JV Chucks, Lady Chucks keep on winning
ST. MARYS — The Punxsy junior-varsity boys' basketball team outscored St. Marys 18-9 during the final period of a 58-54 triumph Tuesday in St. Marys.
Punxsy was behind 31-29 at halftime before the Dutch extended their lead to 45-40 entering the final quarter. That's when the Chucks (9-8) turned it up a notch to down the Dutch.
Tim Pearce finished with a huge game, scoring 15 points behind three three-pointers and three two-pointers.
Garrett Zimmerman made four baskets and four free throws for 12 points, Hunter Tibbs had 11 points, and Devin Nicholson tallied nine points. Both Tibbs and Nicholson were 2-for-2 on free throws and nailed a trey.
Ian Miller had seven rebounds, and Nicholson, Zimmerman, Luke Spack and Jesse Venturini had four rebounds. Tibbs added three assists.
Justin Beimel tallied a team-best 17 points for St. Marys.
The JV Chucks host DuBois at 6 p.m. tonight. Senior Night will follow immediately after the JV game.
Lady Chucks 40, St. Marys 34
PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy junior-varsity girls' basketball team's powerful start helped it cruise to a 40-34 victory over St. Marys Tuesday.
The Lady Chucks were able to even their record at 8-8 with the win.
Punxsy led 15-7 after one quarter and 23-19 by halftime. Both teams scored 15 points during the second half.
Emily Horner managed her third-straight double-digit scoring effort, finishing with 13 points. She scored 10 points after halftime.
Emily Reitz totaled 10 points, six of Alison Jones' eight points came in the first quarter, and Ashley Reitz added six points.
Leading St. Marys in scoring were Abbey Cribbs (10 points) and Sloan Foster (nine).
Elk CC 58, Chucks 48, OT
PUNXSUTAWNEY — A 12-2 overtime helped Elk County Catholic down the Punxsy JV Chucks last Friday in Punxsutawney, 58-48.
Punxsy trailed 28-18 at halftime, but used a 17-5 third quarter to get back into the game. ECC's 13-11 fourth quarter forced overtime.
Devin Nicholson led all Punxsy scorers with 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
Garrett Zimmerman added nine points, Hunter Tibbs had eight points, both Tim Pearce and Jesse Venturini scored six points, and Luke Spack tallied five points.
Lady Chucks 24, Elk CC 17
PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy JV girls beat Elk County Catholic for the second time in four days during a 24-17 victory Monday.
The Lady Chucks were ahead 15-7 by halftime thanks to a 12-5 second quarter. ECC cut the deficit to 17-12 entering the fourth, but Punxsy still held on for the win.
Emily Horner led all scorers with 13 points, including eight during Punxsy's big second quarter. Ashley Reitz and Lauren Wolfe added four points apiece.
Lady Chucks 34, Elk CC 22
ST. MARYS — A 12-0 first quarter set the tone during the JV Lady Chucks' 34-22 win over Elk County Catholic last Friday.
Punxsy was ahead 15-10 at halftime before another great start to a half — 9-2 in the third quarter — led to the double-digit win.
Emily Horner led with 12 points, Mary Sloniger had 10 points, and Ashley Reitz scored seven points for Punxsy.
DuBois 38, Lady Chucks 28
PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks couldn't keep pace with DuBois during the third quarter of a 38-28 loss Jan. 28.
Punxsy was down 19-16 entering the break when the Lady Beavers came out with a 10-0 third quarter to pull away.
Sisters Ashley Reitz (11 points) and Emily Reitz (nine points) led Punxsy in scoring. The Lady Chucks were 5-of-18 from the free-throw line.
Melissa Stuart scored a game-high 16 points for DuBois, including 10 during the second half.
Ligonier Valley 37, Lady Chucks 27
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Balanced scoring ensued, but the Punxsy's JV girls were dispatched by Ligonier Valley Jan. 25, 37-27.
Punxsy had four girls score seven points or fewer, including Alison Jones' seven points. Emily Horner, Emily Reitz and Ashley Reitz tallied six points apiece.
The Lady Chucks finished the first half strongly, outscoring Ligonier 11-4 in the second quarter to lead 15-13 at halftime. But a 14-3 fourth quarter in Ligonier's favor led to Punxsy's loss.