BROCKWAY – The Curwensville Area High School girls basketball squad played its second game in as many nights on Tuesday, on the road at Brockway to face the Lady Rovers.
In the end it was the Lady Tide coming out on top with a 46-35 victory to pick up win number two on the young season.
Lady Tide junior guard Ciara Strickland scored five points in the first eight minutes to give Curwensville an 11-8 margin after one quarter.
Then freshman Hannah Dixon dumped in seven second quarter points off of the bench to put the Tide in front by 12 at the intermission, 29-17.
The Lady Tide ended the second frame on an 8-0 run with five players having a hand in the eight points.
However, just like the night before against Moshannon Valley, Curwensville came out cold to start the second half, scoring just four points, all from Dixon, in the third quarter. But the Lady Rovers couldn’t take advantage of the cold spell and scored just six of their own to only cut the Lady Tide margin by two going into the final stanza.
Lady Tide head coach Rusty McCracken spoke about the history of the third quarter for his squad, “The third quarter, for whatever reason, has been a curse to us the last few years. We were, once again, very cold in that period, but the good thing was that Brockway didn’t do much better.”
The Lady Rovers did not fold on this night, as they cut the Lady Tide lead to six, 38-32, with 3:01 left in the contest on two free throws from Brockway senior Katie Whitaker.
In the end though, Curwensville would win the final eight minutes 13-12 to wrap up the win.
Dixon paced all scorers with a game high of 15, while Strickland tallied 13 for the Lady Tide.
Laura Felzak had eight for Brockway, which fell to 1-2 on the year under first year head coach Dick Esposito.
McCracken talked about the inside game , “The Brockway girls are big and physical inside and they play really hard. I thought that Shope (Tierra) and Wassil (Kealy) did a good job for us against their (Brockway) inside game.”
About the early season success McCracken commented, “Well, we sure would like to see this success continue, but we realize that we need more scoring from the others, which is something we will work on.”
Brockway won the junior varsity game, beating Curwensville by a score of 26-9.
Next up for the Lady Tide (2-0) will be a home game at Patton Hall on Friday against the Lady Elkers of Ridgway. The JV game tips off at 6 pm with the varsity to start immediately after.
CURWENSVILLE – 46
Heather Thorp 0 4-8 4, Ciara Strickland 5 2-2 13, Tierra Shope 2 7-10 11, Abby Dugo 0 0-0 0, Kealy Wassil 0 1-2 1, Hannah Dixon 7 0-0 15, Shauna Guy 0 2-2 2, Christine Limbert 0 0-0 0, TOTALS - 14 16-24 46.
BROCKWAY - 35
Taylor Cappetta 2 0-3 4, Katie Whitaker 0 4-6 4, Julie Esposito 3 1-2 7, Laura Felczak 4 0-0 8, Ashley Moore 1 1-3 3, Stephanie Spirk 1 0-0 2, Adrianna Terwilliger 3 1-3 7, Ashley Cherubini 0 0-0 0, Alena Brosky 0 0-0 0, Kathy Cappetta 0 0-0 0, TOTALS - 14 7-17 35.
THREE-POINTERS: Strickland, Dixon
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
CURWENSVILLE 11 18 4 13 46
BROCKWAY 8 9 6 12 35
OFFICIALS: Mike Campbell, Kevin Mortimer, Kevin Doverspike
Lady Tide Scoreboard:
|12/09||@ Mo Valley||36 – 35||1 – 0|
|12/10||@ Brockway||46 – 35||2 – 0|
|01/03||@ DuBois Central|
|01/06||@ West Branch|