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Harmony, Purchase Line girls fall at Portage Tournament
Saturday, December 8, 2012
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
PORTAGE - When a 3-point shooting team struggles to get on track, an opponent can stick around longer and longer until it snaps out of its funk.
Unfortunately for the Purchase Line girls basketball team, Penn Cambria broke out of its early shooting funk at the right time on Friday at the 19th annual Art Burkett Memorial tournament in Portage.
The Lady Dragons cut into an early 6-point deficit and pulled to within three, but a charge call wiped a bucket off the board and the Lady Panthers began to pull away.
Deonna Capelli knocked down a 3-pointer - her only bucket of the contest - on the Lady Panthers' ensuing possession following the charge, and her team fed off it to score 13 of the last 15 points to pull away for a 44-27 win.
"We didn't think their tall girls caused us many problems ... it was their outside shooting," said Purchase Line head coach Rebecca Hudak. "They really started hitting their outside shots in the second quarter. They were cold in the first and then they started hitting. We just couldn't get out on them fast enough."
Capelli's trifecta sparked the Lady Panther offense, which went just 7-of-37 in the opening half - including a 2-for-22 effort in the first quarter.
Penn Cambria found its groove, primarily Megan Wheeler in the paint, during the third quarter, where it outscored the Lady Dragons 15-2 to put the game away.
Wheeler scored 11 of her team-high 13 points in the quarter, including a 6-for-6 mark at the charity stripe.
Like the Lady Panthers, Purchase Line struggled from the field and it wasn't until the game was well in hand that it was able to break out of the drought.
The Lady Dragons made just four of their first 32 attempts and trailed 36-9 heading into the final stanza.
In the fourth, Karli Rorabaugh made her final six attempts of the game to lead all scorers with 18 for Purchase Line, which will play against Harmony in the consolation game this evening at 6.
"(It went downhill after the charge) because we didn't score anything in the third," Hudak said. "We couldn't get it going. We have a man-to-man offense, but we're just not patient with it. It's a new offense for them and I don't think they have confidence in it yet. They aren't patient enough ... and we weren't passing the ball enough. It's something that will come with time."
Savannah Greene chipped in with five points for Purchase Line, which got a team-high 10 rebounds from Melanie Hilliard.
Brianna Mulhern and Emily Roberts each added 11 points for Penn Cambria, which knocked down six shots from beyond the 3-point arc.

Portage 63, Harmony 16
Harmony committed 32 turnovers, including eight in the first three minutes, in a loss to Portage, which scored the game's first 28 points.
The Lady Owls turned the ball over twice within the first 10 seconds - a problem that plagued them a season ago, where they went 0-22 - as the host Lady Mustangs' pressure, speed and athleticism was too much to overcome.
Harmony didn't get on the board until Lindsay Welteroth connected on the first of her three 3-pointers in the contest with 3:14 left in the opening half.
"Portage is going to be the nicest team we play ... they have a super team," said Lady Owl coach Ralph Butterworth. "They're fast, they're quick. You can practice all you want, but until you play that type of speed you don't know (what you have). I could pass all day long, but the next thing you know they're down the court doing a layup.
"Nothing from our scrimmages compared to how fast they were. They have height, they have speed, they can shoot."
While Harmony had issues hanging on to the basketball, Portage committed just five turnovers in the contest as it had four players in double digits.
Olivia McCabe led all scorers with 20 points, while Emily Chobany (12), Lexi Wozniak (11) and Paisley Zatek (10) also had solid nights scoring.
Sophomore Nikki Wortman added four points for the Lady Owls, who tangle with Purchase Line in the consolation game this evening at 6.
"We had a better second half," Butterworth said, "but we have to pick it up. They took the ball out of our hands when we were dribbling; they took the ball right out of our hands when we were passing it. They were just too fast for us.
"We'll see how we do against Purchase Line tomorrow. It'll give us a better idea of what we're going to be like. They're no slouch and they have a nice team, so we'll see how it goes."

Purchase Line-27
Rorabaugh 9 0-1 18, Greene 2 1-2 5, Hilliard 0 0-0 0, Fleming 1 0-0 2, Stover 0 1-2 1, Riva 0 1-2 1, Prugh 0 0-0 0, As. Goodlin 0 0-0 0, McCoy 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 3-7 27.
Penn Cambria-44
Krug 1 1-2 3, Mulhern 4 0-0 11, Roberts 4 3-4 11, Capelli 1 0-0 3, Wheeler 3 6-8 13, Vincent 0 0-1 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Creehan 1 0-1 3, Gawel 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 10-16 44.
Three-pointers: Mulhern 3, Capelli, Wheeler, Creehan.
Score by Quarters
Purchase Line   0  7  2 18-27
Penn Cambria  6 15 15  8-44

Woodley 0 0-0 0, Woodward 1 0-0 2, Welteroth 3 0-0 9, Brink 0 0-2 0, Dyda 0 0-0 0, Wortman 2 0-0 4, Hull 0 1-2 1, Nalley 0 0-0 0, Stiver 0 0-0 0, Mulhollen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 6 1-4 16.
Chobany 5 0-0 12, O. McCabe 10 0-1 20, Ramus 1 0-2 2, E. McCabe 0 2-4 2, Zatek 5 0-0 10, Nolan 1 0-0 2, Jubina 0 0-0 0, Wozniak 4 2-2 11, Baker 1 0-0 2, Crum 0 2-2 2. Totals: 27 6-11 63.
Three-pointers: Welteroth 3; Chobany 2, Wozniak.
Score by Quarters
Harmony   0  4   2  10-16
Portage   16 19 13 15-63

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