Lady Lions lose early momentum

The Altoona girls basketball team led Central Dauphin East, 7-0, in the first quarter when one of the Panthers’ key starters went down with an injury.

However, the Lady Lions were outscored by 20 points for the remainder of the game and eventually fell, 47-34, Saturday afternoon.

“When their best player went down, we thought we would be able to take advantage of that,” Altoona coach Miriam Colledge said. “Unfortunately we just came out flat from that and weren’t able to sustain any momentum at all.”

Justyn Roberts laid on the floor for several minutes before being helped off the court. Central Dauphin East coach Aaron Blanding said that the injury appeared to be a high ankle sprain, but the 6-foot senior would undergo X-rays.

The Panthers settled in after the hiatus and scored the final 11 points of the first quarter.

“I told them that it was a game of runs and that we would get our run back, but unfortunately ours were short lived,” Colledge said.

The Lady Lions shot under 20 percent from the 3-point line. The lack of scoring from the perimeter prevented Altoona from settling into a rhythm.

“It definitely helps when you’re able to knock down a few 3’s because it can open up the inside,” Colledge said. “We couldn’t hit from the outside today and that compounded things.”

After Roberts exited early, eight Central Dauphin players scored to propel the Panthers to victory. Jessica Rawls led the team with 13 points.

“We just had to settle down,” Blanding said. “Once we started running our offense things seem to open up for us.”

Altoona battled a size difference early by playing strong interior defense but struggled to maintain the effort for a full 32 minutes.

“They did a great job defensively,” Blanding said. “Our girls just stayed patient and waited until things opened up.”

While the Panthers eventually broke through offensively, Altoona never got things going.

“It was just one of those days,” Colledge said. “You’re going to have games like this and today was definitely one of those.”

Amber Newberry led the Lady Lions with eight points. Alayna Biesecker finished with seven and both Jessica Stevens and Madison Shetrom tallied six.

Altoona will face a quick turn around at Central Mountain on Monday.

“This is definitely a game to learn from adversity,” Colledge said. “We have to get back out there and see how the kids respond to a tough loss.”

CENTRAL DAUPHIN EAST (47): J. Rawls 6 1-2 13, A. Rawls 2 0-0 4, Peterson 3 1-2 8, Patterson 1 0-0 2, Davis 0 2-4 2, Butts 3 1-2 8, Green 3 1-2 7, Royer 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 0-0 0. Totals – 18 6-12 47.

ALTOONA (34): Stevens 2 2-2 6, Shetrom 2 0-0 6, Newberry 3 1-2 8, Biesecker 2 3-8 7, Whitfield 2 0-0 5, Burke 1 0-0 2, Lear 0 0-0 0, Hudson 0 0-0 0. Totals – 12 6-12 34.


Central Dauphin East    11 5 19 12 – 47

Altoona    7 8 12  7 – 34

3-point goals: Central Dauphin East 2 (Peterson, Butts); Altoona 4 (Shetrom 2, Newberry, Whitfield).

Records: Central Dauphin East (8-3); Altoona (7-4).

JV: Altoona 56-14