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Ligonier’s Olivia Miller leaves her opponent behind and heads down the court. Taken on 1/10/2014 at the Ligonier High School

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By Peter Turcik
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 6:59 p.m.

The Ligonier Valley High School basketball team lost three straight games, two against first and second ranked conference opponents. Ligonier was outscored by these conference titans 104-77.

Ligonier lost to Marion Center, 59-35. Traveling to Jeannette for a non-conference game, Ligonier lost 43-41. And going into Blairsville, the Rams were unable to hand the Bobcats their first conference loss of the season, falling 65-42.

This brings Ligonier's season to 10-10 overall, with an 8-5 record in the Heritage Conference.

The Stingers took an early lead and kept the scoreboard ticking over, scoring 19 points in the first and taking a 30-17 lead into the half. After three straight quarters scoring only single digits, the Lady Rams found themselves in a hole they could not dig themselves out of.

Taylor Rudnik led scoring for Ligonier, putting up 12 points, two from behind the three-point arc.

Olivia Miller and Amanda Ross each scored eight points. Madison McLaughlin added five and Helene Bloom scored two points.

In the closest game of the series, Ligonier trailed Jeannette by two points at the half, but rallied in the third quarter to take a 32-23 lead into the final frame. However, a 20-point scoring burst from Jeanette was just enough to lift the Jayhawks to victory.

Miller's 14 points earned her the top scoring spot for Ligonier. Rudnik followed with 13, Bloom, Ross and Kacie Flickinger each scored four points and Jamie Wynn contributed two.

Ligonier managed to hang with top-ranked Blairsville through the first quarter. However, the Bobcats took control of the game in the second, putting up 18 points and allowing only five to lead 34-19 at halftime.

The low-scoring quarter put Ligonier behind, but 23 points in the second half was still far behind 31 for Blairsville. In the end the Wildcats maintained their top spot in the conference, winning by a margin of 23.

Miller again led scoring for Ligonier, putting up 12 points. Rudnik followed with 10.

Bloom scored seven points, McLaughlin five and Wynn and Ross both added four to the tally.

Peter Turcik is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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