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PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy Chucks' strong effort on the glass Monday night led to a big 60-37 win over the rival Brookville Raiders.
After falling 57-49 to Bradford Friday night, Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal was unsure how his players would respond to face Brookville Monday night.
"It was a real concern with players being players. We broke down the Bradford tape yesterday (Sunday), and addressed some issues to get better," said Neal. "We had a good practice and the guys were upbeat. We wanted to give a good effort and forget about last Friday."
WESTOVER â The temperatures may have been dropping Monday night, but the Lady Chucks' shooting percentage and play on the court was rising.
Punxsy jumped out early and kept building its lead as the game went on to make quick work of host Harmony, 67-22, in Westover.
âThe girls played solid for 32 minutes on both ends of the floor,â explained Lady Chucks head coach Randy Reitz. âThe kids shot the ball really well inside and outside. We also did a nice job on the break.â
The Lady Chucks (9-6) scored eight of the opening 10 points of the contest and never looked back.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The outside temperature was higher than the inside home shooting percentage to begin Friday nightâs girls' basketball game.
Punxsyâs frigid shooting of four of 22 tries in the first half doomed the squad against defending District IX champion Bradford, 52-36, in Punxsutawney.
The two district foes combined to miss the gameâs first 13 attempts from the floor but it was the Lady Chucks who did not score until 5:48 into the affair.
Leading 9-4 after a period, Bradford (13-1/4-0 D-IX) took advantage of the continued cold Punxsy shooting in the second stanza.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In a tightly-contested and emotional affair, the first rematch of last yearâs District IX championship went to the home team after an extra two periods of play.
Bradfordâs Mike Wilber kissed a 25-foot shot high off the backboard as time expired before the home team took advantage of bad Punxsy shot selection in double overtime for a 57-49 victory.
âIt was a very, very tough loss tonight,â a drained Dirk Neal, Punxsyâs head coach said. âThis was a very emotionally draining effort.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It may have taken 28 minutes but the Chucks were able to get its direction and get in âGeerâ to clip the Cardinals on Saturday night.
With only a hard-fought two-point lead, 54-52, Punxsy rode the wave of all-out effort by Cory Geer to spearhead the winning final four minute stretch drive over DuBois Central Catholic 62-52, in Punxsutawney.
These Punxsy 4th-grade girls dominated Homer Center 23-2 in the
Championship game of the Homer City tournament held on Jan. 5 and 6.
The young Lady Chucks bested United and Saltsburg to face Homer Center in the title game. There were a total of six teams in the tourney. After claiming the title, the girls got together to pose with the championship trophy.
They are (from row, from left) Chloe Presloid, Abbey Stello; (back row) Olivia Roberts, Eliott Ferrent, Riley Presloid, Murphy White, Sara Weaver and Ryley Casaday with team coach Mike Weaver behind the girls.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When the situation has called for it, the one constant of the 2012-13 girlsâ basketball season has been unrelenting defense.
The unrelenting, 32-minute Punxsy Lady Chucks' defense was on its game against a solid Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader squad.
The home Lady Chucks forced 27 turnovers, including three in the late fourth-quarter surge â all off Allie Fye steals â when their offense found its mark off the defensive end for a 39-31 victory in District IX League action.
ST. MARYS â Tradition held true on the basketball court on Tuesday night.
The District IX league long-standing tradition of Elk County Catholic's gymnasium being the toughest place to play in the area was a reality, as the Crusaders crunched the Chucks, 50-30, in boys' basketball.
The night started off like many have up to this point of the season for Punxsy.
The Chucks (8-3) lit the scoreboard for nine of the contest's first 11 points for a 9-2 lead. Brandon Mancuso produced two scoring drives into the lane and popped a triple to spur the visiting advantage.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy Chucks grapplers could not handle a talented Brookville Raiders squad, falling 62-16 Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.
"I'm not unhappy in general... It was our fourth match of the year, and we wrestled a powerhouse," said Eric Eddy, Chucks varsity wrestling coach. "I thought the kids wrestled really well. We made some mistakes, but Brookville forces you to make some mistakes. Brookville has a fuller lineup, and it is a matter of us filling up the (wrestling) room (with more kids)," he said.
The Punxsy/S.S.C.D 5th-grade girls' basketball team claimed the eight-team Indiana Tournament championship over the Dec. 27-29 weekend.
The squad, which has a 20-0 season record, went undefeated and stormed past Penns Manor, 30-4, in the championship contest.
The Punxsy team members are (front row) Laney Monroe; (second row, from left) Abby Gigliotti, Taegan Ludwig, Kyrie Nestle, Makena Nesbitt; (third row) Katelyn Griebel, Allison Doverspike, Grace Hall, Elizabeth Stello; (back row) coach Brad Gigliotti and coach Robb Nesbitt.