A poor shooting night was the downfall for Huntingdon’s girls in a non-league matchup against Allegany, Maryland, Thursday evening. The Bearcats made just eight of 57 shots in a 49-25 loss to the Campers.
Huntingdon slips to 12-7 for the season and the Campers improve to 13-1.
Taya Sloan scored four points and Kelsey O’Neal dropped a trey and Allegany jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the first three minutes of the game. Kynnedy Miller hit a three and Corinne Reamer nailed a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 7-5. After Alayzia Ward put back a miss, Miller converted a traditional three-point play to close the gap to 9-8, as close as the Bearcats would get the rest of the night. Sloan hit a three from the top of the key with three seconds left to give the campers a 12-8 lead.
O’Neal had a steal and layup to score the first basket of the second quarter, then Miller made her second trey of the contest. After that Ward scored eight straight and 11 total as the Campers finished the half on a 13-0 run to lead 27-11 at the break.
“We were not attacking and not hitting three-point shots in the first half,” said Bearcat coach Patrick Cassady. “Allegany’s size disrupted us when we tried to go inside and we couldn’t finish. We got away from the what we do.”
Allegany outscored the Bearcats 15-6 in the third quarter. Ward and Sloan scored six points each. Kaitlyn McElroy hit a three-pointer and a deuce and Allie Troup canned a free throw to account for the Huntingdon points.
Miller scored seven and Reamer added one as Huntingdon outscored the Campers 8-7 in the final eight minutes. Sloan picked up four more points for Allegany.
“We had better ball and player movement in the second half, but shooting kept us from taking advantage of our opportunities,” said Cassady. “Defensively, we had some breakdowns, but we did some good things as well. It was a good effort even though it doesn’t show on paper.”
Ward scored 19, Sloan 17 and O’Neal 11 for the Campers, who canned 21 of 44 shots (48 percent) and had a 40-29 advantage on the boards. They were guilty of 16 turnovers.
For the Bearcats, Miller finished with 16 points. Huntingdon hit just 14 percent from the field, but only turned the ball over nine times.
In the junior varsity game, Lexi Troup scored 15 points to lead the Bearcats (11-4) to a 35-29 victory.
Huntingdon will finish the regular season tonight by hosting Bellefonte in a Mountain League matchup.