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Clearfield defeated by Central
Thursday, December 13, 2012
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
HYDE - Whatever Clearfield girls basketball coach Joey Castagnolo said to his team at halftime of Wednesday's game against Central, worked.
The Lady Bison, who trailed 28-12 at the intermission, tallied the first nine points in the first two minutes of the third quarter to cut the deficit to seven, and Lady Scarlet Dragon head coach Shelley McCune wisely used one of her timeouts.
Not only did the stoppage in play end Clearfield's run, but it also drained the life out of the hosts.
Central outscored the Lady Bison 14-4 the rest of the quarter and 29-4 over the last 14 minutes en route to a 57-25 win at the Arthur J. Weiss Gymnasium.
"I just told them, ‘girls, we're better than this,'" said Castagnolo of his halftime speech. "We wanted to get it down to eight in the third quarter and play our type of basketball and we did. I know we can be that good, but that was the only highlight we had the whole game.
"We passed the basketball around and I was happy, but they just chipped away at it."
A bucket from Brianna Spencer and a pair of foul shots from Mary Ishman set the tone for Castagnolo's team early in the third quarter.
Spencer's steal led to an easy bucket in transition for Brittany Renaud before Spencer knocked down the second of her 3-pointers in the contest to prompt McCune's timeout.
"That's how we can play," Castagnolo said. "I don't know if it was opening night jitters of playing at home or what, but we weren't ready to play basketball and that team was.
"It was a good timeout. I told my kids, ‘they're going to go on a run here (so) we have to stop them to stay in this game.' ... I'm disappointed. We should have played better than that."
From there, it was all Central.
Lady Dragon freshman Brayley Lewis' bucket inside began the lopsided run to close the game.
Nicole Myers and Mikaela McGraw each had shots from beyond the 3-point line for Central, which got a game-high 16 points from Ashley Smith. Lewis added 13, while Myers ended with 11.
"I knew they were excellent outside," said Castagnolo of Central's shooting. "When Bre (Peters) got into foul trouble, I had to go back to the 1-3-1 and I knew they'd tear it apart. There wasn't much we could really do. If anything, this game gave my bench some playing time and maybe a little more confidence."
Aside from the early run in the third, the Lady Bison struggled to generate any offense.
Clearfield (1-2) went just 1-for-17 from the field in the first and fourth quarters, and leading scorer Breanna Peters was limited to just five points on 2-of-6 shooting.
Spencer led all Lady Bison players with eight points.
Central's defense played a profound role in Clearfield's struggles, as the Lady Dragons forced the home team to turn over the ball 24 times in the contest.
"We have to take better care of the basketball," Castagnolo said. "They were trying to give it back to us, and we just didn't capitalize on any of their mistakes. We just ran out of gas. ... They did an excellent job of stopping Bre."
Emily Ryan's 3-pointer at the buzzer off the window lifted the Lady Bison jayvee squad to a 32-31 win in their season opener. Ryan led her team with nine points.
Clearfield is back in action Friday at Huntingdon.

Myers 4 1-2 11, McKnight 2 1-2 5, McGraw 2 2-2 8, Smith 5 3-4 16, Lewis 6 1-1 13, Ritchey 2 0-0 4, Shunk 0 0-0 0, Brumbaugh 0 0-0 0, Broyles 0 0-0 0, Albright 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 8-11 57.
Spencer 3 0-0 8, Renaud 2 0-0 4, Munshower 0 0-0 0, Peters 2 1-2 5, Ishman 0 2-2 2, Sopic 2 0-0 4, Ryan 0 0-0 0, D. Ireland 0 0-0 0, Aveni 1 0-0 2, Lash 0 0-0 0, Castagnolo 0 0-0 0, V. Ireland 0 0-0 0, Aycock 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 3-4 25.
Three-pointers: Smith 3, Myers 2, McGraw 2; Spencer 2.
Score by Quarters
Central     12 16 14 15-57
Clearfield    2 10 13  0-25

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