Frazier girls cruise past Geibel
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Good teams are able to rebound from bad losses, and Frazier girls basketball coach Shara Zupanc was expecting to see that bounce-back mentality from her team in Thursday's Section 4-A home game against Geibel.
“After our performance Monday (a loss to Winchester Thurston), we needed to get back to basics, and that's what we stressed,” Zupanc said. “We wanted to have a good performance.”
The Commodores (9-8, 4-3) didn't let their coach down as they raced to a big first-quarter lead and never looked back on their way to a 55-27 victory over the Gators.
“We needed to make a statement in our own minds and build our own confidence,” Zupanc said.
Frazier got plenty of production from Cassidy Guiser, Lauren Timko, Hannah Kline and Lauren Somers. The Commodores were strong on the boards, which allowed them the chance to put up multiple shots on many possessions.
“Defensively we were good, but rebounding was the key,” Geibel coach Shawn Holup said. “We were giving up three or four opportunities, and you don't have a chance when you let that happen.”
Guiser scored all of her game-high 16 points in the first half, including nine in the second quarter. She finished with three 3-pointers. Timko (14 points) and Somers (eight) each connected for at least one basket in every quarter.
Frazier led, 32-10, at the half, and Kline put the game away with a solid third quarter in which she scored six points on her way to a 10-point effort.
Zupanc was pleased with the way her team spread the scoring around.
“Statistically, half our points come off assists and we did a good job of passing,” Zupanc said.
Geibel, coming off a 49-22 win over Mapletown, couldn't seem to find an offensive rhythm. Peyton McIntyre led the Gators (3-16, 0-7) with 11 points, and Emily Costantino added eight points. Despite the loss, Holup believes his team is making strides.
“We've played well at home, but we've struggled away,” he said. “The next step is for the girls to learn to play in an environment on the road.”
With the win, the Commodores maintain their hold on third place in the section, and they'll visit Clairton on Monday. Also on Monday, Geibel will host Monessen.
Jason Black is the Local Sports Editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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