Led by Kayla Hoohuliâ€™s 46 points, the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch defeated the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks by a 57-48 score last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Lady Chucks led 26-20 at the half. In the second 16 minutes of play, the Lady Dutch outscored the Lady Chucks by a 37-22 margin to win the game. Hoohuli finished the second half with 28 to go along with the 18 she scored in the first half.
The Lady Dutch had a rough shooting night in the first half, as they only hit on eight field goals. Punxsy led by six at the half.
â€śIf you are going to stand around both offensively and defensively, things like that are going to happen every time,â€ť said St. Marys coach Bob Swanson.
â€śWe played better team basketball in the second half and we had to vary things up defensively in the second half,â€ť Swanson said. â€śMandy Gerarge played probably her best game of the year tonight as she finished with 10 rebounds while battling Punxsyâ€™s big girl. Kayla (Hoohuli) added 10 steals, Kiana Hoohuli four steals and Jenna Anderson three steals.â€ť
The St. Marys offense was led by Kayla Hoohuli with 46 points on 11 twos, four threes and a 12-for-14 night from the foul line. Adair Gennocro and Gerarge each added four points.
For the Lady Chucks, Shawnna Crago had 20 points on nine field goals and a two-for-three night from the foul line. Paris Kernich scored 11 points on one two, two threes and a three-for-four night from the foul line.
Crago gave the Lady Chucks an early 2-0 lead by sinking two foul shots. Two threes by Kernich made the score 8-0. Hoohuli scored at the 5:23 mark. Crago hit a two, Alex Magill a two and Crago added another two as Punxsy led 14-2 with 1:20 left in the first period. Hoohuli sank three foul shots, making the score 14-5 after the first period of play.
Jenna Reitz hit a three for Punxsy to open the second period. Kernich added a foul shot, 18-5. Hoohuli made it 18-7 before Crago scored twice and Taylor Newcome once, 24-7. Gerarge scored a two at the 3:37 mark, then Hoohuli connected on two threes to make the score 24-15. Johnna Depp scored for Punxsy before Hoohuli hit a two and converted a three-point play as the first half ended with the Lady Chucks on top 26-20.
Hoohuli scored a bucket off a steal, then added a three, cutting the Punxsy lead to 26-25. Crago scored for Punxsy before Kiana Hoohuli hit a three for St. Marys to tie the game at 28. Crago made it 30-28. St. Marys went on a 7-0 run as Hoohuli scored five and Gerarge two to give St. Marys the 35-30 lead. Crago scored again for Punxsy before Hoohuli scored on a three and a two, 40-32. Newcome hit a three for the Lady Chucks cutting the St. Marys lead to 40-35 with eight minutes remaining.
Crago scored to open the fourth quarter. Hoohuli converted one of two before Kernich scored for Punxsy, 41-39. Hoohuli added two field goals as the Lady Dutch went up 45-39. Newcome scored for Punxsy, with Hoohuli sinking two foul shots, 47-41, with 5:15 left in the game. Crago and Hoohuli traded buckets. Punxsy scored on four foul shots, making the score 49-47 with four minutes left in the game. Gennocro sank a foul shot, 50-47. With 2:27 left, Hoohuli sank two foul shots, 52-47. A three by Gennocro made it 55-47 with 1:47 left. Hoohuli made the score 57-47 with two foul shots at the 30-second mark. Reitz sank a foul shot, making the score 57-48 in favor of the Lady Dutch.
St. Marys is now 12-1 overall and 4-1 in the District 9 League.
The Lady Dutch return to action Friday when they play host to the Clearfield Lady Bisons. Junior varsity starts at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Friday will be a â€śWhite Outâ€ť night for the Lady Dutch fans.
Jenna Reitz 0-1-3-4-6, Alex Magill 1-0-0-1-2, Paris Kernich 1-2-3-4-11, Taylor Newcome 2-1-0-0-7, Shawnna Crago 9-0-2-3-20, Johnna Depp 1-0-0-0-2. Totals 14-4-8-12-48.
St. Marys 57
Shelby Zomcik 0-0-0-0-0, Kayla Hoohuli 11-4-12-14-46, Jenna Anderson 0-0-0-0-0, Adair Gennocro 0-1-1-2-4, Kiana Hoohuli 0-1-0-0-3, Mandy Gerarge 2-0-0-0-4. Totals 13-6-13-16-57.
Score by quarters
Punxsy 14 12 8 13 48
St. Marys 5 15 20 17 57
The St. Marys junior varsity defeated the Lady Chucks by a 39-33 score.
The Lady Dutch outscored the Lady Chucks 13-8 in the first quarter. Punxsy outscored St. Marys 11-6 in the second quarter to tie the game at 19 at the half.
The Lady Dutch outscored Punxsy 12-6 in the third period. Both teams scored eight fourth-quarter points as St. Marys won 39-33.
St. Marys scoring: Abbey Cribbs 6, DeAnna Yost 16, Sloan Foster 9, Cassie Daniels 2, Becky Krieg 2, Jessie Donachy 4.
Punxsy scoring: Emily Horner 14, Emily Reitz 2, Mary Sloniger 8, Allison Jones 7.