Curwensville girls topple MVL rival Harmony, 66-28|
Friday, January 11, 2013
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
WESTOVER - Although there have been struggles in the last two weeks, the Curwensville girls basketball team showed it is still at the top of the Mo Valley League.
The Lady Tide outscored Harmony 20-6 in the first quarter and didn't miss many shots throughout the first half. They led 40-13 at the half to help Curwensville defeat the Owls, 66-28, on Thursday.
"Our girls played pretty well," said Curwensville head coach Rusty McCracken. "We saw the basket tonight really well. We shot well, especially early on. We were relaxed and we made quite a few shots at the beginning of the game.
"We had 40 points at halftime. I think that's as many as we've scored in a half this year. They were just clicking. It was just a good effort by everybody."
Ciara Strickland opened the game for Curwensville with her first of two 3-pointers on the night. Both of those treys came in the first quarter, where the sophomore scored eight of her 22 points.
"She's been struggling a little bit lately," said McCracken. "We've been working with her and helping her get back into the groove of things. At Johnsonburg (on Tuesday), she started feeling a little bit better. Tonight, she just really saw the basket well. Everything that came out of her hand seemed to have a chance to go in."
Harmony forward Joleen Brink scored eight of Harmony's 13 points in the first half, including going a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line in the first two quarters. Brink ended the game with 14 points and eight rebounds.
"She's tough," said McCracken of Brink. "She goes strong to the basket. She plays within her abilities. She's an asset for them and she's always coming out ready to play."
"We still make the young mistakes that we shouldn't be making, but the girls stepped up tonight and the girls played well," said Harmony head coach Ralph Butterworth. "I see improvement and I see where they're getting better."
Strickland, Becca Johnson and Katrina Seaburn each scored four points in the third quarter for the Lady Tide.
Meanwhile, the Lady Owls found a spark off their bench in Breanne Stiver. Stiver scored all four of her points in the period.
"The girls played with their varsity the whole game," said Butterworth. "Our girls don't give up. They keep fighting. They keep battling till the last second. I'm proud of them.
"They show up everyday ready to practice. We've turned some pages. They all did something well tonight that I was happy about. There's some light at the end of the tunnel. Someday we're going to be there."
The Lady Tide closed the game outscoring Harmony, 14-5, in the fourth quarter. Strickland had four points in the quarter.
Johnson scored 16 points for the Lady Tide, while Seaburn chipped in with 10 points.
"Katrina Seaburn and Becca Johnson had decent games," said McCracken. "They found the basket well, too. Tiffany Carter is always scrapping in there. She might not have seen it on the scoreboard, but she's causing things to happen.
"Even my freshmen coming in and scoring came in and did the job they had to do. Everybody just came in and contributed."
Harmony earned a come-from-behind win in the fourth quarter in the jayvee game to defeat Curwensville, 35-33. Stephanie Maseto led the Lady Owls with 11 points, while Kealy Wassil scored 14 for the Lady Tide.
Curwensville (5-4 overall, 3-0 in the Moshannon Valley League) travels to Elk County Catholic on Tuesday, while the Lady Owls (0-11, 0-5 MVL) host Blacklick Valley on Wednesday.
Thorp 2 1-4 5, Johnson 8 0-0 16, Strickland 10 0-0 22, Seaburn 4 2-2 10, Carter 1 4-6 6, Shope 0 0-0 0, Dale 0 0-0 0, Dugo 1 0-0 2, Wassil 0 0-0 0, Sedgwick 0 1-2 1, Guy 1 0-0 2, H. McGarry 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 8-14 66.
Brink 5 4-5 14, Woodley 0 0-0 0, Wortman 0 2-4 2, Woodward 1 1-2 3, Dyda 1 0-0 2, Hull 0 0-0 0, Maseto 1 1-2 3, Nalley 0 0-0 0, Raho 0 0-0 0, Stiver 2 0-2 4, Mulhollen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 8-15 28.
Three-pointers: Strickland 2.
Score by Quarters
Curwensville 20 20 12 14-66
Harmony 6 7 10 5-28