Lady Wildcats hot start halted in home loss to Danville
By SHAREIK FLOWERS
MILL HALL – Central Mountain opened the season with back-to-back wins, but last night the team didn’t have its best performance versus Danville.
Turnovers and defensive breakdowns resulted in a rough outing for the Wildcats. They converted just 10 field goals, surrendered 25, and dropped the game 66-29 in similar fashion as previous season’s losses. Though the loss was lopsided it doesn’t negate the vast improvements Central Mountain has already displayed early into its schedule. They’ve won two of three games after losing 48 straight– and while they may not be a district-championship caliber team yet, the program is undoubtedly trending upward as the team is completing the process of reviving the CM girls basketball culture.
“Honestly, in the first half I thought we competed very well,” Central Mountain coach Scott Baker said. “Particularly in the second quarter when we had the chance to cut their lead to eight. I was pleased generally in the first half with our intensity level, but I was not pleased with the way we played in the second half at all.”
Central Mountain fell behind 22-9 after the first before keeping pace with Danville in the second. The Ironmen outscored the Wildcats 13-11 in the period, but the dagger was Linae Williams’ last-second three point shot to stretch Danville’s lead 35-20 entering halftime.
Williams led the game with 26 points on the night and showed the ability score from anywhere on the floor. She drilled six three pointers and converted another four shots. She narrowly missed a double-double as she finished with eight rebounds and another six steals.
“She was just a good player,” Baker said of Williams. “Inside she could finish, she could shoot outside, she had a really nice shot from the perimeter and she’s got a little bit of size. The girls that we have who got some size are real young, and she’s a [senior], and there’s a difference.”
Danville began to put he game away in the third, out-scoring CM 17-5 to take a 52-25 lead into the fourth. CM’s lone points in the period were a pair of free throws from Quinlynn McCann, and a Kiahna Jones rebound then assist from off the floor to Avery Baker who drilled a three pointer.
The Wildcats managed just four points in the fourth before falling 66-29 in the game. Like the previous three quarters, ball security reduced CM’s scoring opportunities. They committed 22 turnovers on the evening, while allowing 24 points off turnovers and 16 second-chance points to the Ironmen.
“We just got really sloppy,” Baker said. “We were really pushing and forcing shots, passes and things like that. But I tip my cap to Danville, they’re a good team.”
A trio of athletes totaled CM’s scoring. Quinlynn McCann was the WIidcats’ leading scorer for the third consecutive game with 15, while Avery Baker added nine and Kiahna Jones recorded five.
“We had some players who made plays here and there, but there was nobody who I thought had a really solid game, individually, from beginning to end,”Baker said. “I thought there was a good spurt here or there, but generally speaking I just tip my cap off to Danville. They were just better than us tonight.”
Central Mountain (2-1) returns Monday with an away matchup against DuBois.
“I haven’t seen them on film yet, but hopefully tomorrow Ill take a look at that,” Baker said.
Danville 66, Central Mountain 29
1 2 3 4 F
DV 22 13 17 14 66
CM 9 11 5 4- 29
Central Mountain: Quinlynn McCann 5 4-6 15, Avery Baker 3 2-3 9, Kiahna Jones 2 1-4 5
Danville: Linae Williams 10 0-2 26, Corinna Petrus 8 3-6 19, Ella DeWald 3 0-0 6, Kylee Kush 1 3-5 5, Emily Heath 1 2-2 4,Olivia Outt 0 2-2 2, Melanie Egan 1 0-0 2, Savannah Dowd 1 0-0 2
Central Mountain 2 (McCann), (Baker)
Danville 6 (Williams 6)