Moshannon Valley falls to Williamsburg|
Saturday, December 29, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
WILLIAMSBURG - The amount of turnovers committed by the Moshannon Valley girls basketball team has been the biggest thorn in their sides all season. Williamsburg added a full-court press defense to the equation and things didn't get any easier for the Damsels.
Mo Valley had 25 turnovers in the opening round of the Williamsburg Holiday Tournament on Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Lady Pirates outscored the Damsels 25-4 in the second quarter to defeat Mo Valley, 60-23.
Mo Valley head coach Van Cornish said after the game that the Lady Pirates' aggressiveness was their most impressive feature in the game.
"We told the girls at halftime that the aggressive team usually wins," he said. "The aggressive ones are usually the ones that get the fouls and to get the baskets."
"I thought we came out way too slow in the first half. We were just watching the ball on offense and defense. We did a little better in the second half, but at that point, it's too late."
Early in the first quarter with the game tied at four apiece, Williamsburg went on a 13-2 run to end the period leading 17-6.
Natia Repine scored seven points in the quarter, while Madison Detwiler and Emily Shaw each had four points for Williamsburg.
Later in the first half, the Lady Pirates' bench became a factor as 11 of Williamsburg's 15 players received minutes in the half. Eight players cracked the scoring column in the second quarter, which proved to be the key period that gave Williamsburg a big lead at the half.
"I wish I had a roster that size where I could rotate that way," said Cornish. "It keeps their team fresh and causes confusion with us. We don't have that luxury of having a big bench. We really have to focus on where we need to be and what we need to do.
"But we're young and we're making all those youthful mistakes that young teams make."
A pair of Damsel freshmen, Hannah Kitko and Emily Kolesar, each scored four points in the first half.
"They'll have little spurts and flashes where we see it," said Cornish of Kitko and Kolesar. "We have to get them to the point where they realize they can do it every single night. With a little bit of work, they'll get there."
The Damsels' defense picked up in the second half and held Williamsburg to just eight points in the third quarter. Emily Smith and Ally Kronenwetter each had baskets in the stanza.
Kronenwetter scored four more points in the fourth quarter for the Damsels, while Emily Smith splashed the Damsels' only 3-pointer of the game in the period.
Smith led Mo Valley with seven points in the game. Kolesar and Tayia Swoope each pulled down six rebounds.
Detwiler and Repine led the Lady Pirates with 10 points each, while Hailey McCall chipped in with nine points.
Mo Valley (0-6) will play in this evening's consolation game against Philipsburg-Osceola, which lost to Glendale 35-33 in the first round. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
Swoope 0 0-2 0, Smith 3 0-0 7, Stodart 1 0-0 2, H. Kitko 2 0-0 4, Kolesar 2 0-3 4, Matchock 0 0-0 0, Kronenwetter 3 0-0 6, K. Kitko 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 0-5 23.
Kensinger 0 0-2 0, McCall 4 0-0 9, M. Detwiler 5 0-1 10, Repine 3 3-3 10, Stayduhar 3 1-2 7, Shaw 2 2-2 6, A. Detwiler 1 0-0 2, Rhule 1 0-0 2, Kennedy 3 0-1 6, Crouch 1 0-0 2, Peck 3 0-2 6, Plummley 0 0-0 0, Simpson 0 0-0 0, Rhoads 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 6-13 60.
Three-pointers: Smith; McCall, Repine.
Score by Quarters
Moshannon Valley 6 4 4 9-23
Williamsburg 17 25 8 10-60