Ligonier Valley girls basketball team ends season on winning note

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 5:12 p.m.

The Ligonier Valley High School girls basketball team defeated the Purchase Line Red Dragons Feb. 15 on senior night at the Ligonier gym. The Rams end the regular season with a 15-6 overall record and an 11-5 mark in the Heritage Conference.

Against Purchase Line, the Rams started off with a balanced attack as five players scored in the first quarter to put Ligonier Valley ahead, 15-5. Maddy Grimm and Kyra Ludwig, each scored six points in a 14-point second quarter. The Rams led 29-10 at the half.

Ludwig scored seven more points in the third quarter and Stephanie Heming added six as part of a 19-point effort by Ligonier Valley. The Rams were on top, 48-15, after three periods of play. Ludwig scored seven final points in the fourth quarter and Ligonier Valley went ahead by forty, 59-19, with about four and one-half minutes left in the game. This started a running clock. The Rams eventually won, 64-21.

Ludwig led all scorers with 23 points, including five three-pointers. The senior also contributed seven assists and three steals. Grimm finished with a double-double: 14 points and 16 rebounds. She also added nine assists, seven steals and three blocks.

Heming had 10 points and nine rebounds. Caitlin Michaels scored five points. Amanda Ross, Taylor Rudnik, Jamie Wynn, Nicole Cramer, Madison McLaughlin and Kari Kuhn each scored two-points apiece.

All 17 active players on the roster participated for Ligonier Valley. In addition to those that scored, this included Phebe Cornell, Gina McKlveen, Helene Bloom, Brenna Kolesar, Brittany Lynch, Amelia Kurtz and Ava Kurtz. Molly Horrell has been injured and unable to play.

The Ligonier Valley Rams held scrimmages recently against two excellent teams, Jeannette and Blairsville, in preparation for the upcoming District 56/8 Class AAA playoffs.

The second-seeded Rams are scheduled to play the winner of third-seeded Westinghouse and sixth-seeded Johnstown Thursday in the district semifinals. Westinghouse and Johnstown were to play Feb. 26. In the other semifinal, top-seeded Forest Hills is to face off against the winner of fourth-seeded Carrick and fifth-seeded Huntingdon Thursday as well.

The winners of Thursday's semifinal contests will play in the district championship game, scheduled for Saturday at St. Francis University in Loretto. Both the district champion and the runner up move to the PIAA Class AAA state playoffs as part of a 32-team tournament field.

Doug Kurtz is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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