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Central Mountain girls defeat Danville

Fourth quarter surges have become a theme for the Wildcats this season. Yet again, the Wildcats ended the game on the afterburner as they outscored Danville 16-7 in the quarter to win 49-33.

“The second half has been our half all year and the fourth quarter in particular,” said Central Mountain coach Scott Baker. “We’re getting to the point now that we start to smell winning and we want to close it out and get the win. When you’re winning, it becomes contagious.”

A major role in the fourth quarter burst was sophomore Kiahna Jones. Jones tallied up three of her seven total blocks throughout the sequence.

“Defense is one of the main things I do on the court, it’s my job to get blocks and rebounds, in order to get back down the court,” said Jones. “But mainly blocks so I can stop the shots, so we can keep going forward.”

Coach Baker recognizes her importance to the team on defense.

“She was definitely altering shots out there tonight,” said Baker. “She’s an important part of our defense. I’ve always said it, if you have somebody in the back of your defense that’s able to protect the rim, it allows you to become more aggressive out in the perimeter to create more turnovers.”

Central Mountain freshman guard Ava Renninger led the Wildcats with 18 points, while Danville senior guard Ella Dewald led the Ironmen with nine points.

Central Mountain’s defense was the narrative of the first quarter as the Wildcats held the Ironmen to six points in total. Their full-court press forced Danville to commit six turnovers throughout the quarter. The tight defense resulted in an early 16-6 lead at the end of the quarter.

Threes were raining in the beginning of the second quarter as none were made in the first. In less than three minutes, both teams scored a total of three. Danville during the quarter held the Wildcats to three points at the midway mark of the quarter and sequentially held them to five by the end of the quarter, rebounding from their first quarter start. At halftime it was anyone’s game as Central Mountain led 21-16.

It was a back-and-forth battle in the third quarter as Central Mountain started with 5-0 run sparked by an opening steal and layup by Renninger. Danville responded with a 6-0 run themselves. By the end of the quarter, Central Mountain narrowly outscored the Ironmen 12-10 to maintain their lead 33-26.

Danville were still in close-proximity at the start of the final quarter, but that was when the Wildcats went on their fourth quarter surge to secure the victory.

The Wildcats (13-1) are back on court tomorrow at home against Mifflinburg.

DANVILLE (33)

Ella Dewald 1 6-6 9, Riley Outt 4 0-0 8, Maddie Savers 3 0-0 6, Riley Maloney 2 0-0 5, Olivia Outt 1 0-0 3, Savannah Dowd 1 0-2 2. Totals 12 6-8 33.

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN (49)

Ava Renninger 7 3-6 18, Avery Baker 5 0-0 10, Kiahna Jones 4 0-0 8, Quinlynn McCann 2 1-2 6, Alyssa Fisher 2 0-0 5, Reese Doyle 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 4-8 49.

Danville 6 10 10 7 – 33

Central Mountain 16 5 12 16 – 49

3 point goals: Danville 3 (Dewald, Maloney, O. Outt); Central Mountain 3 (Renninger, McCann, Fisher).

Records: Danville (5-9), Central Mountain (13-1).

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