Lady Tide Go to 3-0 With Rout of Ridgway, 70-28

RIDGWAY – With the biggest offensive explosion in a long time, the Curwensville High School girls basketball team trumped Ridgway, 70-28, on the Lady Elkers home floor Friday night.

The lopsided victory has the Lady Tide sitting at 3-0 for the season and it is the first 3-0 start since the 1997-98 team that ended up 10-14 overall.

Curwensville head coach Rusty McCracken talked about the early season success of his squad, “We thought we could be 3-0 at this point of the season, so we are obviously right were we want to be. Of course we also realize that we are going to see better basketball competition down the road which makes evaluating our team a little difficult at this time.”

Ridgway, which dropped to 0-4 for the year, had a pretty good offensive night themselves.  The Lady Elkers previous high score was earlier this week when they scored 11 points in a losing effort to Port Allegany, 61-11.

Actually the Lady Elkers surprised everyone in the gymnasium by jumping out to a 4-0 lead before the Tide went on a 9-0 run to take command and win the battle of the first quarter 18-9.

Lady Tide senior Rebecca Johnson had the magic in the first frame, hitting for 11 points. On the evening Johnson scored 19.

The second eight minutes wasn’t very kind to Ridgway, both offensively and defensively, as the Elkers put up just three points while surrendering 28, as Curwensville went out to a 39-12 halftime bulge.

Another Lady Tide tallied 11 points in the second quarter, as sophomore Ciara Strickland found her touch on the way to a game high 27 tallies.

With the second 16 minutes still left to play, the final score was the only question left to be answered.

The Lady Tide outscored Ridgway 31-16 in the second half to complete the rout.

Senior Katrina Seaburn also had double figures for Curwensville, adding 11.

The Elkers were led by Jessica Kifer with seven points, off of the bench, a bench which outscored the starters 17-11.

Curwensville came into the game shooting only seven of 27 from the free throw line.  Friday night the Lady Tide hit 17 of 28.

The free throw performance by the Lady Tide wasn’t lost on McCracken, who said, “We have worked very hard on our free throw shooting the last few days and it started to show tonight.”

Finally, McCracken spoke about some game positives, saying “We did a better job defensively in this game and did a great job of finding each other on the fast break.  And that comes from experience, which is one of our team strengths this year.”

The junior varsity contest was won by easily by the Lady Elkers, 54-16, over the Lady Tide.

The Lady Tide next play on Wednesday December 19, when they host the Lady Owls of Harmony at 7:30 pm.  Listen to Lady Tide basketball that night on WOKW-FM, 102.9, with the pre-game starting at 7:15 pm.


Rebecca Johnson 7 4-4 19,  Katrina Seaburn 4 3-8 11,  Kealy Wassil 0 0-0 0,  Ciara Strickland 12 3-5 27,  Heather Thorp 2 2-2 6,  Tiffany Carter 1 5-6 7,  Tierra Shope 0 0-3 0,  Abby Dugo 0 0-0 0,  Bailey Dale 0 0-0 0,  Shauna Guy 0 0-0 0, TOTALS   –  26   17-28  70.


Tracey Ecklund  0 0-1 0,  Jenni Thomas 1 0-0 2,  Dani Shirey 2 2-4 6,  Ellen Tomchich 0 3-6 3,  Savannah Nelson 0 0-0 0,  Sierra Kos 3 0-0 6,  Alyssa Mitchell 0 0-0 0,  Jessica Kifer 2 3-3 7, Amanda Shilk 2 0-0 4, Jilly Mercer 0 0-0 0,  Keirston Hinton 0 0-0 0, TOTALS  –  10   8-14   28.


CURWENSVILLE 18 21 12 19 70

RIDGWAY 9 3 11 5 28


OFFICIALS: Ryan Harlan, John Iorfida

Lady Tide Scoreboard:

Date Opponent Score Record
12/10 MO VALLEY 52 – 16 1 – 0
12/11 BROCKWAY 57 – 32 2 – 0
12/14 @ Ridgway 70 – 28 3 – 0


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