Lady Dragons earn key Mountain League win
MARTINSBURG — Central’s Cassie Mock has won the Mountain League championship as a member of the soccer and softball teams, but the basketball title has eluded the senior guard.
After Wednesday night, she’s in position to finish off the trifecta.
The Lady Dragons took sole possession of first place with a 52-38 win over Penns Valley before a capacity crowd at the Central High School gym.
If Central wins its final three games, all conference opponents, the Lady Dragons take the league title.
“Ever since I entered high school, I’ve been waiting for the basketball championship, but we still have three games left,” Mock said.
Maddi Metzler led the Lady Dragons with 18 points, followed by Erin Brumbaugh’s 15. Kylie Metzgar finished just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds, and Mock, the lone senior in the starting lineup, added eight points.
After a close first quarter, Central opened up a double-digit lead by the half with a strong second quarter.
PV’s Bella Culver made a layup in the opening minute to tie the game 11-11, but it was all Lady Dragons after that.
Central turned the Lady Rams over one possession after another and scored the final 12 points of the half for a 23-11 lead at the break.
Brumbaugh’s jump shot broke the tie, and Mock extended the lead to four points with another jump shot after her younger sister, Jenna Mock, made a steal on the defensive end.
Metzler’s layup off an assist from Cassie Mock made it a 17-11 game midway through the second.
After Metzler sank another jump shot and Madison Eicher converted 1-of-2 foul shots, Cassie Mock drained a 3-pointer from the corner with :38 seconds left in the half.
Penns Valley committed seven turnovers in the second quarter and 18 for the game.
“The second quarter killed us. That’s unusual for us. We normally handle the ball well. All year long we’ve averaged less than 10 turnovers a game,” PV coach Karen McCaffrey said. “Central shot the ball well and rebounded really well. They crushed us on the boards.”
Central turned the ball over just eight times the entire game.
“Turnovers have been a big thing for us this year. It’s something we’ve struggled with,” Central coach Rob Mock said.
After Metzger’s three-point play late in the third quarter extended the lead to 16, Metzler sank a jump shot on the ensuing possession to double up the Lady Rams, 36-18.
“Erin and Maddi hit their jump shots, and Metz(ger) was strong inside,” Cassie Mock said. “Jenna deserves a lot of credit, too. Being sisters, we feed off each other and know exactly where the other is going to be.”
Penns Valley pulled to within 12 twice in the fourth quarter but got no closer as Central went to a four-corner offense to run time off the clock.
Central improved to 16-3, 10-1 in the league. PV fell to 12-5, 9-2 in conference play.
The Lady Dragons lost to PV in early January to fall one game back, but Tyrone’s win over the Lady Rams in the middle of the month created a first-place tie.
“The difference down there was we lost the third quarter,” Rob Mock said. “(Wednesday) we started strong and kept the pedal to the metal. We dominated the boards, kept the turnovers to a minimum, and knocked down shots.”
PENNS VALLEY (38): Butler 1 2-2 4, Culver 7 1-4 15, Montminy 2 3-5 8, Homan 0 0-0 0, Andrus 2 3-3 6, Brown 1 0-0 2, Collison 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 9-14 38.
CENTRAL (52): C. Mock 3 1-3 8, Metzger 2 5-9 9, J. Mock 0 1-2 1, Brumbaugh 6 2-3 15, Metzler 6 4-6 18, Eicher 0 1-2 1. Totals — 17 14-25 52.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Penns Valley 9 2 10 17 — 38
Central 11 12 13 16 — 52
3-point goals: Penns Valley 3 (Andrus 2, Montminy); Central 4 (C. Mock, Brumbaugh, Metzler 2).
Records: Penns Valley (12-5, 9-2 ML); Central (16-3, 10-1 ML).
JV: Central, 29-21. High scorers–Collison (CM) 8; Longenecker (C) 10.