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In a game full of long runs, DuBois Central Catholic held the Elkers scoreless for over 13 minutes in the second and third quarters during a stretch which saw the Lady Cardinals pull away in a 53-21 win over Ridgway in an AML South girls basketball game Friday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Ridgway led 15-10 with just under six minutes remaining in the second quarter after a made field goal from Taylor Roseto of the Lady Elkers. DuBois Central Catholic then would score 33 unanswered points to round out the second quarter and much of the third quarter. A Jenni Thomas field goal with 40 seconds left in the third quarter broke the Ridgway scoring drought.
At 15-10, Alyssa Marchioni went in for a layup for the Lady Cardinals and Kylie Schaffer would score with 3:50 left to put DCC within one. A transition layup from Marchioni put the Lady Cardinals ahead for good. Lauresa Gulvas buried a shot for DCC and a steal and subsequent layup on the front end of a 3-point play from Aundrea Snyder had the DuBois Central Catholic lead to 20-15. A 2-point field goal from Gabby Ridenour had the lead to 22-15 entering halftime.
"We just turned the ball over, they got a couple easy layups and then we just kind of got down after that," Ridgway coach Glenn Schauer said. "I can't be any happier with even the first half. We got to learn how to play four quarters. It wasn't because they were tired out. They just need to keep it under control."
Maria French and Gulvas added 2-pointers in the third quarter to up the lead to 26-15. Snyder and a trey from Gulvas added to the lead and made it 31-15. Gulvas led all scorers with 15 points.
DCC would add 12 more points in the quarter before Thomas' field goal.
After trailing 8-0 to start the game, Ridgway started to make a comeback and put together a 15-2 run to take a 5-point lead. Nicole Breier would score Ridgway's first points on an offensive rebound with three minutes left in the first quarter. A field goal from Ridenour put the lead to 10-2 but Katie Oknefski added a jumper and made the margin six again. At the end of the first quarter, Thomas buried a long 3-pointer from the top of the key and the Lady Elkers trailed 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Breier added a field goal to start the second quarter as a Breier shot inside made the score 10-9. Oknefski stole a cross-court pass near midcourt and cruised in for a layup and a chance at a 3-point play. Oknefski missed the free throw but Breier was able to grab the offensive rebound and make the lead 13-10. Roseto's field goal added to the Ridgway lead before the Lady Cardinals began to take control of the game with the long run.
"I just told them downstairs, it was a good quarter and a half," coach Schauer said. "They should know that they can play with anybody now. I guess it's just trying to convince them that they can play well and they can, they can play well if they take their time on offense, move the ball around and get the ball inside, they can do what they need to do."
DCC (6-9 overall, 4-1 AML South) outscored Ridgway 10-4 in the fourth quarter to round out the game.
Ridgway (0-16 overall, 0-5 AML South) is slated to play at Brockway on Monday in another AML South matchup.