersburg was outscored 35-13 the second half in a Tri-Valley League matchup won by Halifax 71-36 Jan. 15.

Brynn Miller scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the second quarter to lead Halifax. Brooke Shomper scored seven of her game-high 12 points in the second quarter to help the Indians keep pace.

In the third quarter, Morgan Cox and Kassidy Sorichetti combined for 15 points to help the Cats eventually pull away from Millersburg.

Brianna Turner scored 12 points along with 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. Sorichetti added 12 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and two assists. Cox contributed with 11 points, six steals and three assists. Paige Miller added nine points. 

Mariah Armor added 11 points for Millersburg. Kelsey Burger grabbed eight rebounds.

Halifax shot 26-for-67 from the field while the Indians connected on 13-for-53.  Halifax made 18-for-28 free throws and Millersburg hit 6-for-10. 

Rebounds were the big story in this contest as the Cats out-rebounded Millersburg 48-28 and earned 17 second-chance points. The Cats earned 27 points off the bench while the Indians earned three.

Halifax 69, Line Mountain 33,  Jan. 12. Halifax used a strong first half to pull away early and cruise to victory against its TVL rival.

The Lady Cats went on a 13-0 run in the first period and a 19-0 run in the second period to take a 42-14 locker room lead. According to Head Coach Dean Kerstetter, this contributed greatly to this victory. 

Cox scored 16 of her game high 24 points in the first half to fuel that rally. Cox also grabbed five rebounds and earned eight steals, three assists and three blocked shots for the night.

Turner added 10 points along with seven rebounds, three assists, five steals and two blocked shots. Sorichetti grabbed eight rebounds and earned five steals, two blocked shots and eight points.  Brynn Miller added eight points.

Joelle Snyder led Line Mountain with 17 points, connecting on 8-for-15 from the field and earned two steals. Tori Wolfe added 20 points.

The Lady Eagles were out-rebounded by Halifax 36-22. Halifax as a team earned 27 steals while Line Mountain had 13. Line Mountain committed 34 turnovers while Halifax had 22. 

‘‘This was a nice win after the disappointing loss to Williams Valley. We worked hard Saturday after the Williams Valley game, concentrating especially on rebounding and defensive work,’’ Kerstetter said.

‘‘I feel the hard work showed against Line Mountain in the first half, allowing four first rebounds and not allowing Line Mountain to attempt a trey,’’ he said. ‘‘We played great team defense as Line Mountain had 34 turnovers for the night. 

‘‘Offensively, we had two great runs in the first half a 13-0 run and a 19-0 run,’’ the coach added.  ‘‘Morgan Cox and Paige Miller were both instrumental in our big runs as they started both runs offensively and creating great defensive pressure. Again, we got nice contributions from our bench personnel with 18 points.’’

Upper Dauphin Area 41, Millersburg 24, Jan. 12. The visiting Lady Trojans came out strong in the first quarter, leading Millersburg 17-8. Things only got worse for the Indians when they were outscored 17-5 in the middle quarters.

The Lady Indians outscored the Trojans in the final quarter 11-7 but it wasn’t enough to pose a threat in this TVL East matchup. 

Taylor Brown led the Trojans with 11 points, three steals and two blocked shots. Laura Sweger scored six points, grabbed 10 rebounds and earned five blocked shots. Kelsey Hoffman added seven points along with two blocked shots. 

For Millersburg, Armor led the Lady Indians with 11 points. 

“We left Upper Dauphin dictate how the game was played,’’ said Indian Head Coach Bill Lahr.

 



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