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Lady Rams lose first game of 2017-18 season

by on January 11, 2018 12:35 PM

The Penns Valley girls’ basketball had perhaps its first bad quarter so far this season, and it cost the Rams dearly as they lost for the first time Jan. 4 to Mifflinburg.

Mifflinburg took a 19-7 lead after the first quarter, and the Lady Rams made multiple runs trying to catch up, but in the end Mifflinburg held on for a 55-52 win.

Hannah Montminy scored 18 in the loss for PV, Jordan Andrus scored 12 and Isabella Culver added 11.

The Rams, however, didn’t allow the non-league loss to get them down. Two days later, on Jan. 6, PV avenged three 2016-17 losses by holding on against the Central Dragons, 44-38, at the Ram Dome.

This game was touch-and-go all the way. It was tied after the first quarter and again at halftime. Penns Valley squeaked out to a 30-26 lead after three frames and then held on through a frantic home stretch to clinch its seventh win of the year against just one loss. It also put the Rams in control of their own destiny in Mountain League play.

PV will next take to the court against Huntingdon in league play Wednesday, Jan. 10.


The State College Little Lion girls have been very busy so far in the new year with three Mid-Penn contests and a non-league win against New Oxford.

On the first day back from vacation, SC took on perennial state-championship contender Cumberland Valley at home and quickly made up for a subpar performance in the Kiwanis Tournament.

The Lions fell behind at halftime by three, but then outscored the Eagles 33-20 in the second half to take a 50-40 victory.

Next up was Carlisle on Jan. 5, and the Little Lions clicked from start to finish in what was their best overall night of the season.

The final score was 65-28, but it could have been worse. By the end of the first quarter, SC was ahead by 25, and it was 55-12 at halftime.

Maya Bokunewicz scored 16, Kelsey Love had 12 and Isabella Leazier added eight for the Lions as they improved their record to 6-4.

The team kept rolling against New Oxford in a non-league game Jan. 6 in State College.

After a close first quarter, SC took an 11-point halftime lead and pulled away from there in a 61-37 win. Bokunewicz and Love each scored 12 points in the win as the Lions improved to 7-4 (4-2) for the season.


St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy improved its record to 6-0 with a 56-19 whitewash at Harrisburg Academy on Jan. 6. The Lady Wolves led 14-2 after the first quarter and kept on the pedal from there.

Denaya Poston-Cooper and Selana Mann each scored 16 in the game and Kathleen Simander added 10 in SJCA’s sixth win of the season without a loss.

That game came after a tough 38-36 victory at Moshannon Valley on Jan. 3 in Houtzdale.

The Wolves needed a comeback after falling behind 21-16 at halftime to the Damsels, and they got it by outscoring MV 15-6 in the third quarter to take the lead.

Brynne Hershbine knocked down two foul shots with 13 seconds left to give SJCA the win. Mann led the team with 13 points and Poston-Cooper added 12.


In Philipsburg, guard Halle Herrington continues to do her thing, but the Lady Mounties ran into a very hot Central team in Martinsburg on Jan. 3.

Herrington netted 31 in the game, but Central’s balance was too much for the Mounties in a 70-40 loss. The Lady Dragons did what they could against Herrington while shutting down the other P-O scorers and pulling away for the win.

The loss dropped the Mounties to 4-4 with big games against Bellefonte, SJCA and Huntingdon on the horizon.


After a slow start to the new season, Bellefonte’s troubles continued into 2018 with a 50-34 loss to Williamsport on Jan. 3.

The Lady Raiders went cold in the second period — scoring just two points — and they paid for it as the Lady Millionaires took a double-digit lead and pulled away for the win.

The loss dropped Bellefonte to 1-7 for the season with Mountain League play beginning again Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Tyrone.



Pat Rothdeutsch covers Penn State football for The Centre County Gazette. Email him at
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