Glendale falls in title game of Lady Viking Tip-Off Tournament|
Monday, December 10, 2012
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
FLINTON- After a furious second half propelled it over rival Moshannon Valley and into the championship game of the Lady Viking Tip-Off Tournament, the Glendale girls basketball team looked to get off on the right foot against Juniata Valley Saturday evening.
The Lady Vikings did just that, keeping the game close the entire first half before letting the game slip away in the second half. The Lady Hornets outscored the hosts 33-16 over the final 16 minutes to take the 54-33 victory.
"It was like the tale of two halves," said Glendale head coach John Matchock. "In the first half, we played great defense. We played a lot better than we did last night in the first half. In the second half, we just came out flat. They went into a zone defense, and we just froze. We didn't know what to do. We were making bad passes, unforced errors, traveling with the ball. We were just a different team that came out of the locker room."
The Lady Vikings took a 6-4 lead after Kristal Peterson turned a steal into easy points. The two teams played to two different ties before an Emily Zinobile basket just before the end of the frame gave the Lady Hornets the lead.
Caitlin Kimberly knocked down two foul shots at the 7:35 mark of the second quarter to tie the game at 11-11. But Juniata Valley took the lead for good when Haley Myers drove to the basket for two and was fouled. Myers completed the three-point play to give the Lady Hornets a 14-11 advantage.
Myers, who came off the bench for Juniata Valley to lead all scorers with 18 points, scored most of them by driving right through the middle of the lane to the basket.
"We've been preaching defense," Matchock said. "I give them an incentive for taking charges. I'll buy them a milkshake. But no one would step up tonight and take a charge. I don't know why. We talked about it at halftime.
"A lot of the points were coming from Myers driving to the basket, and no one would take a charge. No one would take the charge, and the result was she would either score or we would foul her. You just can't be doing that. You have to help each other on defense."
The Lady Hornets held a 21-17 lead at the half. Glendale got a jumper from Katelyn Matthews at the buzzer to help keep the deficit at a manageable four points.
The Lady Vikings came out and answered two Juniata Valley baskets to start the third. But Myers answered with two straight buckets to give the Lady Hornets a 31-22 lead, before two Kerigan Ammerman foul shots put them up 33-22.
Juniata Valley looked to be cruising against the hesitant Glendale defense, but a scary injury to Lady Hornet senior Sam Anders on their next trip down the court, put a damper on the run.
Anders went up for a rebound and came down awkwardly on her right knee. She was down on the court for several minutes as the Glendale trainer put an air cast on her leg. The injury happened at the 3:21 mark and kept the players off the court for several minutes.
Once the teams did get back on the court, Juniata Valley scored two quick baskets to go up 37-22.
Glendale was hampered by the fact that Matthews picked up her third and fourth fouls quickly in the frame and spent most of the quarter on the bench. Matchock put her back in to start the fourth quarter, but she fouled out just 24 seconds into the period.
"She's one of our most dominant players inside and she got into early foul trouble," he said. "Other people have to step up when that happens, and tonight no one did. It's something we have to keep working on."
Juniata Valley outscored Glendale, 13-10, in the fourth quarter to set the final at 54-33.
The Lady Vikings were led by seven points each from Matthews and Peterson. Matthews added eight rebounds, while Cassidy Noel had five rebounds.
"All the mistakes we are making like the bad passes and traveling with no pressure on us are things we can work on," Matchock said. "People get the ball and their brains work a lot faster than their hands and their feet. Those are things we can fix. We've only played two games, but we have to hope we can get better at those things.
"We have at least 20 games left this season. There are some things that we need to work on and keep getting better game by game."
The Lady Hornets' Abbie Zinobile tallied 13 points and eight rebounds, while Ammerman added eight points.
Juniata Valley improved to 2-0. Glendale dropped to 1-1 overall. The Lady Vikings host Harmony on Tuesday evening.
The Lady Vikings were represented by Matthews and Kimberly on the all-tournament team. Kimberly also received the Sportsmanship Award.
Juniata Valley's Zinobile was tabbed as the tournament's defensive player, while Myers made the all-tournament team.
Glendale hosts Harmony on Tuesday.
LeCrone 1 0-0 2, Varner 0 2-2 2, Zinobile 5 3-5 13, Anders 2 0-0 4, Ammerman 2 4-5 8, Myers 8 1-1 18, Young 2 0-0 5, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Keller 0 0-0 0, Leri 0 0-1 0, C. Miller 0 0-0 0, A. Miller 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 10-14 54.
McMillen 0 0-0 0, Reed 1 2-7 4, McMurray 0 0-0 0, Matthews 3 1-2 7, Potter 1 0-0 2, Fowler 0 0-0 0, Peterson 3 1-2 7, Kimberly 0 2-2 2, Kutruff 1 2-4 4, Noel 2 0-0 5, Johnston 0 0-0 0, Ricketts 1 0-0 2, Witherow 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 8-17 33.
Three-pointers: Myers, Young; Noel.
Score by Quarters
Juniata Valley 11 10 20 13-54
Glendale 9 8 6 10-33
Williamsburg 57, Moshannon Valley 32
The Lady Blue Pirates jumped out to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, downing Moshannon Valley in the consolation game.
The Damsels were led by Emily Kolesar's 11 points. Hannah Kitko added nine points, while Ally Kronenwetter notched five.
Moshannon Valley did outscore Williamsburg, 10-4, in the final frame, but it wasn't enough as they dropped to 0-2 on the season.
The Lady Blue Pirates got 14 points from Madison Detwiler, while Hailey McCall netted nine points.
Williamsburg's Haley Rhule was named to the all-tournament team.
The Lady Blue Pirates improved to 1-1 on the season.
Moshannon Valley travels to Curwensville today.
Crouch 1 0-0 2, Kensinger 2 2-2 6, McCall 4 0-0 9, Repine 1 0-0 2, Shaw 2 0-0 4, Stayduhar 1 2-2 4, Adams 0 0-0 0, A. Detwiler 2 0-0 4, Kennedy 2 3-4 7, Rhule 1 3-4 5, M. Detwiler 6 2-2 14, Peck 0 0-0 0, Plumley 0 0-0 0, Rhoads 0 0-0 0, Simpson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 12-14 57.
Moshannon Valley 32
Swoope 0 1-4 1, K. Kitko 1 0-0 2, Kronenwetter 1 3-6 5, Matchock 0 1-4 1, Smith 0 1-2 1, Stodart 1 0-2 2, H. Kitko 4 0-0 9, Kolesar 3 4-8 11. Totals: 10 10-26 32.
Three-pointers: McCall; Kolesar, H. Kitko.
Score by Quarters
Williamsburg 22 20 11 4-57
Moshannon Valley 8 11 3 10-32