Winchester Thurston routs Geibel

| Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 11:20 p.m.

A tough season for the Geibel girls basketball team just keeps getting tougher.

Members of the Gators have been battling the flu for several weeks, and because of this, Geibel played without Jessica Cocciolone and Alyssa Hutchinson for a Section 4-A game against visiting Winchester Thurston on Thursday.

With little size inside, the Gators (2-12, 0-5) were nearly powerless to stop the Bears (6-6, 3-2) in the paint, and the game was decided early. Winchester Thurston built a 17-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back on its way to a 70-28 victory.

Shala Barney was a force inside, scoring nine baskets down low on her way to a 20-point effort.

“Shala is physical, and she's been playing pretty strong lately,” Winchester Thurston coach Monica Williams said.

Brytney Humphries finished with 11 points. Lexi Lonero was the Bears' outside threat, draining five 3-pointers to finish with 16 points.

Geibel's best spurt came in the second quarter as the Gators reeled off a 6-0 run to pull to within 22-12. Peyton McIntyre scored three baskets in the second quarter and finished with a team-high 16 points. The problem for Geibel was, that aside from McIntyre, there wasn't much point production throughout the rest of the lineup. Karly Judy was Geibel's second-leading scorer with six points.

“Peyton had 16 of our 28 points,” Geibel coach Shawn Holup said. “We just need a little more balance.”

For a team that has struggled for most of the season, Holup continues to look for positives.

“We've had some girls sick, but I'm happy with our effort because Winchester Thurston is a playoff team,” he said.

After the Gators had pulled to within 10, the Bears responded and closed the quarter with a 9-0 run. Winchester Thurston dominated the second half and outscored Geibel, 19-6, in the third quarter.

With a big lead on their side, the Bears tried to fine-tune different aspects of their game.

“We wanted to work on some things that would help us in the long run,” Williams said. “We wanted to move the ball and work on our trap. But I'm still not happy with some of the stuff. We only got three buckets off the trap. But we started with a 1-3-1 and we wanted to get up early to get some more players in the game, and we were able to do that.”

The Gators didn't get a lot of clean looks at the basket, and second-chance opportunities were few and far between.

“Their size really bothered us,” Holup said. “But we never quit.”

Geibel will play a nonsection game at Southmoreland on Saturday.

Jason Black is the Local Sports Editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at

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