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West Branch gets past Harmony, 68-42
Thursday, January 10, 2013
By Andy StineSports Writer
ALLPORT - The West Branch boys basketball team set a tempo right from the start of Wednesday evening's Moshannon Valley League contest against Harmony. Playing at a fast pace, the Warriors found themselves in the spot they wanted to be in early.
West Branch took advantage of five early Owl turnovers in the first four minutes of the game and quickly found themselves up 17-5, just four minutes into the game. They outscored Harmony, 23-9 in the first quarter en route to a 68-42 win over the Owls.
"At times, we've been slow to start in the first quarter," said West Branch head coach Danny Clark. "We weren't playing our basketball. Lately, we've been attacking. That's what we've been harping on at practice. The kids are buying in."
"We did a lousy job following the gameplan that we put in," said Harmony head coach Doug Martz. "After we gave them that big of a lead, it took us out of our game and what we wanted to do."
West Branch guard Parker Emigh scored nine of his 18 points in the opening period. The senior also pulled down seven rebounds and two blocks in the game.
"That's a typical Parker Emigh game," said Clark. "That's what I expect out of him, night in and night out. Hopefully they're all buying in and I think they are. That's the key."
In the second quarter, Harmony worked their way back into the game, often going to Nate Young. Young earned himself 10 free throws in the first half alone, where he scored 15 of his 19 points.
"He's working real hard," said Martz. "Come win or lose or good moments or bad moments, Nate is consistent. He's consistent on the boards. We need everyone to step up on that level of intensity that Nate is playing at and we'll be on our way. We just took a half a step back tonight against a really good team."
After being up 35-23 at the half, West Branch went back to work and quickly extended their lead. Warrior freshman Kody Trude scored all five of his points in the stanza, while Brandon Zwick drained his only three-pointer.
"If we work on offense and everybody gets touches, we're a tough team to stop," said Clark. "We were up 12 (at halftime), and the next thing you know, it's 20 points. That's what we can do. They have to get it in their head that they can always do that."
The Owls outscored West Branch, 10-7 in the fourth quarter. Young scored four points, while Logan Sral and Evan Novella each put in a bucket each and Cody Fritz made a pair of free throws in the period.
"They're a great team," said Martz. "They're well stocked. They're well trained. They play the game well on both ends of the floor. We played an average game and they played a very good game."
West Branch won the junior varsity game, 59-34. Skyler Krise led the Warriors with 15 points, while Brandon Fox led all scorers for Harmony with 16.
Both teams are back in action Friday. West Branch (4-5 overall, 3-0 Mo Valley League) travels to Bellwood-Antis, while Harmony (4-7 overall, 2-2 MVL) travels to Purchase Line.

Harmony-42
Kurtz 0 0-2 0, Lucas 3 0-0 9, Sral 1 0-0 2, Young 7 5-10 19, Novella 5 0-2 10, Fritz 0 2-6 2, Fox 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 7-20 42.
West Branch-68
Emigh 5 7-9 18, Pennington 7 0-0 16, Koch 2 2-2 6, A. Krise 3 4-4 10, Trude 2 0-0 5, Rockey 1 1-2 3, S. Krise 2 1-1 5, Zwick 2 0-0 5, N. Kerlin 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 0-0 0, Eboch 0 0-0 0, Clark 0 0-0 0, Bumbarger 0 0-0 0, J. Kerlin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 15-18 68.
Three-pointers: Lucas 3; Emigh, Pennington 2, Trude, Zwick.
Score by Quarters
Harmony         9 14  9 10-42
West Branch  23 12 26  7-68


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