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Lady Rams still not ‘an easy out

by on February 08, 2018 10:22 AM

The Penns Valley girls’ basketball team’s torrid play from the beginning of the season has begun to cool off, but that by no means makes the Rams an easy out. 

Far from it. PV was 9-1 going into a very tough loss at Tyrone on Jan. 17, and since then the Rams have won four and lost three.
Two of those losses, however, came to non-league teams (Bellwood and Lewisburg) and the other was at the hands of 17-3 and first-place Central in Martinsburg.

After the losses to Bellwood and Central, the Rams returned home for a fortitude-check game against 12-7 Huntingdon.

A loss would have dropped the Rams two games behind Central in the league standings and down to third place, but not to worry. PV broke out to a seven-point halftime lead and then put away the Bearcats with a 13-3 third-quarter run. The final was 58-43, and the Rams were again led by point-guard Hannah Montminy, who poured in 20 points to lead all scorers.

As it stands now, PV is in second place in the Mountain League standings with an 11-2 record and in a tie with Tyrone. Central leads at 12-1.

Penns Valley has two league games remaining — and four games altogether — against Clearfield and at home against Tyrone on Friday, Feb. 9. Circle that date.
 

ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY

In Boalsburg, there is still not much stopping the St. Joseph’s Academy girls’ team. The Lady Wolves are now 16-3 after three wins in the past week over West Branch (46-39), Cowanesque Valley (49-28) and Philipsburg-Osceola (66-48).

In the Philipsburg win on Feb. 5, Lady Mountie all-everything guard Halle Herrington threw in 33 points, but SJCA has some players who can score as well. Denaya Poston-Cooper scored 29 points in the game and Selena Mann added 21 as St. Joe’s broke away for a 66-48 win.

With games remaining against Moshannon Valley (Feb. 7, after Gazette press time), at Harmony (Friday, Feb. 9) and against East Juniata (Saturday, Feb. 10), the Wolves have a good chance of getting to 19 wins for the season and then breaking the 20-win mark in the playoffs.

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA

Phillipsburg avenged its earlier loss to Bellefonte with a no-it’s-not-a-misprint 75-33 win over the Lady Raiders on Jan. 31.

Just five days before, Bellefonte stopped P-O 57-51 in Bellefonte, but the Mounties defense showed up for the rematch and held the Raiders to single digits in each of the first three quarters.

Meanwhile, Herrington was on her way to a 42-point night as P-O wrapped things up early with a 50-19 lead going into the final quarter.

Other than that good news, things have been difficult for Philipsburg. The team is now 7-13 for the season, after losing a league game to first-place Central, 59-27, on Feb. 2 and then the non-league game against SJCA on Feb. 5.

P-O plays Clearfield on Friday, Feb. 9.

BELLEFONTE

In Bellefonte, the Lady Raiders came back from that terrible night against P-O and put up a spirited effort against second-place Tyrone on Feb. 2.

Tyrone used a balanced attack to creep ahead through three quarters by 13, but Bellefonte scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to keep pace with the very-good Lady Eagles.

Maddie Tice led the way for Bellefonte with 14 points, and even though the Raiders finally fell 60-48, Bellefonte stayed within striking distance the entire night.

The Raiders, now 3-16, still have lots of ball to play. They have three away games against BEA, Juniata and Central Mountain, and then finish the season again against Central Mountain at home on Thursday, Feb. 15.

BALD EAGLE AREA

Bald Eagle Area fell to 2-18 with two losses — albeit close ones — to Clearfield and Bloomsburg on Feb. 2 and 3.

The Clearfield loss was especially tough. The Lady Bald Eagles fell behind early, and then rallied through the middle quarters to tie the game at 22-all going into the final quarter. Clearfield, however, outscored BEA down the stretch 13-11 to take the 35-33 Mountain League win.

Bald Eagle has two games remaining, each league games, against second-place Tyrone on Feb. 7, after CCG press time, and then against archrival Bellefonte on Friday, Feb. 9. Both games are at home.

 



Pat Rothdeutsch covers Penn State football for The Centre County Gazette. Email him at sports@centrecountygazette.com
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