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Altoona snaps Punxsy's seven-game winning streak

January 11, 2011

Punxsy's Nicole DiPietro drives to the basket in this photo from Dec. 2010. (File photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ALTOONA — The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season against Altoona Monday night, falling by the score of 40-16 on the road.

The Lady Chucks (7-2) are 7-0 against non-Altoona teams, as they started the season with a loss to the Lady Mountain Lions before winning seven-straight games. Monday, Punxsy trailed 13-9 in the second quarter before a 25-4 run in Altoona's favor put a Punxsy comeback out of reach.

The Lady Chucks were outscored 13-4 to close the first half before Altoona used a 12-0 third quarter to lead 38-13 entering the fourth.

Punxsy made 5-of-15 shots during the first half, but just 1-of-22 field goals during the final two quarters.

Jensen Constantino scored a team-best five points and added three rebounds, and Alyssa Reitz, Anna Horner and Allie Fye tallied three points apiece, with both Reitz and Horner nailing a three-pointer.

Nicole DiPietro pulled down five rebounds, and Kat Nestel had four boards.

Punxsy has another tough test upcoming, with a trip to Hollidaysburg scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Punxsy 30, Indiana 24

INDIANA — After trailing 12-11 going into halftime, the Punxsy ninth-grade girls outscored Indiana 19-12 during the remainder of the contest for a 30-24 victory.

Punxsy began the turnaround with a 10-5 third quarter before finishing off the Lady Indians with a 9-7 final frame.

Jensen Constantino led all Punxsy scorers with 12 points, and she also pulled down a team-best six rebounds.

Nicole DiPietro had seven points, and both Anna Horner and Alyssa Reitz scored four apiece.

Allie Fye had six rebounds, Reitz had five rebounds and three steals, and Shaina Painter tallied four boards.

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