Glendale defeats Mo Valley|
Friday, January 11, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
AMESVILLE - Moshannon Valley girls basketball coach Van Cornish called a timeout just over a minute into Thursday's contest with Glendale when the Lady Vikings' press led to a quick 7-0 lead for the visitors.
Unfortunately for Cornish, his Damsels were unable to get any closer.
Glendale's full-court pressure led to nine Mo Valley turnovers in the first quarter, which saw the Lady Vikings sprint out to a 14-3 lead en route to a 47-24 triumph.
His team's effort was a welcome sight for Glendale coach John Matchock, as the Lady Vikings were coming off a 25-20 setback at Williamsburg on Saturday night.
"We stressed yesterday and we stressed before the game that we have to bounce back," said Matchock. "We came out on fire. We had a little lull in the second quarter that I wasn't happy about, but came out real good in the second half. Hopefully we can continue that momentum next week."
The Lady Vikings' Katelyn Matthews opened the scoring with a 3-pointer 45 seconds into the game, as Glendale's half-court offense was meticulous in setting up the opening shot on the game's first possession.
By the time the Damsels got the ball inbounds, the Lady Vikings already had a 7-point cushion.
Cassidy Noel's jumper sandwiched Matthews' 3-pointer and a layup off a steal, which prompted Cornish to call timeout with 6:47 on the clock.
"We were focusing on our defense tonight because it's what won us the game the last time we played them," Matchock said.
"We came out on fire. We made some early shots, got some steals and got some easy layups and that's what we've got to do every game."
The Damsels figured out Glendale's press in the second, where they were able to pull to within single digits.
Mo Valley whittled the deficit back to seven with Hannah Kitko's 3-pointer with 3:08 left in the half. Teammate Ally Kronenwetter added four of her five points in the stanza, as the Damsels outscored the Lady Vikings, 9-8.
"We know their press is coming and we told them that before the game," said Cornish. "Sometimes it's like we've never seen a press before. When we make the same little mistakes, it just kills us. It's simple, youthful mistakes.
"We play good in spurts. We have two or three minutes in time, but then we forget about when we do something to break it. We just go back to what we were doing. We're just not consistent enough."
Mo Valley's success was short-lived, however, as Matthews scored the final three points of the half.
Matthews and company didn't stop at the halftime buzzer, as the Lady Vikings went on a 26-6 run following Kitko's trifecta before the Damsels scored the final six points of the game with less than a minute to go in the fourth.
Matthews led all scorers with 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Noel added eight. Caitlin Kimberly chipped in with seven for the Lady Vikings, who evened their mark at 5-5.
"(Katelyn) has some size that is hard for teams to match up against," Matchock said, "and some of the other girls stepped up, too. Caitlin Kimberly hit some shots from the outside and Cassidy was hitting some shots from the outside.
"When teams start to key on Katelyn, she can start dishing it back outside and we can start hitting some shots.
"Our offense isn't quite where I want it to be, but it's better than it has been in the past few games. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come."
Mo Valley's Emily Kolesar knocked down a shot from the perimeter with 59 seconds left to play, and Haley Stodart netted the final three points on a short jumper and a foul shot to set the final.
Kolesar led the Damsels (1-10) with eight points, while Kitko, Kronenwetter and Stodart each added five. Kronenwetter and Tayia Swoope paced Mo Valley with nine rebounds apiece.
"We've just got to be tough with the ball and take care of it," said Cornish, whose team was 4-for-27 from the field in the second half. "We get hyped up at the beginning of the game and then we get a little out of sorts.
"I think we missed a lot of shots. We went cold and when we go cold, it's rough. We were getting the shots, but they didn't fall."
Both teams take to the road on Monday. The Lady Vikings will face Claysburg-Kimmel, while the Damsels travel to Bellwood-Antis.
Mo Valley took the jayvee contest, 36-31.
Matthews 9 3-6 22, Kimberly 3 0-0 7, Noel 3 0-0 8, Peterson 2 2-3 6, McMurray 1 0-2 2, Reed 0 0-0 0, Ricketts 0 0-0 0, Kutruff 1 0-1 2, McMillen 0 0-0 0, Witherow 0 0-0 0, Plummer 0 0-0 0, Johnston 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 5-12 47.
Swoope 0 1-2 1, Stodart 2 1-3 5, Smith 0 0-0 0, Kolesar 3 0-2 8, H. Kitko 2 0-0 5, Kronenwetter 2 1-2 5, K. Kitko 0 0-0 0, Smeal 0 0-0 0, Matchock 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 3-9 24.
Three-pointers: Noel 2, Matthews, Kimberly; Kolesar 2, H. Kitko.
Score by Quarters
Glendale 14 8 11 14-47
Mo Valley 3 9 4 8-24