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ST. MARYS â€“ The Johnsonburg Ramettes handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team a 41-35 non-league loss last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven in the opening game of the 2011-12 season for both squads.
This was the first game in four years that the Lady Dutch have played without the schoolâ€™s all-time scorer, Kayla Hoohuli, now a member of the Canisius College Golden Griffs basketball team.
Last nightâ€™s game was a close contest for 32 minutes as neither team was able to get a run. The Ramettes led 11-10 after one period, 20-18 at the half and 28-27 at the end of three quarters.
â€śYou canâ€™t win if you donâ€™t box out,â€ť said St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli. â€śEvery opportunity we had, we made it a point of emphasis to box out.â€ť
â€śWatts (Brittany) is a good player and we lost her several times on the inside and she was able to capitalize on that,â€ť said Hoohuli. â€śWe have to keep working as a group. The girls arenâ€™t going to quit. They play from start to finish.â€ť
The Lady Dutch were led offensively by Jenna Anderson with 13 points on one two, three threes and a one-for-two night from the foul line. Kiana Hoohuli added 10 points on three threes and a foul shot.
The Ramettes were led by Brittany Watts with 20 points on eight field goals and a four-for-seven night from the foul line. Kiana Myers was next with eight points.
â€śI am happy, the team is happy. This is the first time in five years that we have beaten St. Marys Area,â€ť said Johnsonburg coach Mike Zilkofski.
â€śThis was a good start to the season. The girls are happy they could get the win,â€ť said Zilkofski.
â€śThe girls played well. They played well defensively and under control,â€ť added Zilkofski. â€śThis is new territory for us winning the first game of the season.â€ť
The game opened with Johnsonburg scoring the first six points on a bucket by Myers and two by Watts. Adair Gennocro hit a three and later added two foul shots to make it 6-4 at the 4:25 mark of the first period. Watts sank one of two foul shots before SMAâ€™s Anderson hit a three, tying the game at 7-7. Watts made it 9-7 before Anderson connected on another three to make it 10-9 for the Lady Dutchâ€™s first lead of the game. Myers scored the final points of the first period as Johnsonburg led 11-10.
Watts made it 12-10 with a foul shot for the first points of the second period. Watts missed the second shot but got the follow-up for a field goal, 14-10. Gennocro made two of three foul shots, 16-12. Sloan Foster made it 16-14 before Hoohuli hit a three, giving St. Marys the 17-16 lead. Rhianon Fowler hit a three and Watts added a foul shot, 20-17. Abbey Cribbs converted one of two foul shots for the Lady Dutch to make it 20-18 at the half in favor of the Ramettes.
Myers scored for Johnsonburg to start the second half. Hoohuli hit a three to cut the Ramettesâ€™ lead to 22-21. Johnsonburg went on a 6-0 run as Watts, Myers and Chelsea Benson scored to make it 28-21 with 4:55 left in the third period. Foster hit a field goal, Anderson another three and Gennocro added a foul shot as the Lady Dutch closed it to 28-27 at the end of three quarters.
Gennocro sank a foul shot to knot the game at 28 to open the fourth quarter. Watts converted a three-point play with 7:05 left, 31-28. She scored at the 6:29 mark to make it 33-28. Anderson cut it to 33-30 with a field goal at the 4:17 mark. Benson sank two foul shots before Anderson sank one for St. Marys, 35-31. The Ramettes took a 38-31 lead with a little over a minute left. Hoohuli hit a three at the 1:08 mark and converted a foul shot to make it 38-35. Danie Dwyer sank two foul shots and Fowler added a foul shot, making the final score 41-35 in favor of the Ramettes.
The Lady Dutch are now 0-1 on the season. They return to action next Tuesday when they play host to the Cameron County Lady Raiders in a non-league game.
The Ramettes are now 1-0 on the season and will return to action next Wednesday when they travel to Elk County Catholic for an AML encounter.
The St. Marys junior varsity squad held on for a 31-29 victory in the preliminary contest.
Johnsonburg took a 10-6 first-period lead. The Lady Dutch came back in the second quarter to outscore the Ramettes 10-2 to take a 16-12 halftime lead.
Each team scored eight third-period points. Johnsonburg outscored St. Marys 9-7 in the fourth quarter but it wasnâ€™t enough as the Lady Dutch won 31-29.
SMA scoring: Courtney Luepkes 5, Jackie Lenze 2, DeAnna Yost 10, Cassie Daniels 4, Lena Hanes 4, Rachel Krieg 6.
Johnsonburg scoring: Imbrogno 6, Kocjancic 14, Polaski 6, Marciniak 1, Cardoni.
Johnsonburg 11 9 8 13 - 41
St. Marys 10 8 9 8 - 35
Johnsonburg â€“ 41
Kiana Myers 4-0-0-0-8, Danie Dwyer 0-0-2-3-2, Rhianon Fowler, 0-1-1-2-4, Chelsea Benson 2-0-3-6-7, Brittany Watts 8-0-4-7-20, Mary Kate McAlee 0-0-0-0-0, Lydia Hefright 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 14-1-10-18-41.
St. Marys â€“ 35
Abbey Cribbs 0-0-1-2-1, Jenna Anderson 1-3-1-2-12, Sloan Foster 2-0-0-0-4, Adair Gennocro 0-1-5-9-8, DeAnna Yost 0-0-0-0-0, Cassie Daniels 0-0-0-0-0, Kiana Hoohuli 0-3-1-1-10, Becky Krieg 0-0-0-0-0, Taylor Schutz 0-0-0-0-0, Rachel Krieg 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 3-7-8-14-35.