Ava Renninger propels Central Mountain girls past Penns Valley
Freshman guard Ava Renninger torched Penns Valley’s defense with a game-high 21 points as Central Mountain defeated the Rams, 59-28, in its season-opener.
The Wildcats wasted no time getting to work in Saturday’s matchup, jumping out to a 16-0 lead to begin the game.
Central Mountain coach Scott Baker said he was most impressed with his team’s intensity following the victory.
Baker believes this squad is different and poised to be solid team this season.
“I was really pleased with their intensity level. We feel that we’re different,” Baker said. “We have some experienced girls and now we have Ava Renninger coming in and joining some experience.”
The Wildcats held the Rams to two first quarter points. It was until 0:45 seconds remained in the opening quarter when Penns Valley finally got on the scoreboard.
Renninger, who also tallied five steals in the win, accounted for 12 of Central Mountain’s first 20 points. The Wildcats were able to expand their lead to 25-2 midway through the second period.
The result of patient passing, and fundamentally sound defense helped the Wildcats jump out to such a commanding lead over the Rams.
Outside of Renninger, Central Mountain got a strong performance from Avery Baker. The senior scored 16 and grabbed four rebounds.
Even with a double-digit lead in the second quarter, the intensity displayed by the Wildcats did not change. Central Mountain continued to force turnovers and convert them into points at the other end.
The Wildcats led 28-11 at halftime.
Baker continued to find the bottom of the net, as the guard posted Central Mountain’s first five points to begin the second half.
Even after the halfway point, Penns Valley struggled handling Central Mountain’s press and could not get its offense into rhythm. The Rams turned over the ball 20 times in the loss.
Central Mountain took a 48-18 lead into the final quarter of play.
The Wildcats played a solid fourth quarter in terms of execution to round-out the victory. Role players and starters patiently worked the ball and found open shots.
Most notably, Kiahana Jones put together a solid quarter for the Wildcats. The sophomore finished with six points and six rebounds.
Central Mountain 59, Penns Valley 22
Central Mountain (59)
Ava Renninger 8 2-2 21, Avery Baker 7 0-0 16, Mia Kopysciansky 4 1-1 10, Quinlynn McCann 2 1-2 6, Kiahna Jones 3 0-0 6.
Penns Valley (22)
Ann-Marie McMurtrie 2 0-0 5, Kailen Winkelblech 2 0-0 4, Cate Goodwin 1 1-6 3, Katie Romig 2 0-0 5, Scotty Dinges 0 2-2 2, Rylee Arney 0 2-2 2, Leah Beben 0 1-2 1,
Penns Valley 2 9 7 4 – 22
Central Mountain 16 12 20 11 – 59