Canon-McMillan clips SHS
ALVERTON - The Southmoreland girls basketball team got off to a good start in Thursday's game against Canon-McMillan, but turnovers, fouls and an offensive letdown by the Lady Scotties helped the Lady Big Macs rebound for a 36-23 non-section victory.
"We hustled," Southmoreland coach Brian Pritts said. "We did hustle, but we didn't generate any offense."
Pritts said Thursday's shooting game was a sharp contrast to Wednesday's contest, which saw Southmoreland defeat South Allegheny.
"It tells me we didn't get the ball on our side," he said.
The Lady Scotties began on a high note, as leading scorer Stacie Funk stepped up to drain a two and a three on her way to a 10-point night.
Amanda Buttermore and Vanessa Coleman helped the team jump out to a 9-4 lead, but Taryn Gibson hit a trey to pull the visiting Lady Big Macs back to within two.
Lacy Morris sank a free throw to make it 9-8 at the end of the quarter.
Annie Marchezak put Canon-McMillan ahead with a bucket to start the second quarter, and Jessie Eisenbert gave the visitors a three-point edge.
Marchezak put together a five-point quarter, and Gibson added four of her game-high 11 points in the period.
Funk tossed in five more points for Southmoreland, but she didn't get much help, with Julie Wisniewski the only other Lady Scottie to find the net in the face of the Lady Big Macs' tough pressure defense.
That defense helped Canon-McMillan earn a 21-16 advantage at the break, and the team's lead only increased as the game rolled on.
Pritts said matching up against the tough defense was good for his team.
"It was a good learning experience for early in the season," he said. "They got to see that pressure."
Funk sat out the opening minutes of the third quarter after amassing three fouls, but Buttermore and Coleman stepped up to keep Southmoreland even with its opponent.
Each team tallied three field goals in the quarter, but a foul shot from Nevele Huston was the difference as the Lady Big Macs gained one more point on the home team.
Canon-McMillan remained on the attack as the fourth quarter began, limiting the Lady Scotties to a single point in the period. That point came on a free throw from Beth Wisniewski midway through the frame.
The Lady Big Macs (1-1), meanwhile, scored half of their eight final-period points from the line. Cynthia Cole and Alison Avolio each hit a pair of foul shots for the team.
Eisenbert sank a basket, and Gibson capped her day with one last bucket off a turnover to help seal the win.
Southmoreland's offensive performance was disappointing, but Pritts was more pleased with the Lady Scotties' defensive display.
"We played sloppily, but defensively, when you hold a team under 40 points, you're doing something," he said. "You just have to bank that you're going to score more than 40."
Southmoreland (2-2) will get another opportunity to kick its offense into gear when it hosts California tonight.