Spartans’defense stifles CMVT in girls basketball

HUGHESVILLE — CMVT scored six second-quarter points against Hughesville Monday night. Considering how miserable Hughesville made its offense all game, that second-quarter production felt like an explosion.

Hughesville defended the CMVT basket like a hungry lion guarding a fresh steak. The Spartans flustered, stifled and squeezed the life from CMVT’s offense while putting on a defensive clinic and winning, 46-10. Hughesville (11-10) clinched a District 4 Class AAA berth, surrendered two or fewer points in three quarters and did not allow a third-quarter point while showing again why it has become one of the district’s premier defensive programs.

“We work incredibly hard and we work as a team,” point guard Cierra Getz said after making three steals and grabbing a game-high eight rebounds. “We support each other and that’s how we have an awesome defense.”

That defense certainly has looked awesome the last few weeks. Hughesville is allowing just 32.8 points per game and held a fourth straight opponent to fewer than 30 points last night. The Spartans broke things open early, leading 21-2 after the first quarter. The way Hughesville defended all night, that 19-point lead might as well have been 1,900. It allowed just four field goals, forced 24 turnovers and harassed CMVT into a 13 percent shooting performance.

By the time Hughesville led 9-0 midway through the first quarter, CMVT had attempted just three shots and lost seven turnovers. And things went from bad to worse in the second half. CMVT went scoreless for the half’s first 12 minutes, 22 seconds and by the time it scored again, Hughesville led 43-10. The Spartans turned defense into offense, owned the boards, outrebounding CMVT, 39-17, and defended its possession like the season depended on it.

That is exactly why Hughesville is playoff-bound again. The Spartans lost four starters from last year’s district finalist but have grown up fast despite having no seniors. The offense is a work in progress, but the defense playing so well gives Hughesville a chance every time it plays.

“I can’t say enough about the way the girls are playing defense,” Hughesville coach Craig Weaver Sr. said. “Every team I’ve coached has stressed defense and they really get after it. We have the looks on offense, the shots just aren’t going down. When the shots start to fall it could be a really good thing for us.”

“We’ve earned everything we’ve achieved,” Getz said. “We put our minds to it. We’re working hard to make it happen. We hit the floor running and we haven’t stopped.”

Getz seemingly never stops. The sophomore point guard ignites Hughesville’s swarming defense and is an effective weapon against the opponent’s point guard. She was outstanding against explosive Lewisburg guard Grace Kelleher Saturday and constantly disrupted CMVT’s offense last night. Getz made three steals, but forced many more turnovers that personal stats do not measure. She made a steal and layup midway through the third quarter, then found Alex Snyder (10 points, 5 rebounds) for a layup as Hughesville went up 33-8.

By the end of the quarter, Hughesville led 36-8 and its reserves played almost the entire fourth quarter with Hailee King grabbing five rebounds.

“I like to create havoc and get in there and work hard,” Getz said. “Our team feeds off everybody else’s energy. That’s why we have a strong defense.”

“Cierra Getz draws the toughest assignment from the other team and it helps us when that is the other team’s point guard,” Weaver said. “She plays there a lot just because she has the quickness and the speed to disrupt things. That’s what is nice about Cierra. She never gets tired.”

CMVT grew tired of chasing Hughesville in the first quarter as the Spartans played their best offensive quarter in weeks. Jade Cordrey scored nine of her game-high 14 points and Snyder added six more as Hughesville scored 21 points over the final six minutes. They also kept possessions alive with hustle as Cordrey, Getz, Snyder and Olivia Strothers all grabbed at least five rebounds. Lauren Henry added three assists and three steals.

Hughesville 46, CMVT 10

CMVT (10)

Kodie Bloom 2 0-2 5, Kira Young 0 0-2 0, Grace Six 0 1-4 1, Olivia Comstock 2 0-1 4, Amani Mundrick 0 0-0 0, Rachel Maurer 0 0-0 0. Totals 4 1-9 10.

HUGHESVILLE (46)

Jade Cordrey 5 9-10 14, Alex Snyder 5 0-4 10, Olivia Strothers 1 1-2 3, Sarah Pysher 1 0-0 2, Lauren Henry 0 0-0 0, Cierra Getz 2 2-2 6, Sydney Millheim 2 2-2 6, Hailee King 0 0-0 0, Maria Duff 1 0-0 2, Kayleigh Rooker 1 0-0 3. Totals 15 14-20 46.

CMVT 2 6 0 2–10

Hughesville 21 6 9 10–46

3-point goals: CMVT 1 (Bloom 1), Hughesville 2 (Cordrey 1, Rooker 1).

Records: Hughesville (11-10).

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