Penns Valley jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on visiting Huntingdon Friday evening, but the Bearcats settled in and started to apply some pressure. Huntingdon came roaring back and rolled to an 81-50 victory over the Rams.
Unbeaten Huntingdon improves to 11-0 for the season and 6-0 in the Mountain League. Penns Valley slips to 7-4 overall and to 3-4 in the circuit.
“Part of who we are is that we want to wear people down,” said Huntingdon coach Nick Payne. “Penns Valley is very disciplined in its offense and defense and they took advantage of us early in the first quarter. After we settled down, we pressured the ball and made them play fast.”
Nick Rigby scored six and Owen Lane five in the first quarter as the Bearcats finished with a 17-14 lead. Jackson Ritchey scored nine and Rigby eight in the second period when the Bearcats went on a 19-7 run to break the game open. They went to the locker room with a 36-21 lead.
The score was balanced in the third period as the Bearcats outscore the Rams 25-17. Ritchey and Rigby each scored seven points for the Bearcats and Lane added six. Cameron Shaffer kept the Rams in the contest with 11 points in the period.
Huntingdon didn’t let up in the fourth period, outscoring the Rams 20-12 with a lot of bench players seeing time on the floor.
“Once we got going, we got a lot of scoring opportunities in transition,” said Payne. “Defensively, when Penns Valley was able to set up in the half-court, they were telegraphing passes. We did a good job in the half-court of picking their zone apart and finding the open man. Our defensive quickness stifled them.”
Rigby led the Bearcats with 21 points on the night. Ritchey finished with 16 and Lane contributed 13.
“Owen is starting to find his place in the offense and making good contributions,” Payne concluded.
Shaffer was the top scorer for Penns Valley with 13 points. Logan Snyder was next with eight.
In the junior varsity contest, Tony Poorman and Darin Harman each score 12 points, but Huntingdon (5-4) lost 57-37.
The Bearcats are home Monday to take on Central Mountain in a non-league contest.