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High School Girls' Basketball - Week Two Summary

'Cats, Trojans get key league wins
By Janet Smeltz, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Line Mountain’s Joelle Snyder tries to wrest control of the ball away from Halifax’s Paige Miller. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

ELIZABETHVILLE • The host Lady Trojans took advantage of Lady Indian turnovers – 38, thanks in lage part to UDA’s tenacious press – to pull away from their pesky visitors for a 47-31 victory Dec. 12.

In a nip and tuck first period, Millersburg took a 9-8 lead.  UDA used full court pressure to pick up 17 steals.  The middle quarters were the difference as the pressure allowed the Lady Trojans to outscore their visitors 27-13 in this TVL East Division game. 

“After quite a sluggish start, our press seemed to get us going a little bit and put some points on the board.  We are still a work in progress and hope to keep improving as the season goes,” said Trojan Coach Rich Hoffman. 

Taylor Brown led UDA with 13 points. Kelsey Hoffman added nine points, six rebounds and four steals.  Jessica Hoffman chipped in with eight points, three steals and three assists. Laura Sweger added seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Autumn Walker grabbed nine rebounds along with two assists. 

For Millersburg, Mariah Armor led all scorers with 17 points along with five rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocked shots. Jenna Hawthorne added six points and was four-for-six from the free throw line. Emily Schade grabbed 10 rebounds to go with two assists. Cassie Sunday grabbed five rebounds. 

“I really felt the girls battled hard for 32 minutes which is something we talk about all the time. Our difficulty was in our turnovers and getting in foul trouble.  But I saw some things offensively that, moving forward, should give us some confidence in who we are and what we do.” said Indian Head Coach Bill Lahr.

OTHER GAMES

Halifax 64, Line Mountain 42, Dec. 12. Despite keeping the score within striking distance the first period, the Lady Eagles could not handle Halifax’s defensive pressure tactics, eventually making it difficult for Line Mountain to keep pace. 

The Lady Cats took advantage of controlling the boards and getting points off of offensive rebounds.

Line Mountain trailed 17-11 after one period. Joelle Snyder’s six points was countered by six points by Brynn Miller. Victoria Wolfe scored 10 points in the second half and manager to bring her team within striking distance. But a 20-14 second quarter run – led by Morgan Cox, Brianna Turner and Kendall Lehman – gave Halifax a 37-25 halftime advantage. 

“I was disappointed with our defense in the first half of the game. At halftime, the coaching staff told the girls we needed to pick up the defense and pressure Line Mountain. After allowing Line Mountain nine three point shot attempts in the first half, we allowed only three attempts in the second half,’’ said ’Cats Coach Dean Kerstetter.

Halifax outscored Line Mountain 27-17 in the second half to seal this TVL – East Division game.

‘‘Kassidy Sorichetti played lock down defense on (Wolfe) in the third quarter as she was held scoreless in the third quarter after she scored 13 first-half points, including three treys,” said Kerstetter.  “I came away feeling good with the way the girls responded to the staff at halftime. This is our fourth game and we had a different high scorer in each game. I love the unselfishness of the team so far this year.”

Halifax out-rebounded Line Mountain 36-33. Halifax earned 25 steals while Line Mountain had 12.  Brynn Miller led Halifax with 14 points and four assists. Turner added nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Cox chipped in with 13 points, 10 steals, four rebounds and three assists.

Wolfe led Line Mountain with 18 points.  Gabrielle Yerger and Caitlyn Scott split 16 rebounds. 

For Lady Eagle playmaker Joelle Snyder – who scoerd 13 points for the night – she felt her team improved in some aspects from the last game.

“We just need to capitalize on the things we know how to do – boxing out and rebounding and we have to crash the boards,’’ she said.  ‘‘The scoring will come and once we put that all together we will have better games. (Halifax was) a very quick team with good shooters.”

“We started the game playing aggressive and making shots, but then we didn’t box out and let Halifax have too many second chance shots. We also had way too many turnovers that Halifax was able to get points off of. Fouling was an issue with our team,”  said Eagle Head Coach Kam Traugh.

Lancaster Country Day 31, Millersburg 27, Dec. 9. It was a close contest for the most part, as Millersburg trailed 14-13 at halftime. LCD then outscored the Lady Indians 11-8 in the third period and that was the difference, as both teams played evenly in the final quarter in a TVL East Division contest.

“Our defense was really outstanding. Anytime you give up less than a point per minute in a 32 minute game, I like our chances.” said Indian Coach Bill Lahr.  “The difficulty for us was we left a lot of points on the floor.  We had opportunities to score and did not. As we develop confidence, the offensive production will follow.”  

Armor led Millersburg with 10 points, four steals, two assists and four rebounds. Hawthorne added seven points and two assists. Schade scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds. Sunday grabbed seven rebounds and earned two blocked shots and three steals.




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