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Low point outputs in the first and third quarters ultimately doomed Ridgway in a 35-23 loss to Curwensville Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School in an AML South game.
Ridgway scored two points in the first quarter and three in the third quarter.
"It was poor execution," Ridgway coach Glenn Schauer said. "Defensively, we only gave up 35 points, not too bad. Offensively, we turned the ball over to the other team. It was just poor execution. It's frustrating. Sometimes we play well and then in games we can win, we play like this, frustrating."
Neither team found much offensive rhythm in the first quarter as Curwensville (4-7 overall, 2-2 AML South) held a 5-2 lead after the first eight minutes. Savannah Strickland opened the scoring with a 3-pointer for the Lady Tide and Katrina Seaburn added a 2-point field goal on a shot from around the free throw line to put Curwensville ahead 5-0. A long 2-pointer from Katie Oknefski put Ridgway on the board with three minutes left in the first quarter. There would be no further scoring until the second quarter.
As the second quarter began, Ciara Strickland took a Ridgway turnover in for a layup. Seaburn then buried a trey to put the Lady Tide up 10-2 with around 6:40 left. Nicole Breier hit an inside shot for the Lady Elkers and Savannah Strickland followed with a 2-point basket. After Curwensville extended the lead to 14-4, Ridgway answered with a Breier field goal and a Christine Schauer free throw. Ridgway struggled from the foul line, hitting only 3-of-14 attempts.
"That's the difference in the game right there," coach Schauer said. "We had too many turnovers."
A Breier field goal inside took the lead down to five. Ciara Strickland and Oknefski exchanged field goals as Ridgway trailed 16-11 at halftime.
After a Schauer free throw put Ridgway within four to start the second half, Curwensville scored the next eight points to begin to take control of the game. Becca Johnson and Savannah Strickland each made field goals for the Lady Tide, Ciara Strickland added one of her own and Tierra Shope hit a pair of free throws as the Lady Tide had its biggest lead of the game at 24-12 with around two minutes left in the third quarter.
Breier added a pair of points for the Lady Elkers but Curwensville closed out the quarter on a 5-0 spurt and led 29-14 entering the fourth quarter. Curwensville outscored Ridgway 13-3 in the third quarter.
The Lady Elkers rebounded well from the poor third quarter and opened the final eight minutes on an 8-0 run. Oknefski and Taylor Roseto each hit field goals for Ridgway to cut the lead 29-18 with 5:23 left. Breier nailed two straight layups and Ridgway was within seven at 29-22 with 3:13 remaining. Shope beat the Ridgway full-court press for a layup which made the margin 31-22. Curwensville made free throws down the stretch to round out the scoring for a 12-point win.
Coach Schauer said the Lady Elkers had good opportunities to beat the defense Curwensville presented which limited chances at the corners but left room in the lane.
"The defense they were playing, we should have been able to beat that," coach Schauer said. "A couple times we drove the lane but we were too busy turning it over at the top of the key."
Ridgway (0-15 overall, 0-4 AML South) is slated to host DuBois Central Catholic this Friday in another AML South contest.
In junior varsity action, Curwensville won by a score of 30-25.