Balanced Lady Highlanders cruise in finals

Three Heights players score at least 15 points in victory

PATTON — Coaching can pose myriad challenges.

Cambria Heights girls’ basketball coach Amber Fees faced a challenge that she did not appear to mind.

Her toughest decision of the Cambria Heights Christmas Girls’ Basketball Tournament was naming two players to the all-tournament team.

Chloe Weakland captured tournament most valuable player honors and her sister, Kirsten, won a spot on the all-tournament team after the Lady Highlanders’ 79-41 victory against Purchase Line in the title game on Saturday night.

“Like I told the girls, I could have given that trophy to quite a few of them tonight,” Fees said.

Each scored 15 points for Cambria Heights. The Lady Highlanders’ Abby Lobick scored a game-high 17 points.

“They’re two good ballplayers,” Purchase Line head coach Rebecca Hudak said of the Weakland sisters.

Fees used steals and assists as the deciding criteria. Chloe Weakland logged eight assists and five steals.

“She did a great job,” Fees said.

The Lady Highlanders scored the game’s first 13 points and ran away to a 29-10 lead after one quarter. Cambria Heights forced 21 turnovers and used its transition game to score plenty of easy baskets.

“They changed up the defenses, and we still weren’t adjusting to what the girls were doing,” Hudak said.

Fees wanted her team to do more than just win the tournament.

“The last two nights were a good way to get back into what we were trying to focus on,” she said. “And that’s playing a selfless basketball game, finding the best shot, getting our offense and defense, running the floor.”

Megan Faught led Purchase Line (2-7) with 12 points. She and Megan Syster made the all-tournament team for the Heritage Conference Red Dragons.

Purchase Line earned a berth in the finals after an emotional and hard-earned win against Johnstown the night before.

“We didn’t have the spark today as we did yesterday,” Hudak said. “They’re a good team (with) a lot of foot speed. We weren’t getting back on their transition.”

Northern Cambria remained winless after a 62-7 loss against Johnstown in the consolation game. Ashlee Parrish and Rubi Salley scored three points apiece for the Lady Colts (0-9). Parrish and Johnstown’s Emeda Loe (21 points) completed the all-tournament team.

CONSOLATION GAME

JOHNSTOWN (62): Chatman 4 6-8 14, Loe 6 4-4 21, G.Veney 3 0-6 6, Fultz 1 0-0 2, Custer 0 0-0 0, Smothers 2 1-2 5, E.Veney 1 0-1 2, Hall 2 0-0 4, McCray 1 0-1 2, Britt 2 0-2 4, Cannonie 1 0-0 2, Totals–23 11-16 62

NORTHERN CAMBRIA (7): Parrish 1 1-2 3, Kudlawiek 0 0-0 0, Kollar 0 0-0 0, Olenchick 0 0-0 0,Philips 0 0-0 0, Strong 0 0-0 0, Salley 1 1-2 3,Janosko 0 0-0 0, Dulansky 0 0-0 0, Offner 0 0-0 0, Totals–2 3-6 7

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Johnstown 13 16 17 16– 62

Northern Cambria 1 3 2 1 — 7

3-point field goals: Johnstown 5 (Loe 5).

Records: Johnstown (1-7), Northern Cambria (0-9).

Officials: Roy Wotkowski, Tracy Cornelius, Dennis Detwiler.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

PURCHASE LINE (41): Faught 4 4-6 12, Fleming 4 1-2 9, Beer 3 1-2 7, Syster 2 0-0 6, Zurenko 1 1-4 2. Ewing 0 0-0 0, Nichol 0 0-0 0, Bloxdorf 0 0-0 0, Leamer 0 0-0 0, Small 1 0-0 3, Totals–15 8-16 41

Cambria Heights (79): Conrad 1 2-4 4, Lobick 8 0-0 17, K.Weakland 7 0-0 15, C.Weakland 5 3-5 15, Henry 2 2-4 6, Jones 2 0-0 6, McCombie 2 0-0 5, M.Lansberry 3 1-2 7, Hoover 0 1-2 1, Thomas 1 1-2 3, Bassett 0 0-0 0, A.Lansberry 0 0-0 0, M.Weakland 0 0-0 0, Bills 0 0-0 0, Totals–31 10-19 79

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Purchase Line 10 12 13 6 –41

Cambria Heights 29 19 15 16–79

3-point goals: Purchase Line 3 (Syster 2, Small), Cambria heights 7 (C.Weakland 2, Jones 2, Lobick, K.Weakland, McCombie).

Teams records: Purchase Line (2-7), Cambria Heights (6-3).

Officials: Jim Klausman, Keith Redfoot, Jim Cushion.

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