Huntingdon quickly shook off any effects of Thursday evening’s home non-league loss to Allegany, Md. with a strong team effort during Friday’s Mountain League contest at Bald Eagle.
The Bearcats put nine players in the scoring column, while defensively holding the Eagles to just three points in the opening period. Huntingdon built a seven-point lead in the first quarter and then pulled away in the third for a 47-34 victory.
The Bearcats improved to 13-7 overall and 9-4 in the league, including a 46-33 home victory over the Eagles back on January 16th. Bald Eagle slipped to 4-17 and 1-12 in the circuit.
Allie Troup paced Huntingdon with 12 points, while sister Lexi came off the bench for 10 points. Kynnedy Miller and Kaitlyn McElroy followed with six points apiece.
Rachel Veneziano fronted the Eagles with a game-high 16 points, while Lexi Skripek finished with six.
“Overall, this was a good team effort tonight,” noted Huntingdon coach Patrick Cassidy. “We came out and started well and I felt we had a good start to the second half as well. Bald Eagle played us mostly man-to-man tonight and we saw some pressure when we crossed half court. But, once we got the ball moving, we were able to work our screens.”
A. Troup had half of her points in the opening period, helping the Bearcats to a 10-3 lead at the quarter. Skripek had all six of her points in the second and Veneziano added four. However, Miller and L. Troup had five apiece to send 47-34Huntingdon into the intermission leading 23-16.
“Veneziano is a big girl who gets a lot of her points off rebounds or driving off the wing. She’s very aggressive off the dribble and had a good game,” added Cassidy. “Bald Eagle tried to get up on us and pressure us, but I felt the girls did a good job staying balanced and within themselves.”
L. Troup posted another five points in the third to help push the Bearcat lead to 36-23 heading into the final stanza. Rin Reamer canned a three-pointer in the fourth for Huntingdon and A. Troup added four points, while Veneziano had seven.
L. Troup had 11 points and Mady Burkey added nine to help the Bearcat junior varsity (12-4) to a 35-22 victory.