Lady Chucks keep rolling with wins over Bradford

BRADFORD — The Lady Chucks relied on solid defense again, with both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams holding the Bradford Lady Owls to 20 and 18 points, respectively, in a pair of wins Friday in Bradford.

Just because they played well defensively doesn't mean they weren't playing well from the other side of the ball, though.

In the eighth-grade game, Hope Bridge led the way in the scoring category with 16 points, nearly out-scoring the Lady Owls herself en route to a 30-18 victory.

Ivy Ferko added eight points to the Lady Chucks' winning cause, and Emma White and Morgan Doverspike each chipped in with four points.

"The girls played well all week and capped it off today," Punxsy head coach Mike Carlson said Friday after the game. "They have really improved at breaking a press and that showed today."

One area did stand out to Carlson as an area Punxsy might continue to improve, though: Taking more shots.

"I would like to see them take more shots, but their defense makes up for it," he said.

Carlson also noted some impressive play from some of his players that might not show up on the score sheet.

"Ivy Ferko made nice decisions against the press tonight, and our bigs, Madison Haverilla, Hope Bridge and Morgan Doverspike, did great on the boards," he said.

In the seventh-grade game, Punxsy used its stifling defense and good offensive output to outscore Bradford 10-2 in the first quarter, and the Lady Chucks cruised from there to win 33-20.

Punxsy head coach Darrin Kriebel was especially impressed with the way his team shot the ball.

"What an excellent shooting performance my team displayed in this game, especially in a gym where the girls had never played before today," he said. "They shot the ball with confidence and it showed."

Kriebel also noticed that his team responded well to the pressure of playing on the road yet again.

"Anytime you can go on the road, shoot like we did and get a victory, it's great," he said. "When you add good defense — allowing just five points per quarter — it's twice as great."

Morgan VanLeer led Punxsy's scorers with 12 points, followed closely by Alli Lunger, who scored 10.

Devon Dubensky added seven, and Alli Ishman wrapped up the well-rounded scoring attack with four.

"This team is playing with a high level of confidence and a lot of energy right now, and it's showing whenever they take the floor," Kriebel said.

Both Punxsy teams hope to keep rolling on the road when they travel to Hollidaysburg this afternoon.

The eight-graders travel to Clearfield alone Wednesday to take on St. Francis.