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December 20th

Four big wins help Lady Chucks improve to 5-1

December 20, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team has definitely hit its stride, as the Lady Chucks won their fifth-straight game with a 59-3 victory over Clearfield Monday night in Punxsutawney.

The Lady Chucks (5-1) — who have all eighth-graders on their roster — didn't allow a point until the second half, leading 31-0 going into halftime. Punxsy kept up the pressure during the second half, outscoring the Lady Bisons 28-3 during the final two quarters.

Anna Horner had a huge game, scoring 20 points. Half of those 20 points were scored during the fourth quarter.

Brookville dismantles Karns City, 72-25

December 20, 2010

BROOKVILLE — It just wasn't a good night to be a Karns City boys' varsity basketball fan.

After knocking down a three-pointer to start the game, the Gremlins failed to score again until the 5:44 mark in the second quarter.

Oh, and the Raiders couldn't miss a shot, either.

Brookville quickly erased the deficit by outscoring its opponent 26-3 in the first quarter alone en route to an overwhelming 72-25 victory.

That one-sided score could have easily been even worse had both teams not emptied the benches late in the first half and throughout the second half.

December 19th

Ninth-grade Chucks control Raiders, improve to 3-0

December 19, 2010

BROOKVILLE — A dominant first quarter carried into a huge victory for the Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team last Friday night in Brookville.

The Chucks led 21-4 after the first quarter before earning a 52-43 win over the Raiders.

"The first half was the best half of basketball we have played this year," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "On both ends of the floor, we were really on top of our game."

The Chucks' lead improved to 35-16 by halftime before the Raiders avoided the blowout with a 27-17 second half.

December 17th

Chucks unable to knock down threes during Brookville's win

December 18, 2010

BROOKVILLE — The Punxsy boys' basketball team had the right game plan to counteract Brookville's height, but the Chucks' struggles from behind the three-point line led to a 50-42 loss to the Raiders Friday night on the road.

Punxsy earns first win during blowout at home

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team won its first game of the season Friday, downing the Clarion Lady Bobcats in Punxsutawney, 34-13.

The Lady Chucks jetted out to a 7-0 lead, only for Clarion to come back with a pair of buckets that set the score at 7-4 after one quarter. Everything changed after the first quarter, as the Lady Chucks finished the game on a 27-9 run.

Punxsy outscored the Lady Bobcats by a 15-3 margin during the second quarter, taking a 22-7 advantage into the break.

December 16th

Newsome, defense propel Lady Raiders past Punxsy

December 16, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Brookville girls' basketball team was playing its fifth game in seven days to start the season, but its intensity level — especially on defense — didn't suffer at all Thursday night in Punxsutawney.

Sophomore Lanae Newsome led with 23 points and six steals, and the Lady Raiders never trailed during a 49-35 road victory over the Lady Chucks.

Brookville head coach Mark Powell was ecstatic for his Lady Raiders (4-1, 1-0 District IX League), saying that his squad played one of its better games this season.

December 15th

Punxsy teams find success versus Brockway, DuBois CC

December 15, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team evened its record two games into the season with a dominant 46-16 victory over Brockway Wednesday night at home.

The Chucks (1-1) didn't allow a point during the second quarter, and that allowed them to cruise to the victory.

Punxsy led 26-8 at halftime before outscoring the Rovers 20-10 during the second half.

"We did a better job tonight defensively. We still tend to lose our man a little too often," Punxsy coach Glenn Good said. "Offensively, we did score (more), but we still are not running our sets well enough."

Pins, forfeits help Chucks take care of Stingers

December 15, 2010

MARION CENTER — What a difference a year makes.

One year after the Marion Center junior-high wrestling team earned a 54-42 victory in Punxsutawney, the Chucks routed the Stingers Tuesday night, 66-21.

The Chucks (1-1) earned five victories by forfeit over Marion Center, which had just 10 wrestlers. Registering forfeit victories were Kaleb Young (6-0), Stephanie Smith (3-2), Matt Burke (5-1), Troy Peace (5-2) and Andrew Bullers (3-3).

"We earned five forfeits, but for the most part, the kids wrestled well," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Still lots of room for improvement."

December 14th

Chucks less than impressive during blowout win

December 15, 2010

MARION CENTER — Though the 55-9 score indicates a blowout, the Punxsy wrestling team hopes Tuesday's performance against Marion Center is its worst of the season.

Due to Marion Center having just seven wrestlers on the varsity roster, Punxsy received six forfeits to total 36 points. Aside from the forfeits, Punxsy (1-0) would have earned a 19-9 victory on the mat, but head coach Eric Eddy wasn't pleased with his team's sluggish performance.

Defensive intensity powers Chucks to first win

December 15, 2010

NEW BETHLEHEM — For the first time since Jan. 6, the Punxsy boys' basketball team exited the court with a victory Tuesday night.

Thanks to a defense that forced turnovers and allowed just two third-quarter points, the Chucks (1-1) ended their 15-game losing streak with a huge 62-34 victory over Redbank Valley in New Bethlehem.

Early in the contest, when Punxsy was ahead just 14-12 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs were getting to all of the loose ball first.

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