Central Mountain Lady Wildcats fall at home to Shamokin High, 50-25

Elaina Eckley (24) of Central Mountain High School speeds around the defense of Shamokin to put two points on the board for the Wildcats. (For The Express/Shareik Flowers)

MILL HALL- Central Mountain was unable to keep pace with  playoff-bound Shamokin as they fell to the Indians , 50-25.

After the loss Central Mountain’s record sinks to 1-19.

“We didn’t do things as well as we did last friday and it just wasn’t a good game all-around,” said Central Mountain head coach Terrance Green. “We didn’t box-out tonight and that’s what really hurt us.”

“I give credit to [Shamokin] coach Rickert,” Green added. “She has a great group of girls and they’re a playoff team.  They know how to win and they showed it tonight.”

Central Mountain kept pace with Shamokin in the opening period, trailing to the Indians just 10-6, but were out-scored 16-7 in the second period as they headed into halftime down 26-13. Shamokin began to break away once they began implementing traps and double teams on Central Mountain’s in-bounds pass,  causing Central Mountain to turn the ball over frequently. After the game, Green spoke on the Wildcats’ issues with the traps, and how Shamokin was able to succeed at it.

“Shamokin extended up their front two girls a little bit higher, and  we just had trouble recognizing not to go to the corners and sidelines like we’ve  been doing and go to the middle,” Green said.

“In the second half we adjusted to it and broke it every time they threw it at us in the second half ,” Green added. “We just had trouble that second quarter recognizing it.”

Averie Pringle finished the game with a team-high seven points. Sadie McCaleb scored five points- and Hayley Bauer  added four points.

Shamokin’s Kamilyah Nazih was a force all night as she finished to contest with a game-high 11 points.  Eight players record figures for Shamokin-a figure that discourages Green who believes his team must improve if they want to close the season with a second win.

“We just have to do better all the way around, especially defensively,” Green Said.  “We had way too many fouls today and that kept us out of the game there from the beginning.”

Despite the loss, he believes the  Wildcats can close the season with another victory and end the year on  a high note.

“I’ve got a very big team and fast team, we just have to do better  at getting in there and crashing boards,” he said.

Central Mountain’s next game is Feb. 10 when they host Williamsport in the Coaches vs Cancer game.

S 10 16 11 13- 50

CM 6 7 10 2- 25

Player Scoring

Central Mountain: Averie Pringle- 7 points, Sadie McCaleb- 5 points, Hayley Bauer- 4 points, Taylor Fletcher- 3 points, Bethany Dolan- 2 points, Elaina Eckley- 2 points, Morgan Wetzel- 2 points. Shamokin: Kamilyah Nazih- 11 points,  Abigail Aurand- 11 points, Kaia Bonshock- 7 points, Maryssa Erdman- 6 points, Lydia Deptula- 6 points, Kaitlyn Dunn- 4 points,  Keyona Shoff- 3 points,  Sophie Rossnock- 2 points,