Clearfield girls downed by Huntingdon, 47-38|
Friday, February 1, 2013
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
HYDE - There wasn't much to cheer for in the first half for the Clearfield girls basketball team as a stout Huntingdon press defense forced the Lady Bison into 17 turnovers. However the Lady Bison played with more energy in the second half and nearly pulled off a double-digit comeback with only a quarter left.
Clearfield narrowed the Lady Bearcats' lead down to four points with just over two minutes left, but free throw shooting at the end put the game away as Huntingdon held off the Lady Bison, 47-38, on Thursday evening at Arthur J. Weiss Gymnasium.
"We're in our 17th game and we shouldn't be doing these kinds of turnovers," said Clearfield head coach Joey Castagnolo. I wasn't very happy at halftime, but I thought the big thing was in the third quarter. We played a lot better, but we didn't cut into the deficit enough. I wanted to get it down to about 10 and then make our run.
"Then, the light came on. I said, ‘Every possession counts,' and it seemed like we were scoring every possession."
"We just came up short. It took a lot of guts and desire to even want to come back, and they did."
Clearfield started the game with two buckets down low from Dakota Farmery, who ended the game with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Bison.
Later in the period with Huntingdon up 10-8, the Lady Bearcats ended the first quarter on a 6-0 run that continued into the second quarter with 12 unanswered points.
With 2:41 left in the half, a Breanna Peters free throw ended a drought that lasted over eight minutes for Clearfield. The teams traded baskets to end the half as Huntingdon went to the locker room with a 30-14 lead.
Peters, who finished the game with 19 points and 14 rebounds, had eight points and pulled down 11 boards at the half.
Although the Lady Bison only cut down their deficit by just two points in the third quarter, the team limited its turnovers in the second half and got more quality shot opportunities. Peters scored five points in the period, while Farmery added four.
"We played like a team," said Castagnolo. "We passed the basketball. Things were opening up. We started to see the floor more. I was happy with that, but the first half wasn't acceptable. We can't start slow like that. It's been a pattern for our last few games and we have to correct it.
"We still have five ballgames left and they're all winnable games, but we can't start like that."
Clearfield began the fourth quarter on an 11-1 run that was led by three Peters lay-ins and a clutch 3-pointer from senior point guard Brittany Renaud.
"That was big," said Castagnolo of Renaud's trey. "I was happy with Brittany. She took her time with the shot. A lot of times these girls rush things too much. If they just took their time, it'd be a lot better."
Late in the period with the Lady Bison still down 4, Huntingdon went 5-of-6 from the foul line to put the game in the book. Meanwhile, Huntingdon's defense held Clearfield down as the Lady Bison's last points came at the two-minute mark.
"We got it down to four and that's asking a heck of a lot from the girls to come back from a 14-point deficit, and we almost did," said Castagnolo. "They listened to me at halftime, and the second half was much better. I really can't complain. They gave me 120 percent and that's all I asked for."
In junior varsity action, the Lady Bearcats downed Clearfield, 33-23. Victoria Ireland scored eight points for the Lady Bison.
Clearfield dropped to 5-12 overall and 3-7 in the Mountain League and visits Bellefonte tonight.
Smith 4 4-6 12, Felton 0 1-2 1, Snyder 1 0-0 3, Henney 4 2-6 12, Rivello 4 6-8 14, Kurtz 1 0-0 3, Shoemaker 1 0-0 2, Mansberger 0 0-0 0, Cunningham 0 0-0 0, McCrum 0 0-0 0, Hawn 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 13-22 47.
Renaud 1 0-0 3, Munshower 0 0-2 0, Farmery 7 0-0 14, Sopic 1 0-0 2, Ishman 0 0-0 0, Peters 8 2-4 19, Aveni 0 0-0 0, Lash 0 0-0 0, Ryan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 2-6 38.
Three-pointers: Snyder, Henney 2, Kurtz; Renaud, Peters.
Score by Quarters
Huntingdon 16 14 9 8-47
Clearfield 8 6 11 13-38