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Carroll, Heights dominant in semifinals

December 29, 2012
By Rick Weaver (sports@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

PATTON - Suspense was sorely lacking in the first-round girls' games of the Cambria Heights Holiday Tournament on Friday.

The host Highlanders scored the game's first 18 points and breezed to a 51-15 victory over Northern Cambria. Cambria Heights will meet Bishop Carroll, a 58-12 victor over Harmony, in the championship game tonight at approximately 7:45. Northern Cambria and Harmony will collide in a battle of winless teams at 6.

Tonight will mark the second time in as many years the county rivals have met in the Cambria Heights holiday tournament tournament in as many years. Highlanders coach Tracy Neff knows that is where the similarities end.

"We have only two seniors, three lettermen, coming back. We have young guards," Neff said. "We just hope they can handle the pressure from Carroll [tonight]."

Cambria Heights (2-4) wasted little time seizing control.

"We wanted to get the ball inside more because of our size," Neff said. "It didn't quite go that way, but it worked out."

The Colts (0-4) dented the scoreboard when Gabby Pizur drove the baseline for a hoop with 2 minutes left in the first period. Pizur and Katie Baum shared team-high scoring honors, such that they were, with four points apiece. Paige Benton led Northern Cambria with 11 rebounds.

Colts coach Tony Delfonso said his team did not come out ready to play.

"You could seen in their eyes they weren't ready to play, on the offensive end or the defensive end," he said. "We didn't do anything to take them out of the game. When we did get good looks, we didn't make the shots."

Delfonso admitted the young team is trying his patience.

"We knew what we were getting into. We've really been pounding the fundamentals. That's something we simply need to start seeing," he said. "Until we start doing the simple things it's hard to get to the next level.

"We have talent. We just need to start showing it. [But] we come out with the deer in the headlights look and you can't play ball like that. Right now we're not a very good team. We're just hoping by the end of the season we look like something."

Lea Sammarco and Ellie Yahner scored eight points apiece to lead Bishop Carroll (4-2) in the opening game of the girls' tournament. Devyn Bex led the Huskies with six rebounds in a game during which first-year coach Crystal Horton substituted frequently. Haley Krug led the winners with four assists.

"I just wanted our girls to work on what they needed to work on, and that's exactly what they did," Horton said. "We played hard, we ran our plays, we played defense, and the score reflected that."

"Carroll's aggressive. They'll attack us. So, hopefully, we're ready to attack right back," Neff said.

BISHOP CARROLL 58, HARMONY 12

BISHOP CARROLL (58): Chumrik 1 0-0 2, Bex 3 0-0 6, Lallemand 0 0-0 0, Farabaugh 2 1-1 5, Krug 2 0-0 4, Mento 3 0-0 6, Geuguen 1 0-0 2, Link 2 0-0 4, Sammarco 2 0-0 4, Shaffer 3 0-0 6, D'Andrea 2 0-0 4, Novak 1 1-2 3, Yahner 4 0-0 8. Totals: 28 2-3 58

HARMONY (12): Welteroth 3 0-0 7, Brink 0 0-0 0, Woodley 0 0-0 0, Stiver 0 0-0 0, Dyda 0 0-0 0, Maseto 1 3-5 5, Wprtman 0 0-2 0. Totals: 4 3-7 12.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

Bishop Carroll.........................16 21 11 10 - 58

Harmony....................................2 0 5 5 - 12

3-point field goal: Harmony 1 (Welteroth).

Records: Bishop Carroll (3-2), Harmony (0-6)

Officials: Tom Cunningham, George Malanosky, Leslie Whalen.

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS 51, NO. CAMBRIA 15

NORTHERN CAMBRIA (15): Bracken 0 0-0 , Pizur 2 0-0 4, Lecorchick 1 0-0 3, Lowmaster 0 0-0 0, Bentom 0 2-2 2, Baum 1 2-2 4, DUmm 0 0-2 0, CarnevaLLI 1 0-0 2, Totals: 5 4-6 15.

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS (51): Crowell 0 1-2 0, K.Cordell 3 0-0 6, Wendekier 0 0-0 0, Snedden 9 0-0 18, Kosicki 6 0-0 14, Forsythe 0 1-2 1, Gray 1 0-0 2, E.Cordell 3 2-4 8. Totals: 22 4-8 51.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Northern Cambria...........................5 2 4 4 - 15

Cambria Heights20 11 11 9- 51

3-point field goals: Northern Cambria 1 (Lecorchick), Cambria Heights 3 (Kosicki 2, E.Cordell ).

Records: Northern Cambria (0-4), Northern Cambria (2-4)

Officials: Dirk Link, Bridget Borelli, Todd Blake.

 
 

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