Lady Tide Open Season With Thrilling 36-35 Win Over Moshannon Valley

basketballAMESVILLE – The Curwensville Area High School girls basketball team opened the 2013-14 season Monday night on the road, visiting the Moshannon Valley Lady Damsels, and came  home with a hard fought 36-35 victory.

With the Lady Tide trailing 35-34, freshman guard Hannah Dixon hit a bucket just inside the three point line with eight seconds remaining to pull out the win.

The Lady Damsels pushed the Lady Tide until the end as Moshannon Valley took a one point lead into the fourth quarter, 31-30.

Curwensville head coach Rusty McCracken said afterwards, “It’s always good to get the win on opening night even though we didn’t look good out there at times.”

The Tide offense couldn’t get it going for most of the second half but did turn up the defense in the final frame, holding their hosts to just four tallies.

McCracken followed up with, “Mo Valley played very hard, which kept them in the game until the end.  And we will take the win, but we certainly need improvement, especially with our shooting.”

Junior Ciara Strickland of Curwensville paced all scorers with 18, while Dixon chipped in with nine.

Ally Kronenwetter with 12 and Hannah Kitko with 10 led the Lady Damsels.

In junior varsity action it was Moshannon Valley beating the Lady Tide by a score of 21-14.

Moshannon Valley, now 1-1 on the season, is next on the road to Juniata Valley for a Wednesday night contest.

The Lady Tide, 1-0, return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Brockway to take on the Lady Rovers. The JV game starts 6 pm and the varsity will immediately follow.

Listen to Curwensville-Brockway girls basketball on WOKW-FM, 102.9, Tuesday night, starting with the pre-game show at 7:15 pm.

CURWENSVILLE – 36

Ciara Strickland 7 2-2 19,  Abby Dugo 0 0-0 0,  Tierra Shope 0 3-4 3,  Kealy Wassil 0 0-2 0,  Heather Thorp 2 0-0 4,  Hannah Dixon 4 1-2 9,  Shauna Guy 1 0-0 2, TOTALS  -  14  6-10  36.

MOSHANNON VALLEY -  35

Ally Kronenwetter 5 2-4 12,  Emily Smith 1 0-2 2,  Haley Stodart 2 0-0 4,  Hannah Kitko 4 0-0 10,  Emily Kolesar 3 1-2 7,  Mackenzie Kitko 0 0-0 0, TOTALS  -   15  3-8  35.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

CURWENSVILLE 11 11 8 6 36

MOSHANNON VALLEY 10 10 11 4 35

THREE-POINTERS: Strickland 2; H. Kitko 2.

Lady Tide Scoreboard:

Date Opponent Score Record
12/09 @ Mo Valley 36 – 35 1 – 0
12/10 @ Brockway
12/13 RIDGWAY
12/16 @ Harmony
12/20 KANE
12/27 CLEARFIELD
01/03 @ DuBois Central
01/06 @ West Branch
01/07 JOHNSONBURG
01/10 MO VALLEY
01/13 HARMONY
01/15 ELK COUNTY
01/20 @ Glendale
01/21 @ Ridgway
01/24 BROCKWAY
01/27 DUBOIS CENTRAL
01/31 @ Johnsonburg
02/03 GLENDALE
02/04 SHEFFIELD
02/07 @ Kane
02/10 @ Clearfield
02/12 WEST BRANCH
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