Punxsy picks up wins over Curwensville

CURWENSVILLE — The Punxsy Lady Chucks seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams each picked up wins over Curwensville in their season openers Tuesday in Curwensville.

Punxsy's 8th-grade team jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter and outscored Curwensville in each quarter, including a 10-3 run to finish the game to pick up a 45-17 win.

After his girls held Curwensville to 17 points, head coach Mike Carlson pointed to the team defense as a strength for Punxsy.

"The girls played well defensively, which led to easy hoops for us," he said. "All eight girls were in great positions defensively. It was a nice opening game."

As for the other side of the court, Carlson liked the way his team played fundamental offense, as well.

"Offensively, they set good screens and made some nice passes," he said.

The Lady Chucks were led by Ivy Ferko, who had 19 points.

Emma White added seven, and five others' chipped in with four points: Claire Smith, MiKeelee Brink, Morgan Doverspike, Hope Bridge and Madison Haverilla.

Punxsy's seventh-grade squad also picked up a win in its opener Tuesday, defeating Curwensville, 35-20.

Punxsy outscored its opponent 11-2 in the first quarter, and never trailed during the win.

Curwensville won the second quarter battle, 8-5, to come within six points at halftime, but Punxsy came out with a 12-2 run to start the second half to put the game away.

Punxsy's leading scorer was Alli Lunger, who had 16 points.

Kaitlyn Ray added six points for Punxsy. Tessa Winebark, with five points, and Devon Dubensky and Morgan Van Leer, each with four points, wrapped up the scoring for the Lady Chucks.

Though head coach Darrin Kriebel was glad to earn the win in his team's first game, he still saw room for improvement, as well.

"This was a typical opening game, as we played very well at times and also showed, at times, why we need to continue to come to practice and work towards improving day to day," he said.

Kriebel looks forward to seeing just how far his girls can progress over the course of the season.

"I'm confident that once we get a few more practices in and play a few more games, we will continue to demonstrate improvement, from beginning to end each week, just like the girls did during this game."

Both teams will play their home opener today at 4 p.m against Elk County Catholic.