Cambridge too much for Youngsville

Youngsville’s Brady Kesterholt passes between a pair of Cambridge Springs defenders – Carter Babb and Noah Reisenauer during Friday’s game at Youngsville High School. Kesterholt scored seven points for the Eagles.

Cambridge Springs made it three for three against Warren County schools on Friday.

Turner Kurt scored 15 points and Jordan Leandro added 14 as the Blue Devils bested Youngsville 54-26 in the Eagles’ home opener on Friday.

It was the third win against a Warren County foe this season for the Blue Devils, who also knocked off Warren and Eisenhower.

“That was as undisciplined as we’ve played all year,” said Youngsville coach Jim Kesterholt. “They’re big, long and athletic and I thought they wore us down a little bit.”

Kurt goes 6-8, while Leandro is 6-4, with Cambridge also boasting 6-8 junior Reese Eakin, who scored eight points off the bench.

Youngsville’s Levi Hendrickson drives to the basket during Friday’s game against Cambridge Springs.

That size and length created problems for the Eagles (1-3 overall, 1-1 Region 3), as the Blue Devils used their press to great efficiency, forcing 16 first-half turnovers.

In fact, their first 14 points came off of Youngsville miscues.

Wyatt Rugar scored on Youngsville’s opening possession of the game on a drive to the basket, but that was all the Eagles got until a layup by Gage Hendrickson at the 6:50 mark of the second quarter. By that point Cambridge had built a double-digit advantage.

The Eagles trailed by just 10 after back-to-back buckets from Rugar and Brady Kesterholt, but the Blue Devils (5-2, 2-0) scored the final 13 points of the half to take a commanding 23-point lead.

“I thought we had a couple of spurts where we played well on offense for about two or three minutes, but just too much undisciplined basketball,” noted coach Kesterholt.

Cambridge wasn’t done, scoring the first nine points of the second half, a 22-0 run all tolled.

Youngsville rattled off the next seven points on a 3-pointer by Rugar and a pair of buckets by Kesterholt and Levi Hendrickson, but the damage had been done.

“They’re very good,” coach Kesterholt said.

“They’re one of the best teams we’ll see all year.”

The Eagles return to action Tuesday at the Sheffield Christmas Tournament.

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CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS (54)

Hohn 2-0-0-4, Babb 2-2-3-6, Reisenhauer 0-0-0-0, Kurt 6-1-1-15, Leandro 5-4-6-14, Detelich 1-0-0-2, Eakin 4-0-0-8, Taylor 0-0-0-0, Henderson 0-3-4-3, Ferris 0-2-5-2, Kingsley 0-0-0-0, Totals 20-12-19-54

YOUNGSVILLE (26)

Kesterholt 3-0-0-7, Myers 0-0-0-0, Ecelberger 0-0-0-0, L. Hendrickson 3-0-0-6, Rugar 5-0-0-11, G. Hendrickson 1-0-0-2, Procter 0-0-0-0, Totals 12-0-0-26

By Quarters

Cambridge Springs      12   14   14    9 – 54

Youngsville                  2     6      7    11 – 26

Three-point FGs: Cambridge Springs (2) – Kurt 2

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JV: Cambridge Springs 35, Youngsville 25; Youngsville scoring – McAffose 8, Murray 6, Frazier 5, Wilson 2, Procter 2, Mercado 2

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