Ligonier girls notch conference win
The Ligonier Valley High School girls basketball team opened the season Dec. 6-7 on the road for the Greensburg Salem Tipoff tournament. Ligonier fell to Trinity High School 44-37 in the first game of the tournament, but snatched a come-from-behind 41-40 victory from Greensburg Salem on the second day.
Ligonier started strong against Trinity, taking a 23-20 lead into halftime and kept the lead through the third quarter. However, a fourth quarter surge of 15 points by Trinity and strong defense held the Ligonier Rams to only four points in the final period. Olivia Miller led scoring for Ligonier with 10 points, followed by Amanda Ross with eight. Taylor Rudnik made seven points and teammates Helene Bloom and Madison McLaughlin earned six points each.
The following day, Ligonier trailed 37-22 after three quarters. However, the Rams put up 19 points in the fourth quarter and only allowed three to beat Greensburg Salem by a single point. Bloom was the high scorer for Ligonier with 10 points and 14 rebounds, eight of them defensive. Jamie Wynn followed with eight points and McLaughlin had seven. Miller earned five, Rudnik four, Ross snagged three and Kacie Flickinger and Kari Kuhn each scored two points.
The Rams then traveled Dec. 11 to Homer Center for the opening Heritage Conference game of the 2013-14 season. Ligonier's run for the Heritage Conference Championship began on the positive side bringing home a 62-54 win over the Homer Center Wildcats.
The Ligonier Rams and Wildcats had a close-fought battle with Homer Center taking a 32-29 lead at halftime. Ligonier closed the scoring gap to within one point by the end of the third quarter and capped the game off with a 20-point offensive run in the fourth quarter to take and hold the lead, bringing home the win.
In this high scoring game for Ligonier, Bloom, Miller and McLaughlin all put up double-digit scores. Bloom logged in the most points with 18, Miller posted 13 and McLaughlin finished with 10. Rudnik shot seven points, Kuhn six, Ross finished with four and teammates Wynn and Ava Kurtz each sank a basket.
The Lady Rams traveled Dec. 12 to Conemaugh and played host Monday to the Northern Cambria Colts. The Ligonier team then made the trip Wednesday to meet the Marion Center Stingers and will compete 7:30 p.m. Friday with the Comets at Penns Manor.
Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.