CM girls basketball falls in nailbiter, 49-48

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Central Mountain girls basketball team narrowly lost a heartbreaker to Selinsgrove at home, 49-48. The game was Central Mountain’s most competitive outing of the season.

“We played very, very hard tonight,” Central Mountain coach Scott Baker said. “We rebounded better, we took better care of the basketball and we just played really, really hard. The game was a really positive step in the right direction.”

The night was back-and-forth action during all four quarters. Central Mountain controlled a 22-21 lead entering halftime. Selinsgrove responded to out-score CM, 16-14, in the third to regain the lead 37-36 entering the fourth.

Both teams added a dozen points in the final period before Selinsgrove escaped the night with a 49-48 win.

Avery Baker led CM with a team-high 14 points and three 3-pointers. Mia Kopysciansky added another 13 points and three 3-pointers. Quinlynn McCann added 11 points and another triple.

CM totaled nine 3-pointers in the game, which was perhaps its best shooting performance of the season.

“Not only did we hit nine 3-pointers, but we also shot a very high percentage,” Baker said. “We were well above 50 percent from three-point land so that was very, very good.

“Overall, we just played really, really hard tonight. When you’re 0-17 it’s very easy to just pack it in. But tonight was an example of how they’re really buying in into what we’re asking them to do.”

Central Mountain returns Feb. 5 in a home contest versus Jersey Shore.

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