CURWENSVILLE — Katrina Seaburn scored a career-high 21 points in a double-double and Ciara Strickland added 14 points as the Curwensville Area High School girls basketball team made it two wins in as many nights on the Patton Hall hardwood by taking care of business against a short-handed Brockway squad Monday.
The Lady Tide, which may have set a school record with 77 shots in the fast-paced Allegheny Mountain League South Division opener, took command in the final two minutes of the second quarter and continuously widened the gap in the second half for the 57-32 victory.
“We’re right where we want to be,” coach Rusty McCracken said after Curwensville’s first 2-0 start since the 2004-05 season. “This was a game that was questionable, and we came out on the good side of it.
“Everybody contributed, and I was just really pleased with the whole team.”
The Lady Tide’s swarming defense had a hand in 23.5 shooting and 42 turnovers by the Lady Rovers, who didn’t back down without returning starters Juli Vokes (knee injury) and Juli Esposito (sickness), their two high scorers in their 1-1 split at the Brockway Tip-Off Tournament.
“I hope we can take credit for most of the turnovers, forcing them to do things they didn’t want to do,” McCracken said. “They’ll be better the next time we see them. Hopefully, we will be too.”
The lead changed hands five times in the first quarter, but Curwensville never trailed after Seaburn wrestled an offensive rebound from two Lady Rovers for a tough putback and an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 7-5 with 2:33 left.
A putback by Laura Felczak, who led Brockway with 10 points and nine rebounds, tied the score before Strickland’s lay-up gave Curwensville a 9-7 edge at the break.
Seaburn and Strickland, who was shadowed all over the court by Adriana Terwilliger, accounted for all of the Lady Tide points.
Brockway’s defensive tactic and having three starters whistled for two fouls apiece slowed the Curwensville offense.
“They tried to keep the ball out of Ciara’s hands, and Katrina stepped up and got her points,” McCracken said. “When we got in some early foul trouble, we had to adjust and the people who came off the bench picked us up a little bit.
“I think Abby Dugo played the game of her life. She came out and really gave us a boost.
“The big key was we got points from different people, and that’s what I’m really looking for.”
Dugo triggered Curwensville’s 19-point second quarter with push shot from outside and added another late in the period. Tierra Shope ignited a 10-2 run in the final 1:32 with what amounted to a four-point play when she was fouled on a lay-up off a Dugo pass, missed the free throw but wound up with a putback off a teammate’s miss seven seconds later. And Kealy Wassil converted a fast-break pass from Heather Thorp to set the halftime score at 28-18.
Curwensville’s strong finish was the answer to Alena Brosky’s two free throws and Felczak’s three-point play that had erased most of an 18-11 lead the Lady Tide held with all but two of the points coming from Seaburn and Strickland.
The Lady Tide pressure defense led to several fast breaks in the third quarter, and most ended after excellent passes, with Strickland (2), Heather Thorp and Becca Johnson picking up assists.
“They’re looking for each other and sharing the ball,” McCracken said. “It’s a coach’s dream seeing everybody doing what you would want them to do.”
Eight of the Lady Tide’s dozen points in the third period were netted by Seaburn, who grabbed 12 rebounds.
Curwensville steadily increased the margin in the fourth quarter and capped the win with a 12-1 run in the last three minutes.
With 26 field goals, the Lady Tide shot 33.8 percent but was outrebounded 39-33.
Shauna Guy poured in 17 points for the Lady Tide jayvees, but they came out on the short end of another nail-biter, 28-26, after losing by one point in their first game.
Curwensville travels to Ridgway Friday for another AML-South encounter.
BROCKWAY — 32
Laura Felczak 4 2-4 10, Taylor Cappetta 2 0-0 5, Adriana Terwilliger 0 0-0 0, Ashley Moore 1 0-0 2, Samantha Gould 0 2-2 2, Alex Wright 4 1-4 9, Ashley Cherubini 0 0-1 0, Alena Brosky 1 2-2 4, Stephanie Spirk 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 12 7-13 32.
CURWENSVILLE — 57
Heather Thorp 0 0-2 0, Becca Johnson 1 1-4 3, Ciara Strickland 6 2-4 14, Katrina Seaburn 10 1-1 21, Tiffany Carter 2 0-0 4, Tierra Shope 3 1-9 7, Abby Dugo 3 0-1 6, Kealy Wassil 1 0-0 2, Shauna Guy 0 0-0 0, Haley McGarry 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26 5-21 57.
Three-Point Field Goal – Brockway 1 (Cappetta).
Score by Quarters
Brockway 7 11 7 7 – 32
Curwensville 9 19 12 17 – 57
Officials – Tim Barnes and Chris Sherkel.