Avery Baker’s 19 points boosts CM in 43-32 win versus Milton
By SHAREIK FLOWERS
MILL HALL- The Central Mountain girls basketball defeated the Milton Black Panthers last night, 43-32. The loss ended the Wildcats’ 4-game losing streak and improved their record to 5-6 on the season.
The victory completed the series sweep versus Milton this season as the Black Panthers provided the Wildcats quality competition in both contests.
“I give Milton some credit, they got better,” Central Mountain coach Scott Baker said after the game. “We really had to battle there and I give them credit because they got after the offensive boards pretty hard.
“It was tough going there for a while. But in the beginning of the fourth quarter we were probably able to stretch it out a little bit. So I’m pleased with the fact that we stuck with it, even though it wasn’t easy-going for awhile.”
Avery Baker’s name was called often and the sharpshooter delivered. She scored a season-high 19 points and had a balanced-shot selection on the floor.
“She’s starting to get a better idea that there’s more to the game than the three-point shot,which is clearly her strength,” coach Baker said of Avery. “But she’s starting to get a clue that if you get into the lane you can get to the foul line a little bit and you came make some other things happen. And there’s no question that after her first couple of shots she was feeling really good about her shot.”
After leading 31-27 entering the fourth, CM got a huge momentum-boosting play when Mia Kopysciansky drew a charge to negate a Milton layup. Soon after, Kopysciansky connected with Avery Baker for a basket to stretch CM’s lead, 33-27. After Milton responded with a score, Central Mountain retaliated with a 7-0 run. Quinlynn McCann connected with Kiahna Jones for a score, Baker drilled a mid range shot then McCann proceeded to hit a trio of free throws to build CM’s lead, 40-29.
McCann, the team’s leading scorer this season, finished second on the Wildcats with 15 points. She scored the Wildcats’ first six points of the evening, and along side Avery Baker she’s dominating the scoring for Central Mountain this year.
“Those are our two top scorers, and they’ve been that every game so far,” coach Baker said of the duo. “We need them to score. But there’s some other girls that we think can score a little bit, and we talk about that all the time. “
Central Mountain finished the evening with a trio of free throws before ending the game with a 43-32 win and its first victory since a 40-33 win against Bald Eagle Area back on Jan. 2.
Central Mountain (5-6) returns Monday with a home matchup versus Hollidaysburg. It’s the first of three scheduled home games next week for the Wildcats.
“It’s definitely nice that we’re playing at home [all week],” Baker said. “Hollidaysburg is a good team, so we’ll come out and it gives us the opportunity to play against a good team and see where we’re at.”
Central Mountain 43, Milton 32
Milton 9 10 8 5– 32
Cen M. 8 11 12 12– 43
Central Mountain: Avery Baker 6 5-6 19, Quinlynn McCann 4 6-7 15, Mia Kopysciansky 1 2-2 5, Kiahna Jones 1 0-0 2, Faith Carter 1 0-0 2
Milton: Kiersten Stork 4 2-2 10, Crystal Hamilton 1 4-6 6, Tori Brink 3 0-0 6, Taylor Snyder 2 0-0 4, Leah Walter 1 0-0 3, Raulerys Vega-Garcia 1 1-2 3
Central Mountain 4 (Baker 2) (McCann)(Kopysciansky)
Milton 1 (Walter)