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Punxsy ends small losing skid with Monday's win

January 18, 2011

Punxsy's Shaina Painter (left) drives to the basket in this file photo. (File photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team bounced back from its only losing streak to date by thrashing Indiana Monday, 39-14.

The Lady Chucks (8-3) dropped two-straight games to Altoona and Hollidaysburg last week, but Monday, they didn't give up more than four points during any quarter while cruising to a huge win.

Punxsy scored 10 points during each of the first two quarters while taking a 20-7 advantage into the break. After jumping ahead 33-11 entering the final frame, Punxsy allowed just a three-pointer during the fourth quarter.

Allie Fye had a huge game, outscoring Indiana by herself with 15 points, including 13 during the first half alone. She added five rebounds.

Both Anna Horner and Alyssa Reitz scored five points, and Nicole DiPietro and Jensen Constantino added four points and four rebounds each. Horner also pulled down four boards and had three assists.

Kat Nestel managed four points and five rebounds, DiPietro led with five steals, and Fye, Horner, Reitz and Shaina Painter tallied two steals apiece.

The Lady Chucks will now have a number of days off before heading to Saturday's tournament in DuBois. Punxsy plays Clearfield at 12:30 p.m. and DuBois at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Hollidaysburg 31, Punxsy ninth-grade girls 25

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Punxsy's two-point second quarter stood out during a 31-25 loss to Hollidaysburg last Friday.

Punxsy led 8-7 after the first quarter, but the Lady Golden Tigers were ahead 29-16 entering the final frame after an 8-2 second quarter and 14-6 third quarter.

The Lady Chucks' 9-2 fourth quarter wasn't enough for a comeback win.

Nicole DiPietro and Kat Nestel led Punxsy with six points apiece. Anna Horner hit a three-pointer and tallied five points, and Jensen Constantino followed with four. Constantino had a team-best five boards, Allie Fye added three rebounds and Anna Horner managed two steals.

Leading Hollidaysburg in scoring were Payton Civils with 15 points and Kassie Hurliman with nine.

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