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Central Mountain girls fall at home to Shamokin

MILL HALL – Central Mountain had it within seven points in the final three minutes of action but simply could not piece together enough productive offensive possession in order to down Shamokin on Friday night at home, 32-21.

“Ultimately you have to have someone who can put the ball in the basketball consistently or can get you a basket when you need a basket and it’s tough. We just don’t have that right now. It’s tough to make a run when you cannot score,” Wildcats coach Scott Baker said following his team’s loss.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by senior Mia Kopyscianski’s 10 points in the loss. Outside of Kopsycianski, Kiahna Jones contributed with five and Keely Rohrbach scored three as Central Mountain fell. Shamokin’s Desiree Michaels dropped a game-high 13 in the win as the Indians recorded their third straight victory and completed the season-sweep of the Wildcats.

Right from the beginning things were looking challenging for the Wildcats. Shamokin entered the bonus in terms of free throws with a minute left in the first quarter. After a slow start for both offenses, the Indians attempted nine free throws to Central Mountain’s zero in the opening quarter. According to Baker, the discrepancy in fouls wasn’t his team’s biggest worry Friday.

“I didn’t think that was so much the deal,” Baker said in regard to his team being in foul trouble early. “I thought overall defensively we were playing pretty well. We were committing stupid fouls, but our defense overall was good. We were committing too many stupid fouls away from the basket. Certainly, we didn’t want to be committing those because we were putting them on the line, but it didn’t hurt us that bad.”

Despite committing five more fouls than Shamokin after one quarter of play, CM found itself tied, 6-6. A major step from the two team’s first meeting as Shamokin led 11-0 on Dec. 18.

The Indians began to create a little separation near the middle of the second thanks to their advantage at the free throw line, but CM within reach. Kopyscianski drilled a 3-pointer for the Wildcats first points of the quarter to tie the game at nine. Highlighted by Carly Nye’s four points, Shamokin ended the quarter on a, 6-2, run and took a 15-11 lead into the half.

At the break, Shamokin owned a 14-0 advantage in terms of free throws attempted. It was a half dominated by the Indians in terms of foul shot chances and rebounding opportunities. The latter is what impressed Shamokin Chris Venna following his team’s win.

“We were undersized, and I think we held our own on the boards. I thought we did a pretty good job. Also, it was a close game, we just came off a two-game losing streak and I was proud that when the game was close, we didn’t give up. The fact we responded coming off of two losses and pulled away in the third quarter,” Venna said.

After trailing by just four and compiling 11 points throughout the first half, the Wildcats’ offensive struggles came alive as Shamokin began to find its rhythm. CM managed to score just three points in the third quarter as it was outscored by eight in the frame. Shamokin took a 12-point lead into the fourth after it ended the quarter on an 8-0 run.

Kopyscianski and the Wildcats battled but were unable to crawl back into it. Shamokin’s once 14-point lead was trimmed to seven with 3:20 to play but CM couldn’t convert when it mattered most.

“Prior to the five day break we had we were starting to do some things great offensively. Then we took that break, we have been clueless on offense. We’re just really struggling offensively overall,” Baker said.

SHAMOKIN (32)

Carly Nye 3 0-0 6; Desiree Michaels 5 2-4 13; Madison Lippay 1 3-7 5; Anastasia Wetzel 1 2-4 4; Allyson Waugh 0 1-3 1; Delilah Nazih 1 1-5 3. Totals 11 9-23 32.

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN (211)

Mia Kopyscianski 2 2-4 10; Tara Mader 0 1-2 1; Taylor Doyle 1 0-1 2; Kiahna Jones 2 1-2 5; Reese Doyle 1 0-0 2; Keely Rohrbach 1 1-2 3. Totals 8 5-11 21

Shamokin 6 9 11 6–32

Central Mountain 6 5 3 7–21

3-point field goals: Shamokin 1 (Michaels), CM 2 (Kopyscianski 2)

Records: Shamokin (9-2), CM (5-8)

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