Muncy girls fall to Mount Carmel

DANVILLE – Despite getting points from just three players, No. 5 Muncy held its own against No. 1 Mt. Carmel for most of the first half.

Once in the second though, Muncy’s inability to get points from other players allowed Mount Carmel’s defense to take control. And behind the defensive performance of Ann Raybuck, who had three blocks and four steals, Mt. Carmel reached a third consecutive District 4 Class AA championship with a 73-44 win over the Indians.

Of Raybuck’s game-high four steals, three came in the first quarter as the Red Tornadoes held a 17-15 lead at the conclusion.

In the second, Raybuck’s defensive efforts refocused to the offensive end as she helped Mt. Carmel break open the game with an 11-0 run. Raybuck sparked the run after a Brianna McLaughlin 3-pointer gave Muncy a 22-21 lead.

The Red Tornadoes continued to push the tempo, scoring the first nine points of the second half. The once manageable deficit of seven at the break, quickly became a 59-34 advantage for the Red Tornadoes.

“We came out a little flat,” Muncy coach Craig Weaver Jr. said of the second half. “We talked about coming out in the third and getting a spark. Mount Carmel came out ready to go and that was the difference.”

McLaughlin and Jones each posted a game-high 19 points, with all other Muncy players scoring a combined six points.

The Indians’ (17-7) offense took a major hit when McLaughlin was tagged with her third foul in the third quarter. She was immediately subbed, which helped Mount Carmel (21-4) outscore Muncy 22-5 in the quarter.

“It really holds us back,” Weaver said of McLaughlin’s early fouls. “She’s our defensive girl that gets us started out front and we had to get her off the point.”

Muncy missed a chance at a third consecutive state tournament appearance with the loss. But, despite falling short of the team’s goal, Jones and McLaughlin played inspired ball throughout the season, with Wednesday’s game acting as the perfect illustration of their value.

The pair scored the first eight points for Muncy. Jones also attempted all seven of Muncy’s free throws, converting six.

“We talked about wanting to attack the basket, because of how aggressive Mt. Carmel is,” Weaver said. “Jordan Jones took that to heart. She came ready to play.”

Mount Carmel (73)

Jennifer Bolick 2 0-0 4; Brianna Lutz 0 0-0 0; Bridget Dunkel 0 0-0 0; Paige Hornung 2 0-0 6; Jordan Winhofer 0 0-0 0; Alison Varano 6 3-4 15; Christina Perles 6 6-7 18; Darla Hood 0 0-0 0; Marisa Montgomery 0 0-0 0; Marissa Klinger 0 0-0 0; Isabella Stellar 7 1-1 16; Ellese Nestico 0 0-0 0; Ana Raybuck 5 0-0 11; Allison Parker 1 1-2 3. Totals 29 11-14 73.

Muncy (44)

Gina Paisley 0 0-0 0; Crystal Good 1 0-0 2; Allison Edwards 1 0-0 2; Haley Gyurina 0 0-0 0; Brianna McLaughlin 8 0-0 19; Jordan Jones 6 6-7 19; Charity Good 1 0-0 2; Rachel Moore 0 0-0 0; Nikki Scott 0 0-0 0; Autumn Temple 0 0-0 0; Tierney Shiable 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 6-7 44.

Mount Carmel 17 25 22 9-73

Muncy 15 14 5 10-44

3-point goals: Mount Carmel-4 (Hornung 2, Stellar, Raybuck). Muncy 4 (McLaughlin 3, Jones)

Records: Mt. Carmel 21-4. Muncy 17-7.

Next: Mt. Carmel vs. Southern Columbia, TBA.