The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball squad rolled to its 16th victory on Saturday night as they defeated the visiting Clearfield Area High Lady Bisons by a 75-34 score in a non-league game played at SMAHS's Dutch Oven.
St. Marys took control of the ball game right away, jumping out to a 20-0 lead and basically putting the game away at that point. From then on, Coach Bob Swanson of the Lady Dutch was able to give his bench people plenty of playing time in the rest of the game.
"This was a good win for us, as it allowed me to give our non-starters plenty of playing time with one or two of the starters throughout the game," said Swanson. "We had an easy time tonight, but next week we have some very tough games coming up as we will be at Punxsy, and at home against Bradford and Elk County Catholic. In these games, we will have to play well, as they are all good ball clubs.
"We played very well tonight, as we passed the ball well, rebounded well and played very good defense, forcing many turnovers, which we turned into points on our side of the scoreboard. We did turn the ball over more than I would like. We also shot the ball pretty well tonight, especially from the three-point line."
Kayla Hoohuli was once again the leading scorer for the Lady Dutch with 32 points on four field goals, eight treys and a one-for-one night at the line. She also had eight rebounds and six assists. She was followed by Mandy Gerarge with nine points and five assists. Adair Gennocro was next with seven points, eight rebounds and six assists. She was followed by Sloan Foster with six points, Abbey Cribbs, DeAnna Yost, Rachel Walker and Becky Krieg with four points each, and Jessie Donachy and Jenna Anderson with two points each.
Leading the Lady Bisons in the scoring department was Breanna Peters with 19 points on eight field goals and a trey. She was followed by Rachel Thompson with five points, Johanna Ryan with three, Brianna Spencer, Kristen Butler, Brittany Renaud and Janelle Mumma with two points each, and Kate Sheeder with one point.
The Lady Dutch opened the game by scoring the first 20 points, 12 by Hoohuli, four by Gerarge and two each by Anderson and Gennocro. The Clearfield girls scored their first point on a field goal by Peters at the 2:25 mark to make it 20-2. St. Marys went on to score the next 10 points, four each by Walker and Hoohuli and two by Gennocro, to take a 30-2 lead. Sheeder was then fouled at the buzzer and made one of her two foul shots to make the score 30-3 at the end of the first half.
Hoohuli opened the second half with a bucket, 32-3, followed by field goals by Renaud and Peters to make it 32-7. Foster scored for the Lady Dutch, then Peters and Mumma scored for the Lady Bisons, 34-11. Cribbs and Butler exchanged buckets as did Donachy and Peters, making it 38-15. Gerarge scored the final bucket of the half to make it 40-15 in favor of the Lady Dutch.
The third quarter opened with Hoohuli and Gerarge both hitting treys, 46-15. Thompson hit a trey and Peters a field goal to cut the lead to 46-20. Hoohuli hit two treys followed by a Peters field goal, 52-22. Hoohuli added two more treys and Gennocro one trey to push the lead to 61-22. Thompson and Yost exchanged fielders as the quarter ended with the Lady Dutch in front 63-24.
The Lady Bisons scored the first five points of the final period, field goal by Peters and a trey by Ryan, to cut the lead to 63-29. Krieg scored the next two field goals for St. Marys, 67-29, then Peters hit a fielder to make it 67-31. Field goals by Cribbs and Yost pushed the lead to 71-31 and put the mercy clock into operation. Foster then scored the next two field goals for the Lady Dutch, 75-31, before Peters hit a trey at the buzzer to make the final score 75-34.
St. Marys turned the ball over 18 times, while the Lady Bisons were guilty of 22 turnovers.
St. Marys is now 16-1 on the season and 6-1 in the District 9 League. The Lady Dutch have three more league games and two non-league games remaining this season.
On Tuesday, the Lady Dutch will travel to Punxsutawney. On Thursday, they will host Bradford and on Saturday they will host Elk County Catholic. These are all District 9 League games. On Feb. 16, the Lady Dutch will host Johnsonburg.
Saturday night was Grade School Appreciation Night for the Lady Dutch, as members of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade Lady Dutch basketball teams were introduced at halftime of the game.
Johanna Ryan 0-1-0-0-3, Brianna Spencer 1-0-0-0-2, Kristen Butler 1-0-0-0-2, Brittany Renaud 1-0-0-0-2, Lisa Ambuski 0-0-0-0-0, Rachel Thompson 1-1-0-0-5, Ciara Marsh 0-0-0-0-0, Janelle Mumma 1-0-0-0-2, Breanna Peters 8-1-0-0-19, Kate Sheeder 0-0-1-2-1, Dakota Farmer 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 12-3-1-2-34.
St. Marys 75
Kayla Hoohuli 4-8-1-1-32, Abbey Cribbs 2-0-0-2-4, Jenna Anderson 1-0-0-0-2, Sloan Foster 3-0-0-0-6, Adair Gennocro 1-1-2-2-7, DeAnna Yost 2-0-0-0-4, Rachel Walker 2-0-0-0-4, Kiana Hoohuli 0-0-0-0-0, Becky Krieg 2-0-0-2-4, Mandy Gerarge 3-1-0-0-9, Jessie Donachy 1-0-0-0-2, Mia Keener 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 21-10-3-7-75.
Score by quarters
Clfd. 3 21 9 10 34
SMA 30 10 23 12 75