Jersey Shore’s district bid cut short with 48-36 loss to Danville

(TIM WEIGHT/FOR THE EXPRESS) Jersey Shore’s Hannah Kauffman drives toward the basket in Wednesday’s playoff matchup versus Danville. Kauffman scored a team-high 16 points but the Bulldogs fell to the Ironmen, 48-36.

By JON GERARDI

For The Express

SUNBURY – Having played Danville twice in the regular season, everyone on Jersey Shore’s team knew they had to attempt to try to take away forward Corinna Petrus and limit guard Clara Coombe. It was no secret at all how talented of a duo those two are for Danville.

In the second half, Jersey Shore did well defending and limiting both Petrus and Coombe, but the two had already done damage in the first half against the Bulldogs.

Petrus ended with a team-high 20 points and Coombe chipped in another 10 points – majority of that coming in the first 16 minutes – as the Ironmen defeated Jersey Shore, 48-36, in the District 4 Class AAAA semifinals at Phil Lockcuff Gymnasium at Shikellamy on Wednesday night.

With the win, Danville (22-3) advances to the district final at a time and place to be determined and the Bulldogs (12-12) will play in the consolation game with a state tournament berth on the line.

“We wanted to make sure we doubled down on Petrus and take her away, but she’s so hard to do that to because she’s so physical and we just don’t have that size,” Jersey Shore coach Darrin Bischof said. “I thought we did a great job of limiting Coombe a little bit better in the second half and like I said, we can rebound and not give them two or three looks,we would have been right there. She made too many standing straight up.”

Jersey Shore held Coombe to just two points in the second half and limited Petrus to seven second-half points. The duo also combined for 13 rebounds as Petrus pulled down a team-high seven.

“They’re an all-around team. If you guard inside, they’re going to hit outside shots,” Jersey Shore’s Hannah Kauffman said. “Another thing with them, they’ll be physical and they’ll get a body on you and it’s something our girls haven’t seen that much and we have to learn from it.”

Linae Williams added eight points for Danville, including hitting the game’s only two 3-pointers, and Olivia Outt scored seven.

The Bulldogs only led once in the game when Kauffman scored on a putback 38 seconds into the game for an early 2-0 lead and then she tied the game with 4:32 left in the first quarter at 4-4.

After that basket though, Jersey Shore’s offense went cold the remainder of the first quarter and into the second as Danville used a 13-0 run to take a double-digit lead. Jersey Shore would cut it down to nine points twice in the second quarter thanks to baskets by Kauffman, but that’d be the last time the Bulldogs were within single digits.

“It was almost like we were at the tip of the iceberg and you just needed one more bucket to get it down below 10 and get within that striking distance and we were close, we had some possessions,” Bischof said. “Both times we played them in the second half, they kind of ran away with it, but we were right there (tonight).”

Jersey Shore looked to shift the momentum at the start of the fourth quarter when Brielle Hess scored with 6:31 to play to cut the deficit to 10 points, but that would be the closest Jersey Shore would cut the deficit in the final quarter as Danville led by as many as 19 points halfway through the fourth.

Kauffman played excellent for Jersey Shore, ending with 16 points, five rebounds, three steals and an assist and hustled all 32 minutes of the game, never once coming out.

“I try to be the leader because for us, we feed off of each other’s energy. If one person’s down, we’re all going to be down,” Kauffman said. “So I feel like I need to step up as a senior and really push the younger girls and they feed off of it and we make good things happen off of it.”

“She’s amazing tonight. She didn’t come out, she didn’t want to come out, but she did a much better job in this game of finding a couple people that were open,” Bischof said.

Haley Stetts added eight points for the Bulldogs and Aubrey Stetts had a team-high eight rebounds.

Danville outrebounded Jersey Shore, 31-23, but Jersey Shore struggled on the defensive glass in the first half, having just three defensive rebounds at halftime as Danville got second-chance opportunities to increase its lead.

“Boards were a big thing today. I think we were right there to start the game,” Kauffman said. “Once they started pushing us out of the way inside, we just didn’t body up and didn’t set well.”

Danville 48, Jersey Shore 36

JERSEY SHORE (36)

Haley Stetts 2 4-4 8; Brielle Hess 2 0-0 4; Aubrey Stetts 0 3-7 3; Sadie Griswold 2 0-0 4; Hannah Kauffman 6 4-6 16; Reba Lorson 0 0-0 0; Aubrey Schilling 0 0-0 0; Sophia Kauffman 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 11-16 36.

DANVILLE (48)

Olivia Outt 3 1-2 7; Linae Williams 3 0-0 8; Emily Heath 1 1-2 3; Corinna Petrus 6 8-11 20; Clara Combo 4 2-2 10; Erin Cope 0 0-2 0; Joanna Campbell 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 12-19 48.

Jersey Shore4 8 12 12 – 36

Danville14 12 10 12 – 48

3-point goals: Danville 2 (Williams 2).

Records: Jersey Shore (12-12), Danville (22-3).

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