Rams girls squad tops Dragons
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The Ligonier Valley Rams girls basketball team triumphed in a convincing win over the Purchase Line Red Dragons but then fell to the Homer Center Wildcats.
Ligonier Valley traveled Jan. 15 to Purchase Line to play the Red Dragons. The Rams got off to a solid start, out-scoring the hosts, 12-4, in the first quarter. Kyra Ludwig scored half of those points for Ligonier Valley. Maddy Grimm, returning to play from injury, scored six points in the second quarter as the Rams totaled 10 to take a 22-8 lead into the halftime locker room.
Ludwig had another good quarter in the third period, scoring seven for Ligonier Valley, which went up 33-15. Taylor Rudnik totaled the most points in the final period, with six. The Rams won, 45-23.
Ludwig ended up with 15 points to lead all scorers. Grimm and Rudnik each finished with eight points. Grimm also contributed five steals and three assists. Stephanie Heming scored six points, grabbed 12 rebounds, stole the ball four times, blocked three shots, and assisted on two baskets.
Amanda Ross pulled down nine rebounds to go with two points. Madison McLaughlin and Caitlin Michaels also scored for Ligonier Valley. The junior varsity lost its game to Purchase Line, 29-28.
On Jan. 17, the Rams met the Homer Center Wildcats at the Homer Dome. Four players scored for Ligonier Valley in the first quarter, which ended at 12-12. The home team Wildcats edges out to a 21-18 lead at the half.
But thanks to a stifling defense that limited Homer Center to just three points in the third quarter, the Rams tied it up again, 24-24, heading into the final quarter. There the Wildcats were able to pull ahead and hold on for a 40-32 win. Heming scored 10 for Ligonier Valley and also had six rebounds. Grimm totaled eight points, four steals, four assists, and three blocks. Ludwig, Ross and Rudnik also scored for the Rams.
The Ligonier Valley junior varsity won its game, 30-24.
The Rams are now 8-5 overall and 5-4 in the Heritage Conference. Ligonier Valley needs to pick up one more victory to ensure a spot in the District 5⁄6/8 regional playoffs.
The Rams were back in action earlier this week with a non-conference home game against the Conemaugh Township Indians. There is another home game tomorrow night as Ligonier Valley plays host to the Northern Cambria Colts.
Doug Kurtz is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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