Huntingdon opened Friday evening’s home game against Mountain League unbeaten Penns Valley on the right foot and kept the Rams in check. However, Penns Valley came out quickly in the second quarter to build a 16-point lead at the half and went on to a 57-28 victory.
The win improved the Rams to 7-2 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the league. The Bearcats, who haven’t played a game since December 27th, slipped to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the circuit.
“There was a lot of talk early about not playing for so long, but postponing the Bellefonte game actually gave us a full week to prepare for Penns Valley,” noted Huntingdon head coach Patrick Cassidy. “I felt we were prepared for Penns Valley and came out strong at the start. But, we didn’t control a lot of things we should have in this game.”
Allie Troup paced the Bearcats with eight points, while Kynnedy Miller and Kaitlyn McElroy followed with seven apiece.
Penns Valley got a game-high 18 points from Hannah Montminy as well as 17 from Bella Culver. Emma Butler added eight.
Montminy scored seven of her points in the opening period to help the Rams build an 11-9 lead. McElroy had four points for the Bearcats. McElroy knocked down her lone three-pointer for the game in the second quarter, but Montminy countered with seven and Paige Kubalak had five to send Penns Valley into the intermission up 33-17.
“We attacked Penns Valley’s defense very well in the first quarter and were getting good looks inside,” added Cassidy. “We were getting to the foul line and executing our press. Penns Valley eventually went to a 3-2 zone and we were stil getting some good looks, but we weren’t finishing things off.”
Miller popped a pair of treys in the third quarter, but Culver torched the net for 10 points in the frame, pushing Penns Valley’s lead to 51-25 heading into the final stanza. Huntingdon had just two foul shots from A. Troup and one from Emily Kurtz in the fourth.
Leah Beben scored 12 points to help the Rams to a 44-36 victory in the junior varsity prelim. Lexi Troup and Syd Sellers posted 11 points apiece for the Bearcats (4-2).
Huntingdon travels to Bellefonte Monday for a reschedule game from last Monday.