Huntingdon put nine players in the scoring column Friday night, including four in double figures, and the Bearcats earned their third win in as many starts this season with a dominating 67-20 Mountain League win at Clearfield.
Huntingdon improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the league, while the Bison slipped to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the circuit.
Allie Troup paced the Bearcats with 14 points, while Lexi Troup added 12, Kynnedy Miller 11 and Kait McElroy 10. Tesa Miler fronted Clearfield with seven points, while Olivia Bender added five.
“We challenged the girls to continue the pace we’ve been on and keep the intensity on defense. That gave us a strng start and got us the lead,” commented Huntingdon coach Jeremy Uhrich. “We faced a 3-2 zone tonight, which slowed us down some. But, we were also able to get some steals and score with our full-court press. We told the girls, our pressure defense will lead to baskets and they deserve a great deal of credit for holding Clearfield to single digits in all four quarters.”
Allie Troup netted her first eight points in the opening period and helped the Bearcats to a 19-5 lead. Lexi Troup added five in the second and Rachel Kyle had four as the lead grew to 31-8 at the intermission. Miler had four of the Bison’s five points in the first quarter.
Miller canned a pair of three-pointers in the third and R. Kyle added another four markers to push the Bearcat lead to 48-15 heading into the fourth. A. Troup had six points to lead a group of six Bearcat scorers in the final stanza.
“We worked the ball well against the zone and thought we’d see some man defense, but they stayed in the zone the whole game,” added Uhri9ch. “But, we stressed being patient, which gave us a chance to work on things. We’ve got a tough stretch next week with Mount Union, Tyrone and Central, which should be a good early test to show us where we are at right now.”
Clearfield won the junior varsity game 46-32. Lilly Greenfield scored 10 points for the Bearcats (0-2).
Huntingdon is home Monday for Mount Union.