Girls basketball loses 1, wins 1
The Ligonier Valley girls' basketball team traveled twice last week for conference action against Marion Center and Penns Manor. The Ligonier Rams lost the first game 48-35, but were able to bounce back and grab a convincing win over Penns Manor 55-30. This brings Ligonier Valley's conference record to 3-1, winning four of seven games so far this season.
In the first game of the week, Marion Center outscored Ligonier Valley in all four quarters, taking a 10-point lead into halftime. Trailing 29-19 going into the third, the Lady Rams could not close the gap, allowing 11 Stingers points to 10. A single-digit tally for both teams in the fourth quarter kept Marion Center out in front.
Amanda Ross led scoring for Ligonier Valley, putting up nine points and grabbing eight rebounds. Jamie Wynn and Taylor Rudnik both scored eight points, followed by Olivia Miller with six and Helene Bloom and Madison McLaughlin, who both added two points.
Ligonier had no such trouble scoring against Penns Manor, outscoring the Comets in three out of four quarters. The Lady Rams only allowed nine points in the first half and the 15-point cushion helped when Penns Manor out scored Ligonier 14-10 in the third quarter. A strong defensive effort in the forth quarter held the Comets to only seven points, while Ligonier put up 21 to secure the win.
Rudnik gave her strongest offensive performance of the year, scoring a team-high 22 points to lead the Lady Rams. McLaughlin and Miller both added nine points. Bloom scored six points, Ross five points and Wynn and Kari Kuhn both contributed two points. Bloom and Wynn both grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked two shots and made four assists. Bloom also made five steals in the game.
The Lady Rams competed at home Dec. 27 and 28 for the Ligonier Valley Holiday Tournament. The Rams will travel Monday to Saltsburg, Wednesday to United and play host 7 p.m. Jan. 10 to the Blairsville Bobcats at the Ligonier Valley High School gym.
Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.