Glendale girls topple Moshannon Valley on Senior Night|
Thursday, January 31, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
FLINTON - It may have been due to the Senior Night festivities. Or perhaps a hangover from a 22-point loss at Williamsburg the night before.
No matter which way you look at it, the Glendale girls basketball team got all it wanted and more from visiting Moshannon Valley on Wednesday night.
The Lady Vikings handled the Damsels twice this season by an average of 21 points, but the third time was the charm for Mo Valley in giving its rival a contest.
The Damsels knocked down shot after shot, boxed out Glendale and limited it to single looks throughout, but despite the improved effort, it still didn't result in a win for Mo Valley.
Lady Viking senior Katelyn Matthews scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds in a hard-fought 40-33 triumph.
"They played a lot better than they did the first two times," said Glendale head coach John Matchock of Mo Valley. "I was impressed. They took away our inside game for the first half and most of the third quarter. They made us shoot from the outside, and nothing was falling in tonight.
"We stuck with the game plan - being patient with the ball - and, luckily, we were able to hang on and pull out a win."
The last time the teams met, the Lady Vikings held a 14-3 lead after the opening quarter.
If it wasn't for a Matthews 3-pointer - the only one made in the game - Glendale wouldn't have broken that mark in a slow-paced first half.
Matthews' trifecta made it a 17-13 contest with 2 seconds left on the second quarter clock, but it wasn't until early in the fourth quarter that the Lady Vikings' defense put the game away.
Mo Valley's Emily Smith knocked down a jumper with 6 minutes, 11 seconds to play to cut the deficit to 32-29, but Glendale stopped the Damsels from getting any closer.
The Lady Vikings only scored four points in a span of nearly four minutes, but Mo Valley couldn't keep possession of the ball on the Glendale half of the court due to the pressure defense.
The Damsels never got closer than five after that.
"We pride ourselves with our defense," Matchock said. "We win and stay in games with our defense. In the first half, we got a lot of steals (10) but we just couldn't convert.
"In the beginning of the fourth quarter, I put our zone press in and we were getting turnovers off that. We weren't converting all of them, but we got the momentum on our side and that's what carried us the rest of the game."
Mo Valley (2-15) made nearly 50 percent of its shots in the second half, which included a 4-for-5 effort from Ally Kronenwetter - who scored a team-high nine points to go along with a game-high 11 boards.
Smith and Haley Stodart, who was 4-for-6 from the foul line in the final quarter, each added eight in the loss.
"I thought we did great compared to the first time we played them," said Mo Valley interim head coach Michelle Grube. "We tried to tell them that we had to work the ball to the middle against their press, but we kept getting trapped and that was definitely a big factor at the end.
"They're a great group of girls and I've worked with them since they were in fifth or sixth grade. I really enjoy them. They have a lot of heart and they give 110 percent. They have a lot of talent and potential, and I always tell them I expect a lot from them because I know what they can do. They've really improved."
Stodart and Smith staked the Damsels to a 4-0 lead before Glendale's offense could get out of park.
The Lady Vikings began the contest 0-for-its-first-6 shots from the field and missed its first six attempts at the foul line before Caitlin Kimberly's bucket with 2:54 left on the clock in the first.
Matthews made consecutive jumpers to give Glendale the lead before Kronenwetter made one of two from the charity stripe to set the score at 6-5 after one.
The Damsels scored six of the first eight points of the second before Glendale ended on a 7-2 run.
Samantha Matchock, Smith and Tayia Swoope led Mo Valley's charge, while Matthews and a pair of Kristal Peterson foul shots forged Glendale ahead at the break.
"We've had a much bigger (halftime) deficit against them," Grube said. "We knew we were in it and the girls really wanted to win it. They weren't hanging their heads or anything at halftime. They knew they were right in it and tried to go out and get the win."
Matthews finished the first half with 5-of-10 shooting, while the rest of her teammates combined to knock down just two of their 16 attempts.
The Lady Vikings resolved their shooting woes in the third, however, as they converted 6 of 13 attempts with five different players making at least one field goal.
Glendale finished the contest 18-for-55, while Mo Valley made 13 of 34 attempts.
"I told them at halftime that we needed to get back to our game," said coach Matchock. "I think we started to get back to where we needed to be in the third quarter. We stuck with it and were able to pull it out.
"We just couldn't hit anything in the first half. I think we settled down a little bit and played with a little more confidence. Eventually, the shots started to fall."
Glendale, which improved to 7-9, recognized Matthews, Kimberly, Cassidy Noel and Ashley Reed in a pregame ceremony.
The Lady Vikings are back in action Friday at West Branch, while Mo Valley entertains Mount Union.
Glendale won the jayvee game, 17-15. Shannon Ricketts led all scorers with 10 points in the win, while Samantha Matchock scored eight to lead the Damsels.
H. Kitko 1 0-1 2, Smith 3 2-2 8, Stodart 2 4-6 8, Kronenwetter 4 1-2 9, Swoope 2 0-0 4, Matchock 1 0-0 2, Smeal 0 0-0 0, M. Kitko 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 7-11 33.
McMurray 1 0-0 2, Reed 0 0-0 0, Noel 1 1-2 3, Kimberly 1 0-0 2, Matthews 11 0-6 23, Kutruff 2 0-2 4, Peterson 2 2-2 6. Totals: 18 3-12 40.
Score by Quarters
Mo Valley 5 8 12 8-33
Glendale 6 11 13 10-40