Lady Dragons drop game to WPIAL power Canon-McMillan
CALIFORNIA – Warren has faced its fare share of challenges in the early season, and that continued on Thursday at the Cal U. Holiday Classic against Canon-McMillan.
Despite 15 points and four assists from junior guard Margo Loutzenhiser, the Lady Dragons fell to one of the top 6A teams in the WPIAL by a score of 59-37.
Tamara Mathis led three Big Mac (7-1) players in double figures with 13 points.
“I saw a lot of good things,” said Warren coach Lisa LaVan. “I thought we executed better on offense.”
Rebounding was a big key in the game, as Canon-Mac got a number of second chance opportunities, extending a 25-18 halftime lead to 14-point margin after the third quarter.
“The last two games I thought we rebounded really well, but today we didn’t,” LaVan said. “Their point guard (Mathis) is very good and we did a good job on her, but other kids were able to get offensive rebounds.”
Izzy Allen a 5-11 forward, added 12 points and Nayah Williams 11 for Canon-Mac.
Things don’t get any easier for the Lady Dragons (1-6) as they conclude their trip to Cal with a game against defending West Virginia state champion Fairmont today at 6 p.m.
While their record isn’t where they want it to be, the schedule has been undeniably challenging, with the combined record of the teams they have lost to standing at 29-1 going into play on Thursday. They’ve also had to handle a bulk of it without starting point guard Autumn Hultberg, who has been out with an injury.
But it’s also allowed other players like Taylor Childress, Alanna Hultberg, Gracie Wood and Kelsey Stuart, among others, to step into bigger roles against good competition.
“They’re another good team,” LaVan said of Fairmont. “They’re pretty big, but definitely a team we can compete with. It’s just a matter of sticking to our guns.”
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Childress 1-2-4-4, Wood 1-2-2-5, Hultberg 2-0-0-5, Wilson 0-4-6-4, Loutzenhiser 5-5-6-15, Lupole 0-0-0-0, Stuart 2-0-2-4, Citro 0-0-0-0, Paris 0-0-0-0, Neureiter 0-0-0-0, Totals 11-13-20-37
Mathis 6-0-0-13, Williams 5-1-4-11, Daniels 1-2-4-4, Haught 2-5-5-9, Allen 4-4-6-12, Washnock 4-0-0-8, Russell 1-0-0-2, Cramp 0-0-0-0, Totals 23-12-19-59
Warren 11 7 10 9 – 37
Canon-McMillan 15 10 17 17 – 59
Three-point FGs: Canon-McMillan (1) – Mathis; Warren (2) – Wood, Hultberg
KANE 64, EISENHOWER 27
KANE – A slow start hurt Eisenhower in a 64-27 loss to Kane in the consolation game of the Kane Christmas Tournament on Thursday.
A 16-0 start for the Lady Wolves was led by Trinity Clark and Ella Marconi, who scored 21 and 12 points respectively in the game.
“We played very timid at the beginning of the game,” said Eisenhower coach Mike Logue. “We know Kane, we play them in junior high and we scrimmage them every November. We were a little intimated by their posts, Marconi and Clark.”
The Lady Knights regrouped at halftime and played better in the final 16 minutes, per Logue.
“I think we played very well in the second half,” he said. “We got calmed down and played much better and there are a lot of positives to be taken from that.”
Lydia Giannini led the Lady Knights (3-5) with 14 points and five rebounds.
It’s been a tough early-season schedule for Ike, and Logue feels that will better prepare them for the bulk of Region 3 play.
“Going into region play, we’re not where we want to be record wise, per se, but our non-region has toughened us up a little bit,” he said. “Otto-Eldred, Kane and Cranberry are all very good teams that show us what we have to improve upon. We have to match that intensity that those teams played with.”
Leading by seven going into the fourth quarter, the Ike JV team lost a heartbreaker in the championship game to North Clarion. Shelby Kuzminski had nine points to lead the way, and both her and Rachel Frederick were named to the all-tournament team.
Emily Wheeler was named to the varsity all-tournament team.
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Nizzi 1-0-2-2, Wheeler 2-3-6-7, Mineweaser 2-0-0-4, Giannini 6-2-6-14, Frederick 0-0-0-0, Chase 0-0-0-0, Spicer 0-0-0-0, Kuzminski 0-0-0-0, Garris 0-0-0-0, Courtney 0-0-0-0, Totals 11-5-14-27
O’Hara 1-0-0-2, Hillman 1-0-0-2, Buhl 2-0-0-5, Brown 0-2-2-2, Morgan 4-0-0-8, Saf 1-0-0-3, Bucheit 2-1-2-6, E. Marconi 4-4-5-12, A. Marconi 1-1-1-3, Clark 9-1-2-21, Totals 25-9-12-64
Eisenhower 0 8 12 7 – 27
Kane 16 18 17 13 – 64
Three-point FGs: Eisenhower – None; Kane (5) – Clark 2, Buhl, Buchiet, Saf
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JV: North Clarion 27, Eisenhower 20
Eisenhower: Kuminzki 9 points, Courtney 6, Renninger 3, Chase 2
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CLYMER (NY) 48, YOUNGSVILLE 33
CORRY – Things opened up offensively for Youngsville in the second half, but it wasn’t enough in a 48-33 loss to Clymer (NY) in the consolation game of the Corry Holiday Tournament.
Andea Sveda had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Caitlin Craig had 10 points and Emma Marino eight rebounds.
Nashia Duryee had 16 points to lead Clymer.
“Neither team could find any rhythm in the first half,” said Youngsville coach Andy Sveda. “We made a change at halftime and it worked out for the good and we started running things the way we’re supposed to, we just couldn’t catch up.”
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Craig 4-2-4-10, Mineweaser 3-0-0-6, Sveda 5-3-4-13, Marino 1-1-2-3, Weissinger 0-0-0-0, Foley 0-0-0-0, Totals 13-6-10-33
King 2-0-0-4, Honey 3-0-0-7, Brumajin 1-0-0-2, Duryee 7-1-2-16, Heslink 2-0-0-4, Beal 1-1-4-4, Gustafson 4-0-0-9, Ferguson 1-0-0-2, Totals 21-2-6-48
Youngsville 4 4 13 12 – 33
Clymer 6 8 19 15 – 48
Three-point FGs: Youngsville – None; Clymer (4) – Honey, Duryee, Beal, Gustafson