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Eighth grade dominates final quarter to earn win

October 4, 2011

Punxsy's Ivy Ferko handles the ball during a Sept. 15 junior high basketball game against DuBois Central Catholic. Punxsy head coach Mike Carlson said Ferko and teammate Mikeelee Brink contributed to Punxsy's 31-14 win Monday in St. Marys by "making good decisions at both ends of the court." (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ST. MARYS — The Lady Chucks eighth-grade team basketball team outscored St. Marys 13-6 in the final quarter of Monday afternoon's game in St. Marys to earn a 31-14 win.

"All the girls played well in the second half to help us pull away," Punxsy head coach Mike Carlson said. "After St. Marys cut it to six point in the fourth quarter, the girls executed perfectly."

Punxsy's scoring was led by Hope Bridge, who scored 15 points. Bridge was followed by Emma White, who scored eight.

Claire Smith added three; MiKeelee Brink and Ivy Ferko had two each; and Morgan Doverspike added a free-throw for the Lady Chucks.

Carlson was pleased with the way his team played on both ends of the court, singling out a few players in particular.

"Emma White is always asked to guard the other team's best player, and tonight, she really made a good basketball player work very hard to get anything," he said. "MiKeelee Brink and Ivy Ferko made good decisions on both ends of the court, as well."

In the seventh-grade contest, Punxsy was out-scored 14-5 in the first quarter, and although the Lady Chucks battled back, they never quite erased the early deficit, and St. Marys won the game 32-26.

"An early deficit combined with too many turnovers against St. Marys' press defense unfortunately became the story line for this game against the Lady Dutch," Punxsy head coach Darrin Kriebel said. "The bottom line was St. Marys came out ready to play with intensity, and this team didn't match that intensity until deeper and later in the game, which is tough to do when you're on an opponent's floor."

Punxsy's leading scorer was Alli Lunger with 13 points, followed by Morgan VanLeer with eight.

Devon Dubensky added three points, and Kaitlyn Ray pitched in with two.

Both Punxsy squads will face DuBois Central Catholic in DuBois Wednesday.

"We'll look forward to a good practice (today) and be ready to face a very good DCC squad," Kriebel said.

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