Juniata Valley picks up 10th win

WILLIAMSBURG – Ten was the magic number for the Juniata Valley girls basketball team Thursday night.

The Lady Hornets picked up their 10th victory of the season with a 46-38 win over Williamsburg.

Juniata Valley also pulled down 10 offensive rebounds and kept the turnovers under 10, two goals the team has been working towards.

“That’s been a point of emphasis for us,” JV coach Rachelle Hopsicker said. “Every possession counts. Every offensive rebound is a possession gained. Every turnover is a possession lost.”

With the win, Juniata Valley improves to 10-3, 5-2 in the Inter-County Conference North Division. Williamsburg falls back to .500 at 7-7, 2-5 in ICC North play.

Haley Myers and Abbie Zinobile led Valley with 14 points apiece and Kerigan Ammerman scored in double digits with 10 points.

Zinobile and Myers also led the team in rebounding with eight and six, respectively, but Hopsicker gave a lot of the credit to the girls coming off the bench.

“The kids off the bench really helped us keep solid pressure on Williamsburg,” she said. “A deep bench keeps everybody fresh and lets us play aggressive defense throughout the game.”

The pressure defense was particularly effective against Williamsburg, which has struggled against that style of play throughout the season, coach Don Appleman said.

“They played an extended 1-3-1 zone and put a lot of pressure on us,” Appleman said. “We just aren’t making good decisions with the ball. We’ve been working on it and will continue to work on it.”

Madison Detwiler led the Lady Pirates with a double-double. The sophomore center scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“That was her best game of the year. She’s really coming of age,” Appleman said. “She’s played good defense all year. Now she’s starting to score some points as well.”

Leading 20-15 at halftime, the Lady Hornets outscored Williamsburg 13-7 in the third quarter to open up a double digit lead. A 7-0 run late in the period put Valley up 33-20.

Myers scored five straight points during the spurt. The junior guard sank a runner off the backboard then followed that up with a defensive rebound, which she took coast-to-coast for a 3-point play.

Williamsburg made a run in the fourth quarter, whittling the Valley lead to four points on Cassondra Kensinger’s 3-point play with 1:35 remaining, but Juniata answered with four straight points to seal the win.

Zinobile converted a pair of free throws, and Ammerman scored on a driving layup to put the Lady Hornets up 44-36.

“Team’s are going to make runs. It’s inevitable. We’re getting better at stopping them quicker,” Hopsicker said.

JUNIATA VALLEY (46): LeCrone 3 0-0 6, Zinobile 5 4-8 14, Varner 0 0-0 0, Ammerman 5 0-2 10, Myers 3 8-9 14, Young 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Keller 0 0-0 0, Leri 1 0-0 2, Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals – 17 12-19 46.

WILLIAMSBURG (38): Crouch 1 0-0 2, Kensinger 3 1-3 8, McCall 2 0-0 1 5, Repine 1 2-2 5, Stayduhar 2 0-0 5, Rhule 0 1-2 1, M. Detwiler 6 0-0 12, A. Detwiler 0 0-0 0, Peck 0 0-0 0, Shaw 0 0-0 0. Totals – 15 4-8 38.


Juniata Valley10 10 13 13 – 46

Williamsburg8 7 7 16 – 36

3-point goals: Williamsburg 4 (Kensinger, McCall, Repine, Stayduhar).

Records: Juniata Valley (5-2 ICC North, 10-3 overall); Williamsburg (2-5 ICC North, 7-7 overall).