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Lady Knights ride huge first quarter to win over TCCS

Eisenhower’s Emiley Wheeler (4) goes up for a shot over a crowd of Tidioute defenders during the first quarter of their game at Eisenhower High School, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Wheeler finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Knights to a 62-25 win over the Bulldogs.

A huge first quarter gave Eisenhower all the momentum it would need as the Lady Knights put away visiting Tidioute, 62-25, Monday.

The Lady Knights raced out to a 26-2 first-quarter lead thanks to a combined 18 points from Emiley Wheeler and Delaney Chase. The duo put in 13 of Eisenhower’s 19 second-quarter points as well to make it 45-12 at the half.

“We were hot from the beginning,” Eisenhower coach Mike Logue said.

The Lady Knights (4-11 overall, 3-8 Region 2) simply couldn’t miss to start the game. Wheeler hit on eight of her first 10 shots, Chase nine of her first 10 and Bella Marino four of her first eight.

“When you start hot like that, you’re going to take a lot of teams out of it,” Logue said.

Eisenhower’s Emiley Wheeler (4) goes up for a shot over a crowd of Tidioute defenders during the first quarter of their game at Eisenhower High School, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Wheeler finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Knights to a 62-25 win over the Bulldogs.

While Eisenhower was lighting up the scoreboard, Tidioute (2-11, 0-10) seemingly couldn’t buy a bucket. The shots the Bulldogs were able to get off wouldn’t fall, and the Knights controlled the boards and created turnovers to build their lead.

“We’ve been emphasizing our team defense, getting better help-side defense,” Logue said. “We’ve also been working on rebounding. We were boxing out and rebounding very hard tonight.”

The Bulldogs were able to get into double figures in the second quarter, but the Knights outscored them 10-3 in the third.

“Credit to them, they played very well tonight,” Tidoute coach Christy Valentine said.

Kelsey Nuttall had seven points and seven rebounds for Tidioute, while Nakiesha Krouse also had seven points.

Chase had a career-high 22 points for Eisenhower.

“(Chase) had a good night,” Valentine said. “That’s the best I’ve ever seen her play.”

Wheeler finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Marino had eight points, seven assists and five steals.

Eisenhower is back in action today with a Region 2 road contest at Cambridge Springs.

Tidioute travels to Austin Thursday.

The Knights won the junior varsity contest, 35-25.

Angelina Sabella had 10 points for the Bulldogs.

Lydia Renninger led the way for Eisenhower with 17 points.

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TIDIOUTE (25)

Nuttall 2-3-4-7, Barnes 0-1-2-1, Proctor 2-0-0-4, Krouse 3-0-0-7, Sabella 3-0-0-6, Curtin 0-0-0-0, Drukenbrod 0-0-0-0, Pizer 0-0-0-0, Scaife 0-0-0-0, Total 10-4-6-25

EISENHOWER (62)

Marino 4-0-0-8, Wheeler 9-3-8-21, Li. Renninger 3-1-1-7, Chase 10-1-2-22, Ly. Renninger 1-0-0-2, Smith 1-0-2-2, Strausser 0-0-0-0, Jareno 0-0-0-0, Smyth 0-0-0-0, Sleeman 0-0-0-0, Dunn 0-0-0-0, Courtney 0-0-0-0, Total 28-5-13-62

By Quarters

Tidioute 2 10 3 10 – 25

Eisenhower 26 19 10 7 – 62

3-point FGs: Tidioute (1)-Krouse. Eisenhower (1)-Chase.

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MAPLEWOOD 66, YOUNGSVILLE 34

GUYS MILLS, Pa. –Maplewood connected on eight first-half 3-pointers and rolled to a 66-34 Region 2 win over visiting Youngsville Monday.

The Tigers hit on five more deep shots in the second for 13 total threes in the game. Jordan Roser led the way with six buckets from behind the arch and Isabella Eimer added four more.

“They were making (3-pointers) from the volleyball 10-foot line,” Youngsville coach Vicky Montecalvo said. “I don’t know how you defend that.”

Eimer got things started for the Tigers (15-2 overall, 11-0 Region 2) as she scored 12 of her 15 points in the first quarter to give Maplewood a 17-7 lead. Roser hit three of her six 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Tigers outscored the Eagles (7-8, 5-6) 18-4 in the frame to take a 35-11 lead into the locker room.

“We played well defensively,” Montecalvo said. “We struggled offensively and had no real direction.”

Youngsville was able to put in 23 second-half points, but Maplewood kept hitting the long ball and put the game away.

The Eagles will have some time to regroup as their next game is at Cochranton Jan. 27.

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YOUNGSVILLE (34)

Hoffman 4-4-6-13, Sherrard 3-0-0-6, Weissinger 2-1-2-5, Olewine 4-0-0-8, Darling 1-0-0-2, Senz 0-0-0-0, Stevenson 0-0-0-0, Carrington 0-0-0-0, Total 14-5-8-34

MAPLEWOOD (66)

Roser 6-0-0-18, Thomas 3-0-2-7, Eimer 6-1-2-15, M. Mangus 0-2-4-2, Moorhead 2-1-2-5, C. Mangus 0-0-2-0, Atkins 3-2-2-10, Doolittle 3-1-2-7, Varndell 0-0-0-0, Beuchat 0-0-0-0, Blake 0-0-0-0, Slagle 0-0-0-0, Kurt 0-0-0-0, Total 23-7-16-66

By Quarters

Youngsville 7 4 12 11 – 34

Maplewood 17 18 18 13 – 66

3-point FGs: Youngsville (1)-Hoffman. Maplewood (13)-Roser 6, Eimer 4, Atkins 2, Thomas.

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