Wildcats get dropped by Jersey Shore Bulldogs, 61-38

Olivia Edler (10) of Jersey Shore tries to stop a play between Central Mountain’s Alexis Anastos (20) and Averie Pringle (22). (FOR THE EXPRESS/PHIL MAPSTONE)

JERSEY SHORE- Led by Hannah Kauffman’s 23 points, the Jersey Shore Bulldogs defeated cross-town rival Central Mountain 61-38.

Jersey Shore (3-0) returns to the court on Dec 17. to face the Shikellamy Braves.

The Bulldogs jumped on the Wildcats from the opening tip-off and quickly generated an 11-0 rally. The Bulldogs’ smothering defense held the Wildcats scoreless for the first 8-minutes of the game, and Jersey Shore head coach Darrin Bischof believes his team’s aggressive defense was the Bulldogs’ key to victory.

“Defensively we’re just doing a really god job,” Bischof said.  “We just know how to move and we’re really fast. We’re also rebounding the ball really well and that’s causing transition. When we have that we’re pretty good.”

“Our forced turnovers is what really won us the game,” Bischof added. “I thought there was a stretch there in the second quarter where with the turnovers, steals and our fast-break we really took control of of the game.”

Averie Hess recorded 12 points, and teammate Olivia Edler posted 10 points. After the game Bischof complimented Hess’ night–but was quick to note that Jersey Shore’s victory was a product of a top-notch total-team performance.

“I thought Averie Hess did a great job tonight,” Bischof said.  “In the first half she had some great drives, as well as the second half. But it’s not about any one person. It’s about the team and I think that’s what makes them so special.”

Jersey Shore handed Central Mountain its third consecutive loss to the begin the season, and while Wildcats head coach  Terrance Green believes his squad is in a rebuilding year, he was still optimistic after the loss due to his team’s intensity throughout the entirety of the game.

“Collectively we hung in there and battled until the end,” Green said. “We’re trying to change our culture here with our program and I think we’re in the right steps of doing that.”

Morgan Wetzel led the Wildcats with a team-high 10 points. Sadie McCaleb–who Green described as a leader on the Wildcats roster, added another eight points.

“Sadie did outstanding,” Green said.  “She did a great job of keeping us in the game and controlling the offense.”

One negative Green took away from the loss was his team’s ball-security issues. Due to the Bulldogs implementing double teams and full-court traps, the Wildcats occasionally coughed up the ball and allowed the Bulldogs to score off of turnovers.

“They’re great defensively,” Green said about Jersey Shore.  “Darrin does a great job with his kids. They have quick guards with active hands.We just have to do a better job throughout the season protecting the ball, making better passes and using ball fakes.”

Central Mountain (0-3) begins a two-week layoff before returning on Dec. 28 to face Mifflin County.


CM 5 9 12 12- 38

JS   13 19 10 19- 61

Scoring- Central Mountain:Morgan Wetzel- 10 points, Sadie McCaleb- 8 points, Averie Pringle- 6 points, Marissa Moyer- 5 points, Autumn Young- 4 points, Taylor Fletcher- 3 points, Avery Eckley- 2 points. Jersey Shore: Hannah Kauffman- 23 points,  Averie Hess- 12 points, Olivia Edler, 10 points, Liz Severino-5 points, Harley Lorson- 3 points, Sidney Trunzo- 3 points, Janel Eck- 2 points, Reba Lorson- 1 point.