TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Geibel girls top Mapletown, ending 27-game skid

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Lori Padilla | For the Daily Courier
Geibel's Toni Ardabell fights to pull down a rebound against several Mapletown players during Tuesday's game.
Top high school sports
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 10:08 p.m.
 

Entering Tuesday's game, the Geibel girls basketball program had lost 27 games in a row dating back to February 2011.

But the streak is no more as the Gators beat visiting Mapletown, 54-17, in a nonsection game.

It was the first win for Shawn Holup, who took over as Geibel's coach prior to last season.

After falling behind by a basket early, the Gators went on a 25-0 run that put them in control.

Senior Peyton McIntyre led Geibel with 19 points. She scored the Gators' first six points.

“We always seem to start slow,” Holup said. “But when Peyton is on, she is a tremendous shooter, and we go to her.”

McIntyre was a part of last season's winless team, so a victory early in this season is particularly gratifying.

“It's definitely a different feeling,” McIntyre said. “But we'll be back to work (Wednesday), and maybe, we'll get on a little roll. It feels good to get the win.”

The Gators built a big lead largely because of their defensive pressure. Geibel forced Mapletown into turnovers, which gave the Gators a lot of extra possessions. Geibel then converted those extra chances into points.

“Probably the biggest thing was our defense,” Holup said. “Our offense has to come from our defense, and it did.”

McIntyre and Karly Judy were instrumental in forcing the Maples into turnovers.

“I thought Karly Judy was tremendous in our 1-3-1 (defense),” Holup said.

Judy also was effective offensively as she made five baskets for 10 points. Haley Hutchinson also knocked down five shots, including a 3-pointer for an 11-point game.

Abby Shipley, Rachel Buchtan and Renee Dingle each scored four points to lead the Maples (0-3).

For the Gators, breaking the long run of losses was great, but the focus is quickly shifting to the next set of games, beginning with Thursday's game at Jefferson-Morgan.

“We feel like in the next several games, we have a good shot to win, and this was a great experience for them,” Holup said.

“We're still a very young team, and this is great for their confidence. We needed this.”

Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jblack@tribweb.com or 724-626-3534.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Man barricaded in house near West Hempfield Elementary School
  2. Pirates cut 12, including outfielder Tabata and pitcher Lincoln
  3. Penguins’ protracted slump continues with 5-2 loss at Carolina
  4. Bodies of Kochu, Gray found in Ohio River in West Virginia
  5. Hays eagle egg breaks; unclear if chick was born
  6. Narduzzi set to begin more critical evaluations during Pitt football spring drills
  7. Munhall’s Strom helps Cal (Pa.) rise to the top
  8. Pittsburgh angles to keep Heinz headquarters in merger
  9. About face: Pirates’ Burnett now digging the shifts
  10. Sewickley mortgage broker pleads guilty in bank fraud conspiracy
  11. Sestak’s use of rank violates military’s code of ethics