Ligonier Valley Rams girls basketball team on a winning streak
The Ligonier Valley Rams girls basketball team won three Heritage Conference games to extend its overall winning streak to five games.
At Penns Manor on Feb. 1, the Rams faced a strong Comets team. Kyra Ludwig helped start Ligonier Valley off with eight of her team's 10 points in the first quarter. The Rams led, 10-9.
Taylor Rudnik scored seven in the second quarter and Maddy Grimm added six. Ligonier Valley was up, 27-22, at the half. In the third quarter, Grimm scored one basket, putting her at 999 points. Ludwig and Rudnik had the other eight points in the quarter, which ended with the Rams on top, 37-31.
The Comets scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to make it 37-33. But at the 7:19 mark, Grimm sank a 3-pointer to extend the Ligonier Valley lead back to seven and give the senior guard 1,002 points for her career. The game stopped briefly for a celebration of Grimm's accomplishment, which helps cement her legacy as one of the best athletes to ever attend Ligonier Valley High School.
The Comets kept fighting to get back in the game, but the Rams had answers, especially at the foul line, going seven-for-eight as a team in the final quarter. Ligonier Valley won, 56-49.
Grimm and Rudnik each had 17 points and Ludwig was next with 15. Amanda Ross and Stephanie Heming also scored for the Rams. Ligonier Valley won the junior varsity game, 31-14.
On Feb. 4, the Rams played host to the Northern Cambria Colts in a previously postponed game. Seven players scored in the first quarter, as the Rams went up 17-6. Over the course of the second and third quarters, Ligonier Valley outscored the Colts, 41-0. The game ended as a 75-9 victory for the Rams. Ludwig led the way with 13 points. Rudnik and Grimm each added 10. Grimm also contributed 10 steals and 10 assists for a triple-double. Helene Bloom, Heming, Ross, Gina McKlveen, Caitlin Michaels, Madison McLaughlin, Jamie Wynn, and Kari Kuhn also scored. The Rams won the junior varsity game, 29-14.
Ligonier Valley was home again on Feb. 6 with a game against the Saltsburg Trojans. Rudnik scored 11 of her team's 20 points in the first quarter to put Ligonier Valley ahead 20-5. She added nine more in the second quarter as part of a 24-6 onslaught that put the Rams up 44-11 at the half.
The pace slowed down in the second half as the mercy rule went into effect. Ligonier Valley won, 60-18. Rudnik finished with 22 points in all. Ludwig scored 12. Grimm was three statistics away from a quadruple-double with nine points, nine rebounds, nine assists, and 10 steals. Heming, Ross, Wynn and McLaughlin also added points. Ligonier Valley won the junior varsity game, 42-18.
The Rams are now 13-5 overall and 9-4 in the Heritage Conference. They played Feb. 8 at United and will wrap up the regular season at home this week. Ligonier Valley played host to Blairsville Feb. 13 and will meet Purchase Line Friday for senior night at the high school gym. The regional playoffs will begin next week.
Doug Kurtz is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.